Ty Votaw, 42, has been with the LPGA since 1991--the last six years as commissioner--or three fourths of his professional life. He has announced that he will leave the tour at the end of the season.
This is an article from the April 5, 2005 issue
SI: Your thoughts on your last Kraft Nabisco?
TV: It has a real ambience to it. There's no other women's tournament that has been played on the same course and televised by a major network for 30-plus years. The players grew up watching this event. And three of the last four years we've had great weather while the Players Championship hasn't.
SI: What will you miss most?
TV: The people who are part of this traveling circus. Certainly the players, the 34 business units--the tournaments--and all the people who put on those tournaments. The fans, the media, my staff.
SI: Is there a time frame for naming your successor?
TV: I'd like a resolution in May or June so there can be a couple of months of transition while we're having three of our four majors.
SI: You must feel like NBA commissioner David Stern dealing with all these teenagers.
TV: The analogy isn't perfect because LeBron James isn't limited to playing only 25% of the NBA schedule. We have an eight-event cap for players under 18.
SI: Has the job been harder or easier than you imagined?
TV: It's gotten easier as time has passed. When I took over, I told the players that it'd be a struggle to keep all of them happy. What I underestimated was the extent to which I could make some of them unhappy.