MGA Educational Seminars & Workshops

USGA Tournament Management Training Seminars

The MGA is pleased to announce the release of the USGA Tournament Management powered by Golf Genius to our Member Clubs in 2017. This program will offer clubs and leagues enhanced cloud-based event and league management tools. Any club wanting access to the new program will be required to attend a training seminar. These seminars are for course managers, golf professionals, and league officials at all MGA member clubs.

These seminars will go over various parts of the software including:
  • Key Concepts and Terminology
  • Knowledge Base
  • Setting up your USGA TM Account
  • Event Preparation
  • Check Your Work
  • Game Day
  • Post Round Wrap-Up
Club representatives attending a training session will receive access to the USGA Tournament Management the day of the seminar, so feel free to bring your laptop to follow along.

Seminars are free and include lunch.

Click HERE to register. (For club representitives) **When logged into the online registration area, select the "Educational Workshops 2017" season to sign-up.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Southern Hills Golf Club (Farmington), 9 am – 4 pm
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Minnesota Valley Country Club (Bloomington), 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Cragun's Legacy Course (Brainerd), 9 am – 4 pm

**Registration will begin 30 minutes prior to each seminar. Be sure to sign in for PGA MSR credits.

Additional seminars and webinars will be held in 2017.


Rules of Golf

An essential role of the USGA is to write and interpret the Rules of Golf. The MGA is a resource for golfers to learn and play by the rules. Click here, for some resources to help golfers find the facts.


Turfgrass Forum

Tuesday, May 2nd at Hazeltine National GC
8:30 a.m. to Noon

The turfgrass forum is a free informational discussion and round table for MGA Member Clubs and Members who are interested in learning more about the following topics:
  • The latest issues facing turfgrass
  • Recapping the Ryder Cup, a turfgrass perspective
  • Update on the partnership between the University of Minnesota and the USGA
  • Dr. Brian Horgan
    • University of Minnesota Turf Extension Specialist
  • Mr. Robert Vavrek
    • USGA Senior Agronomist, Central Region
  • Mr. Chris Tritabaugh
    • Hazeltine National Golf Course Superintendent
Click here for detailed brochure

All Course Owners, General Managers, Golf Professionals, Golf Course Superintendents, Club Presidents, Greens Chairs and other MGA Members are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
  • There is no fee for this forum.
  • GCSAA educational points are available.
  • PGA MSR credits are available.
Reservations information:
  • Contact Joel Comstock, MGA Regional Affairs Director, to reserve a spot
    • 952-345-3968 or
    • Please provide your name and golf course affiliation.

Educational Seminars

Each year the MGA conducts multiple one-day educational seminars around the state for course managers, golf professionals, league officials, and individuals interested in the Rules of Golf and USGA Handicap System. Participants will learn basic and vital concepts about the Rules of Golf and USGA Handicap System. This year we'll focus on the Rules and Handicap System changes that became effective January 1, 2016, and explain how these changes will affect individual members and member clubs. Participants will also be introduced to the programs and services of the MGA, and have the opportunity to meet with others in the Minnesota golf community. 

USGA Handicap Seminar:
  • Overview of USGA Handicap System - how does the Handicap System work?
  • How do the 2016 changes affect individuals and clubs?
  • What is the role of the Handicap Committee?
Rules of Golf Session:
  • Overview of the most commonly encountered Rules
  • How knowledge of the Rules of Golf can be advantageous to players - (situational)
  • Use of video, PowerPoint and discussion to address common situations and questions
  • Q&A for questions you have regarding situations at your club
Your $20 entry fee includes:
  • Lunch & beverages
  • 2016 USGA Rules of Golf book
  • USGA Handicap System manual
  • Educational packet

Registration Information will be coming soon:


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