Michael Tothe, a member of the tournament staff at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial since 2008, will take over as the event’s new tournament director.
Jeff Moten, president of Colonial Country Club, announced Tothe’s promotion today.
Tothe replaces Peter Ripa, who resigned in June to accept a similar post with the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Ripa will become executive director of the Century Club, the charitable organization that oversees the San Diego event, following the conclusion of the 2012 tournament.
Tothe has served as the director of sales and sponsor relations for Fort Worth’s annual PGA Tour stop since 2008. Someone else will fill that role soon, with Tothe sliding into the tournament director’s role for the 2012 event, to be held May 21-27 at Colonial.
Moten said Colonial officials were “excited to promote Michael into this important position” because his experience within the golf industry and at the Colonial tournament offer “a great asset for us.”
Before joining the tournament staff, To the worked for the American Junior Golf Association, the Royal Canadian Golf Association and IMG’s Golf Services Division in Singapore.
“I’m really excited to take on this new role with a tournament that has the history and success of Colonial,” Tothe said. “We occupy a special place in the world of professional golf, and I look forward to continuing our prestige and standards of excellence.”
In recent years, Colonial has won multiple awards from the PGA Tour for its marketing approach and set a tournament record for charitable giving with $6.6 million in 2008, Tothe's first year on the tournament staff.
_ Jimmy Burch