Nebraska Golf Association

Nebraska Golf Association

Executive Director Craig Ames:

Craig Ames, the Executive Director of the Nebraska Golf Association oversees all operations regarding competitions, communication, and foundation related business. The Nebraska Golf Association annually holds some of the best run tournaments in the country. Craig is invaluable to Nebraska Golf. He scored a perfect 100 on his USGA Rules Assessment and has been a walking rules official in National USGA competitions, most recently the U.S. Open.



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The Nebraska Golf Association, founded in 1966, is comprised of all members of public and private clubs and/or municipal or regional golf associations which utilize an approved handicap service recognized by the USGA and provided by the NGA. Our mission is to uphold and promote the game of golf and its values to all golfers in Nebraska.

The Association is governed by a Board of Directors made up of no more than twenty-one (21) individuals representing member clubs of the NGA with consideration given to reasonable geographic representation to all parts of Nebraska. A full-time staff manages the day-to-day duties of the associaiton.

Among the duties of the Association include governance of member clubs and service as their handicapping and course rating authority, conduct of state golf championships, local USGA qualifying & other notable competitions, promotion of junior golf, presentation of worthwhile educational programs and support of allied golf organizations in Nebraska.

The Nebraska Golf Association is licensed by the USGA to provide both USGA Handicap Indexes and USGA Course and Slope Ratings to golf courses in Nebraska. The association provides member clubs the Golf Handicap and Information Network (GHIN) Handicap Program for computing Handicap Indexes for individual members and the USGA Tournament Management Program for use in tournament administration. Course Rating services are complimentary to NGA member clubs.

The NGA conducts 11 state championships including:

Nebraska Amateur Championship
Nebraska Match Play Championship
Nebraska Four-Ball Championship
Nebraska Senior Amateur Championship
Nebraska Senior Match Play Championship
Nebraska Mid-Amateur Championship
Nebraska Junior Amateur Championship
Nebraska Girl’s Amateur Championship
Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship
Nebraska Girl’s Match Play Championship
Little Junior Amateur Championship

The NGA hosts qualifying for the following USGA Championships:

U.S. Open
U.S. Amateur
U.S. Amateur Four-Ball
U.S. Mid-Amateur
U.S. Senior Amateur
U.S. Senior Women’s Amateur
U.S. Junior Amateur
U.S. Girls’ Junior

The NGA is responsible for the following select team events:

USGA Men’s State Team Championship
Nebraska Cup Matches (Amateurs vs. Pros)
Directors Cup Matches (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri & Nebraska)
Nebraska-Kansas Junior Cup Matches

The NGA also conducts these competitions and series:

Nebraska Intercollegiate
NGA Interclub Program
Fall Junior Series

The NGA assists the Nebraska School Activities Association in the conduct of their state high school golf championships; serves as the local authority on the USGA Rules of Amateur Status and USGA Rules of Golf; provides a worthwhile volunteer program; serves as a tournament clearinghouse and provides point systems for men, senior men and juniors that help determine exemptions, select team participants, players of the year and other honors.

The NGA partners with the Nebraska PGA in presenting the Nebraska Junior Golf Tour (NJGT) and state qualifying for the Drive Chip & Putt Championship. The NJGT offers young golfers of all ages and skipp level nearly 70 competitive events each summer. Three qualifiers are conducted each summer in Nebraska for the Drive Chip & Putt Championship. The top finishers advance to both a subregional and regional stage with an opportunity to compete in the DCP championship each spring at Augusta National Golf Club on the eve of the Masters Tournament.

With financial support from the Nebraska Golf Foundation the NGA also provides FORE!, a junior golf membership program that makes the game more accesible and affordable by offering young golfers $4 rounds of golf at golf courses statewide.

In additon to this web site, the NGA provides communication to individual members through a variety of channels including: personalized e-revision newsletters sent on the 1st and 15th of every month, subscriptions to both Nebraska Golfer eMagazine and The Majors eMagazine. We also offer a free NGA Mobile App and have a Social Media presence on Twitter (@NGAgolf), Facebook (@nebgolf), Instagram (nebgolf) and YouTube (NGAgolf).

A variety of educational programs are conducted for member clubs and individual members of the NGA including: Regional High School Rules of Golf sessions, Rules of Golf Clubs, Tournament Administration workshops, USGA Rules of Golf workshops, Course Rating calibration seminars, USGA Handicap seminars and GHIN/Tournament Management training.

Financial support is given to other Nebraska golf organizations that help make golf better including: the Nebraska Women’s Amateur Golf Association, the Nebraska Section of the PGA, the Nebraska Golf Course Superintendents, the Local Chapter of the Club Managers Association and the Nebraska Golf Hall of Fame.