LPGA unanimously votes Princeton AD Mollie Marcoux Samaan as next commissioner

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New LPGA commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan
Mollie Marcoux Samaan, seen here in 2017, is the next commissioner of the LPGA. (Rob Kim/Getty Images)

The LPGA has unanimously tabbed its replacement for Mike Wahan.

Princeton athletic director Mollie Marcoux Samaan was elected on Tuesday to become the ninth commissioner of the women’s professional golf league — which made her just the second woman to hold the position in the LPGA’s history.

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“I truly believe that this is one of the very best jobs in all of sports,” Marcoux Samaan said, via The Associated Press. “I think in this moment in time with just such tremendous positive energy around women’s sports, around women’s leadership, around society’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, I think that we at the LPGA have just this unique platform to change lives for the better.

“I love helping people, particularly helping people through sports reach their peak potential and realize their dreams.”

Marcoux Samaan replaces Wahan, who led the organization for a decade before opting to leave to become the new CEO of the U.S. Golf Association.

Marcoux Samaan has spent the last seven years as the athletic director at Princeton, where she attended herself and played both soccer and hockey. The university has won 65 Ivy League titles during her tenure there. While she didn’t play golf, she reportedly holds a 7.4 handicap index at North Fork Country Club in New York, where she’s won five club championships.

She is now the first woman to lead the LPGA since Carolyn Bivens. Bivens was hired in 2005, but lasted only until 2009 — a season in which 10 of the 24 LPGA tournaments were held abroad, per the report.

The LPGA is currently in the middle of its season, with the Bank of Hope LPGA Match Play in Las Vegas set to kick off on Wednesday. The U.S. Women’s Open will take place next week in San Francisco.

“I just think at this moment what could be better than sponsoring the LPGA and sort of how we’re all working towards providing the most diverse and inclusive environments within our companies,” Marcoux Samaan said, via The Associated Press. “And to be able to use the LPGA as a platform and commitment to that equity I think is a huge opportunity.”

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