February 29, 2024

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Jim Richerson, president of PGA of America, named general manager of Riviera Country Club

From the PGA of America and Troon to Riviera Country Club, Jim Richerson is on the move.

Riviera Country Club President Megan Watanabe made an announcement on Wednesday that Richerson will be the new general manager of the historic venue in Los Angeles, site of the Genesis Invitational.

Richerson, who works at Troon’s corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, will move with his family to southern California when he begins his new role. He has been president of the PGA of America since November 2020 and his term, which included a Ryder Cup victory for the U.S. last September, will end at the two-year mark this November.

“We are thrilled to have Jim join our team at The Riviera Country Club,” Watanabe said in a statement released by the club. “Jim is a respected leader in the world of golf and his expertise and relationships will be a great asset in leading us as we head toward our centennial as well as the U.S. Women’s Open in 2026 and the men’s and women’s Olympic golf competitions in 2028.”

The club was founded in 1926.

“The Riviera Country Club is one of the most prestigious clubs in the world,” said Richerson in the same statement. “I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of continuing the great legacy and history of this iconic club and working with our dedicated executive team and passionate membership.”

Richerson, who has 34 years of experience working in golf, has been with Troon for five years, where he was Senior Vice-President of Operations. Before that, he was the general manager for Kohler Co. in Wisconsin where he ran the facilities at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run as well as The Duke’s Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

Richerson’s dad was the golf coach at Northeast Missouri State, now called Truman State.


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