The Rise and Fall of Carolyn Bivens

The Rise and Fall of Carolyn Bivens 1As 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.
−Stephanie Wei

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

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2 thoughts on “The Rise and Fall of Carolyn Bivens”

  1. Where will the 2013 Solheim Cup be played? More importantly, which player sponsor(s)/company(s)/course was not awarded it? Which player and player's husband are associated with the company(s)/course that was not awarded the tournament? What was that company's motivation in the first place to retain a player's husband as an employee? How much was the player's husband compensated to be an advisor? What repercussions occurred/might occur if that player's sponsor/company/course didn't get the event? Can the player get the decision reversed?

    My guess is: Cristie Kerr?


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