As the first female commissioner in golf, Bivens has been controversial from the get go. She was constantly under scrutiny for her decisions, particularly her negotiation tactics and people skills—both of which contributed to her downfall.
UNDER INTENSE PRESSURE from a player revolt that overshadowed last week’s U.S. Women’s Open, LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens resigned on Monday.
I have no idea what Bivens is feeling this morning, but relief may be among the jumble of emotions. It has been a tumultuous ride for the commish, a tenure that many would hold up as a case study for how not to run a pro sport.
Stephanie Wei, blogger of Wei Under Par and a former collegiate golfer who has a close relationship with many LPGA players, has penned a piece for the Huffington Post about Biven’s tenure and downfall.
Until the LPGA can complete a search for its next commissioner, Bivens will be replaced by Marsha Evans, a former rear admiral in the United States Navy.
I can’t help but note the symbolism of an admiral at the helm. Because the LPGA has no time to lose to right the ship.
−The Armchair Golfer