108th MGA Amateur Championship
White Bear Yacht Club
Monday-Wednesday, July 18-20, 2011

In 1901, the first Amateur Championship concluded the MGA's inaugural meeting at the Meadow Brook Club in Winona. Despite the fact the Championship was not conducted in 1942-1944 due to the war, it remains one of the oldest golf championships in the state.  Past champions include Harry Legg (10), Jimmy Johnson (7), Pat Sawyer (5) and some other notables like Tom Lehman, Tim Herron and John Harris.  

The MGA Amateur also is one of the largest golfing events in the state with over 800 people entering the championship every year. It takes ten or more qualifying sites around the state to narrow down the competitors to a starting field of 156.

Last year, Tom Hoge (Village Green GC) successfully defended his title with a record setting 11-under par, 205 total, at the Dacotah Ridge Golf Club in Morton. His rounds of 67-67-71 were good enough to hold off Donald Constable (Spring Hill GC) by one stroke.  Ryan Peterson (Cannon GC - 213) was a distant third, eight shots back.  Stephen Bidne (University of Minnesota/Les Bolstad GC) was alone in fourth at 214, while Cameron White (University of Minnesota/Les Bolstad GC), Tyler Ekenberg (Valleywood GC) and Greg Melhus (The Links at Northfork) shared fifth at 215, 1-under par.

The 108th MGA Amateur Championship will be held at the White Bear Yacht Club.  A Donald Ross design, the Yacht Club will provide a totally different playing experience than Dacotah Ridge. It requires precision on both the tee shots and approach shots as well as an exceptional short game.  Driving distance will not be the advantage for the players at the Yacht Club as it was at Dacotah Ridge.

Championship Information

The 156 players will play 18 holes of stroke play each day, Monday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 19. A cut will be made to the 60 lowest scoring players plus ties, who will then play an additional 18 holes on Wednesday, July 20.  

The Champion will be the player having the lowest total score after 54 holes.  A tie for the Championship will be played off immediately, hole by hole, until a champion is determined.

Entry Information

Deadline:  Monday, June 6, 2011

Entry Fee:  Players attempting to qualify will pay a $75 fee. All successful qualifiers will pay an additional $75 Championship fee. All exempt players will pay the full $150 fee.

Sectional Qualifying events are limited to a maximum of 84 players.

Players are encouraged to enter all MGA events online.  Entry forms will not be accepted prior to Monday, April 4, 2011, but must arrive by Monday, June 6, 2011, at the office of the Minnesota Golf Association.  Entry into a Sectional Qualifying event is on a first-come basis, and the entry fee must accompany the entry form.  If a player is submitting a paper application, preference for the top six qualifying sites should be indicated.  The player will be assigned to the highest ranked site with openings available at the time of processing.

Late or incomplete entries are not acceptable and will be returned.  Entries submitted by telephone, email or fax are not acceptable.  Time limit for entries means time of receipt by the MGA.

Entries with insufficient funds will be considered incomplete and will be withdrawn.  The entrant is responsible for any fees incurred by the MGA for such payment and must pay such fees before entry into further MGA events is allowed.


Entries are open to amateur golfers: 

  1. Who are currently Associate Members of the MGA at the club from which they are playing, 
  2. Whose club is a current member club of the MGA, and 
  3. Whose USGA Handicap Index for 18 holes does not exceed 6.4 at the time of entry.

All entries are subject to rejection at any time by the MGA Tournament Committee.

Qualifying Information

Please click here for the Notice to Competitors pertaining to the Sectional Qualifying process.

Individual Course Set-Up Information can be found here: Course Set-Up.

The MGA Pace of Play Policy will be in effect at all Qualifiers.

For information on a particular qualifying site, click the course name.

Date Course Starting Times Results
June 20 Wedgewood Cove Golf Club Starting Times Result
June 21 Interlaken Golf Club Starting Times Result
June 21 Sawmill Golf Club Starting Times Result
June 22 Meadowbrook Golf Club Starting Times Result
June 22 Mesaba Country Club Starting Times Result
June 22 Wapicada Golf Club Starting Times Result
June 27 Rich Spring Golf Club Starting Times Result
June 27 Mississippi National Golf Links - Tournament Starting Times Result
June 29 Meadows Golf Course Starting Times Result
June 30 Highland National Golf Course Starting Times Result
July 1 Oak Marsh Golf Club Starting Times Result


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