October 28, 2015
Director, Rules and Competitions
Jeff Ninnemann is the Director of Rules and Competitions for the Southern California Golf Association. In this role, he leads the SCGA’s tournament program and oversees the SCGA rules education program, which includes seminars for members and volunteers, and the production of the SCGA’s award-winning online rules education programs, Rules Crew and Know the Rules. He serves as the staff member in charge of the SCGA Amateur Championship, the California Amateur and California Senior Amateur Championships when played in Southern California.
During his time as Director, he has worked with industry partners to create two new championships in Southern California to serve markets previously never reached – the Women's Southern California Amateur Championship and Southern California Junior Amateur Golf Championship. Ninnemann has also teamed up with SCGA Junior to develop an enhanced relationship that brings more opportunities for So-Cal youth, including an SCGA Junior qualifier where participants have the opportunity to earn a spot in both the SCGA Amateur and Women’s Southern California Amateur Championships. He has also worked to successfully reinstate the Junior Clinic as part of the SCGA Amateur Championship’s festivities.
Prior to becoming director, Ninnemann was instrumental in the creation of the SCGA tournament pace of play policy and SCGA Pace of Play Pledge, an initiative that has reduced the amount of time played in tournament rounds by 30 minutes and received over 5,000 signees. Ninnemann also enhanced the SCGA Points List and created the SCGA Match Play Championship – a competition derived from that list – which brought greater importance to the program and established a year-long competition amongst hundreds of avid SCGA tournament players.
Ninnemann began his career with the SCGA in 2003 as a P.J. Boatwright, Jr. Intern, where he ran events with the Rules and Competitions team, participated on course ratings and was part of the annual membership renewal process in the Handicap Department. He also wrote articles and produced content for FORE magazine, SCGA’s primary print publication. After then working at the NCGA for one year, Ninnemann returned to the SCGA in 2005 where he has been ever since.
Ninnemann earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and competed on the golf team there.