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PGA elects Suzy Whaley as 1st female officer at annual meeting

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec 3, 2002, file photo, Suzy Whaley smiles while on the set of Golf Central at the Golf Channel in Orlando, Fla. More than one decade after becoming the first woman to qualify for a PGA event in 58 years, Whaley became the first female officer in the PGA of America's history, when the organization elected her as secretary, on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Fowler)

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec 3, 2002, file photo, Suzy Whaley smiles while on the set of Golf Central at the Golf Channel in Orlando, Fla. More than one decade after becoming the first woman to qualify for a PGA event in 58 years, Whaley became the first female officer in the PGA of America's history, when the organization elected her as secretary, on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Rick Fowler)  (The Associated Press)

Suzy Whaley has been elected the first female officer in PGA of America history Saturday, a move that virtually assures her of becoming the association's first female president in 2018.

The milestone moment came at the end of the PGA's annual meeting in Indianapolis. Whaley received 52.63 percent of the vote, Russ Libby got 33.33 percent and Michael Haywood 14.04 percent in the secretary's race.

In 2016, Whaley will become vice president, then serve a two-year term as president and two more years as honorary president. Each step requires a formal vote, usually a technicality.

Derek Sprague will take over as president and Paul Levy as vice president. Allen Wronowski received a two-year extension as honorary president to fill the void left by ousted president Ted Bishop.