PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida—Jack Warfield, a 42-year veteran of the golf industry, who worked as a PGA TOUR executive for 21 years, the last eight as PGA TOUR Latinoamérica President, announced his retirement October 18. He will remain as the Tour’s President through the end of the year.
“In a 40-plus-year career in golf, with more than half of that time spent working for the PGA TOUR, Jack Warfield contributed to the growth of the game in untold ways, initiating and launching so many events that now define the TOUR’s global presence. His impact expanding our sport throughout the world, and especially in Latin America, will be felt for years to come,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “Under his leadership, Jack had a vision for PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, he assembled a tremendous team and began building relationships in the region. Because of his efforts, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica has prospered. We appreciate what Jack has accomplished and for all his contributions, and we wish him the very best in retirement.”
Warfield’s entire career has been spent in professional golf, with wide and varied assignments that have taken him to six of the seven continents and 81 countries, territories and regions. In that time, he has associated with the game’s all-time greats while also spending considerable time with young, up-and-coming players just getting started as pros.
After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he was a three-year member of the golf team, Warfield worked for Executive Sports from 1978-82, managing PGA TOUR and LPGA tournaments. Following a four-year stint as a LPGA rules official, Warfield became the Tournament Director at PGA TOUR Champions’ GTE Senior Classic, in 1987.
In 1989, Warfield became significantly involved in international golf as Vice President of Golf for Riber Sports Marketing, and in conjunction with the new company he formed, Global Golf Management, led a team that managed professional tournaments in Europe, Asia and Africa. During that time, Warfield simultaneously served as Tournament Director for the World Cup of Golf, a position he held until 1999. Warfield joined the PGA TOUR that same year, serving as Vice President of the newly formed World Golf Championships. He was also instrumental in the growth and development of the Presidents Cup, an event that features players from the U.S. and countries outside of Europe competing against each other in a biennial, team competition.
“It has been my great opportunity to see the change in professional golf events over the past 42 years. What began as smaller, community-driven events when I first began my career, with hundreds of wonderfully committed volunteers, has morphed into huge television, sponsorship and hospitality events. But the core volunteer heartbeat and charity focus remain vibrant to this day. That’s a very heartening thing to see.”
When former PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem asked Warfield to serve as President of PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Warfield enthusiastically accepted the challenge of building what became the Tour’s fourth Tour and served as a template for International Tours that would follow—the Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, in 2013, and PGA TOUR Series-China, a year later.