Ryan Ballengee has put his name in the hat for LPGA Commissioner. Any more established candidate had better have half the strategic plan as he does. And what's more, I'm sure the LPGA could get Ryan and his team at a bargain. Just imagine Hound Dog in charge of tour stats, Stephanie Wei in charge of the LPGA's Web 2.0 initiative, Mulligan Stu as head blogger, and The Florida Masochist as ombudsman/media critic. Oh yeah, and The Constructivist a consultant on creating connections between the LPGA, JLPGA, KLPGA, LET, ALPG, and LAGT via coordination of schedules, co-sponsorship of events, and collaborations in marketing the global stars, national heroines, and up-and-comers in the world of women's professional golf. Anyone else want in? My guess is they can get us all for the price of 1 Bivens.
[Update 1 (4:16 am): It's great that Randall Mell noted Ji-Yai Shin's JLPGA win on the Shag Bag blog yesterday, but it's shocking to me his 3 short paragraphs are the only words on one of the biggest bellwethers of the LPGA's home stretch I've found in the golfy media.]
[Update 2 (10/28/09, 1:36 pm): Well, it wasn't Ryan, after all. But he does have some background on Michael Whan, including a link to his mystery/crime novel.]
[Update 3 (3:28 pm): Here's Brent Kelley and Jay Busbee with facts and links, and Jamie RS and Bill Jempty with reactions.]
[Update 4 (4:18 pm): Classic Geoff Shackelford take. But what about the line quoted by AP that actually sounds like it was spoken by a human being?]
[Update 5 (10:54 pm): Shackelford piles on with the anti-corporatist sarcasm as only he can, but check out the primary source material from Stephanie Wei as you're drawing your own inferences.]