Steranka to retire from PGA of America

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Joe Steranka is retiring at the end of the year as chief executive of the PGA of America.

The 53-year-old Steranka will have spent seven years as CEO when he steps down Dec. 31. He said Wednesday he wants to find a new challenge.

In the meantime, he'll preside over a big year for the PGA of America, which oversees club pros and runs the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup.

It launched a program called "Golf 2.0" to attract more people to the sport, and the Americans will try to win back the Ryder Cup at Medinah in September.

Steranka said a search committee would be formed in the next few weeks, and a successor would be in place by the end of the year.