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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.  This seminar will be ideal for course managers, golf professionals, and league officials at all MGA member clubs. 

With the Tournament Paring Program (TPP) discontinued in 2018, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about USGA Tournament Management powered by Golf Genius.  This program will offer clubs and leagues enhanced cloud-based event and league management tools. These seminars are for course managers, golf professionals, and league officials at all MGA member clubs.  Any club wanting access to the new program will be required to attend a training seminar. 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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 – Brookview Golf Course (200 Brookview Pkwy), Golden Valley, MN 55426)
Registration - 8:30 am
USGA Tournament Management Training - 9 am - 12:30 pm
Click here to sign-up
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

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. Keeping that in mind, the MGA conducts workshops on the Rules, typically each Spring.  Due to the upcoming release of the "Modernized Rules" for the 2019 season, there is a limited schedule of workshops for the current Rules; however, there will be an extensive schedule of programs in 2019.

For 2018, the Rules Workshops offered will be half-day (4 hours) programs.  The fee for attending is only $25 and will include current Rules of Golf and Decisions on the Rules of Golf books, additional handouts and food and beverages.  Each session will focus on the more common Rules and relief scenarios designed for both the golfer and official alike.  Everyone will benefit from attending one of these unless already an expert in the Rules. 

The good news?  While there will be many changes to the Rules for 2019, there will be many more that do not change.  Thus, aside from having to learn the new numbering system, much of what you learn during this quick and interactive four-hour session will be valuable going forward.

2018 MGA Rules Sessions

Tuesday, April 10, 9 am - 1 pm
Mendakota Country Club
Mendota Heights, MN
(Lunch provided after session)
(Registration Deadline:  Thursday, April 5)

Saturday, April 21, 9 am - 1 pm
Valleywood Golf Course
Apple Valley, MN
(Lunch provided after session)
(Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, April 17)

Thursday, April 26, 5 - 9 pm
Edina Country Club
Edina, MN
(Heavy hors d'oeuvres provided during session)
(Registration Deadline:  Friday, April 20)

MGA Two-Day Rules & Officiating Workshop
There will not be a Two-Day workshop in 2018.  Check back in Fall of '18 for the workshop list for the new Rules to be effective in 2019! 


Tournament Volunteer Training Seminars

Tournament volunteers are critical to the success of the MGA.  Without the over 100 active volunteers currently in our database, it would be impossible to conduct the MGA Championships, state qualifiers and USGA qualifiers with our current level of professionalism.  And, it is important to continue to develop new volunteers to maintain our ability to conduct our events in the future.

Volunteers come from many different backgrounds - players, coaches, parents and recreational golfers.  However, they share one important trait.  They are passionate about golf and want to give back to support golf into the future.  You do not have to be a Rules expert, or even deal with the Rules, if you don't want to.  If this describes you, please consider becoming an MGA Tournament Volunteer today.  Click HERE and complete the online form expressing your interest.

Anyone who wishes to become a Tournament Volunteer must attend an MGA Tournament Volunteer Orientation.  It is a free, 90 minute presentation that goes over the basic details of becoming a volunteer and explains the expectations, procedures and steps to becoming a volunteer.  Below is the list of Orientations for 2018.  Click on the link to be taken to the online registration page.

Tuesday, April 10, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Mendakota Country Club
Mendota Heights, MN
(Registration Deadline:  Thursday, April 5)

Wednesday, April 18, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
MGA Office
Edina, MN
(Registration Deadline:  Tuesday, April 17)

Thursday, April 26, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Edina Country Club
Edina, MN
(Registration Deadline:  Monday, April 23)


MGA Informational Event

Enhance your golf season at one of these informative events.  All MGA members wanting to learn about the MGA including opportunities to play more or volunteer with the MGA are invited.

The event is FREE, however it includes golf, lunch and drinks, USGA Rules book and educational packet.

Dates and Locations
Tuesday, May 22 - Southern Hills GC, Farmington
Tuesday, May 29 - Marshall GC, Marshall
Wednesday, June 13 - Cragun's Resort, Brainerd

Event Schedule
9:30 a.m....................................................Registration
10:00-11:30 a.m........................................Meeting
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m..............................Lunch/Warm-Up
12:30 p.m..................................................Golf
4:30 p.m....................................................19th Hole Activities

Click here to register

Questions?  Contact Joel Comstock at joel@mngolf.org or (952)345-3968


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