Former Executive Committee Member
December 20, 2005
John Laupheimer, a former member of the USGA Executive
Committee as well as the USGA staff, died Monday in London,
England, at the age of 75 following a long bout with cancer.
Laupheimer had slipped into a coma a few weeks ago.
The native of Philadelphia served on the USGA Executive
Committee from 1974-76 before being asked to join the staff as
the executive director of administration under Executive Director
Prior to that, he served as the president of Merion Golf Club
in Ardmore, Pa., and was instrumental in bringing the 1966 U.S.
Amateur and 1971 U.S. Open to the club. Merion, which hosted the
2005 U.S. Amateur, has hosted more USGA championships than any
other club in the country (17). Laupheimer also was the president
of the Pennsylvania Golf Association before being asked to join
the Executive Committee in 1974.
Following his stint at the USGA, Laupheimer became the second
commissioner of the LPGA Tour and served in that role from
1982-88. During his tenure, Laupheimer elevated the status of
that professional circuit by increasing the number of tournaments
and purses, which led to expanded television coverage and an
increase in spectators. Prize money went from $6.4 million to
$12.5 million. He also is credited for attracting major corporate
sponsorship to women's golf.
Laupheimer left the LPGA Tour to join International Management
Group as an international vice president, but he also remained
active as a USGA volunteer. In 1988, Laupheimer received the
Patty Berg and the Herb Graffis Awards for his accomplishments.
And in 2004, the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association presented
him with the Distinguished Services Award for his contributions
to the game.
A funeral service will be held Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. at the St.
Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the
family asks to consider a donation to CancerBACUP at 3 Bath
Place, Rivington Street, London, England EC2A 3JR.