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July 22, 2017

Jeff Hintz Joins The Minnesota Section PGA
Jeff Hintz Photo Courtesy Star Tribune
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Jeff Hintz Photo Courtesy Star Tribune
By R.J. Smiley

The Minnesota Section of the PGA of America just scored the equivalent of a hole in one. Jeff Hintz assumed a newly created position of CEO for the Minnesota Section PGA. For the past four years Jeff has worked as the Tournament Director of the 2016 Ryder Cup. The exceptional job he did earned him the honor Sportsman of the Year award by the Minnesota Sports Community. Hintz had his bag packed for a move to St. Louis where he was going to assume the title of Tournament Chairman for the 2018 PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club when the opportunity to work for the Minnesota Section came up.

"I want to thank the PGA of American for the confidence they placed in me during the Ryder Cup. The job was a dream come true, I will never have a job as 'sexy' as Tournament Director of the Ryder Cup. I am extremely proud of the job we did with the Ryder Cup and I want to thank all those who helped create an unforgettable Ryder Cup experience for Minnesota and the world."

"The decision to take the job with the Minnesota Section was easy, really. We wanted to stay in Minnesota; we just love our life here. Chaska has become our home. We have four young kids and my wife has a job as an occupational therapist. Moving would have been very difficult."

Hintz will bring the organizational talents he developed with the Ryder Cup job as CEO. But more importantly, he will bring a Rolodex filled with the biggest movers and shakers in Minnesota and around the country. Jeff intends to expand the brand image of the Minnesota PGA and focus on helping the partners that the Minnesota PGA's Foundation supports.

In his first month on the job Jeff has learned a lot. He has been trying to wrap his arms around the variety of programs that are supported in some way by the PGA Foundation. He mentioned the license plate program "Play Golf Minnesota." The program is a cooperative venture with the Minnesota Golf Association. All money raised through the program will be used to promote golf in Minnesota. There is a $30 contribution, each time a golfer purchases one of theses distinctive "Play Golf Minnesota" license plates. That money goes directly to the Foundation. The money will be used to promote golf throughout the state. Focus for the Foundation's money will be made to bring new players into the game. "There is a big emphasis on bringing veterans in to our game," Jeff said.

The Foundation also funds Minnesota Junior Golf Association, Play Golf America and the First Tee. These organizations work at not only introducing kids to golf, but also make them better citizens.

Jeff, who may be one of the best-known golf personalities in Minnesota, intends to capitalize on that celebrity status to spread the word about the Foundation and the good work that the PGA does. "In the past the Minnesota Section has done a great job of conducting golf events and promoting golf. Jon Tollette and his staff have never really had a person who will devote a majority of their time to Foundation work. That is where I intend to focus my efforts."

Indeed the Minnesota golf community is very fortunate to have a man of Jeff Hintz's knowledge, energy and experience carrying our banner. Everyone involved in golf; players, course operators and employees, will benefit from having Jeff Hintz and his family remain citizens of Minnesota.

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