Director of 41st Ryder Cup Jeff Hintz Named CEO of Minnesota PGA
By: Andy Skoogman
The Minnesota Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) announced that Jeff Hintz, Director of the 41st Ryder Cup hosted by Hazeltine National Golf Club, has been hired as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Section and its Foundation.
Recently named “Sportsman of the Year” by the Star Tribune newspaper, Hintz, 38, brings extensive experience in golf management, administration and event operations to his new dual role.
The Indianapolis native’s impressive golf resume began in Minnesota long before he moved to the state two years ago to lead the 2016 Ryder Cup, the biennial match between the United States and Europe, heralded as the most compelling event in golf.
“I am deeply honored, and grateful for the opportunity to serve as the CEO for the Minnesota Section of The PGA of America,” said Hintz. “I look forward to leading our staff in serving the most critical growth ingredient in the game of golf, PGA Professionals. I also look forward to expanding our charitable foundation’s activity and programming which is vital to the future of our game. A profound commitment to excellence will be at the core of everything we do.”
The Minnesota Section PGA Foundation was founded in 1995 as a 501(C) 3 charitable organization. It focuses on Youth, Military and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives. Since inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 to students and has conducted impactful PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) programs with local VA hospitals that serve men and women military personnel by using golf as an activity to assist veterans in their progress in rehab. The Section also has a long-standing relationship with Special Olympics Minnesota.
“We’re very excited and fortunate to hire a proven leader like Mr. Hintz,” said Minnesota PGA President Joel Burger. “Our Board of Directors recognized a unique opportunity to keep someone in Minnesota who arguably delivered the greatest event in the history of golf. His hiring accelerates our ability to improve service to our Section members and grow the game of golf in our Section.”
Hintz started his golf career as an intern at the Coldwell Banker Burnet Senior Classic in 1999. He began working on PGA of America Championships in 2001 and held various leadership positions with within the Championship Department including serving as Championship Director for the Senior PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014. For the last two years, he served as Ryder Cup Director.
The Minnesota PGA also named Jon Tollette as the Chief Operating Officer in the restructuring of the Section office.
The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.