Frequently Asked Questions
Get the answers to many of your tournament questions here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answers to many of your tournament questions here.
Every tournament has different requirements. You should check the respective championship webpage for specific requirements.  However, except for junior tournaments, a player must be an MGA Associate Member in good standing from a current MGA Member Club.  An "MGA Associate Member" is defined as a person who has a Handicap Index® issued by the MGA through an approved Member Club.
You must enter all MGA tournaments online.  Click HERE to be taken to the MGA Tournament Registration webpage.

For the 2024 season, the MGA will start accepting applications for all championships which are open to general entry beginning at 8:30 am (Central Time) on Monday, March 4.
You will receive an e-mail confirming your entry.  If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of registering, you should contact the MGA Rules and Competitions Department as soon as possible.  It is likely you did not successfully register.
Each championship has a webpage on which all information regarding the event will be posted, including a link to view information regarding the host facility.  Generally, starting times are posted approximately one week prior to the competition.  

Players will receive an e-mail and text message notifying them that the information has been posted. Players should check the championship webpage periodically to keep abreast of important information. 

The player is responsible for knowing the information.
If you withdraw on any day up to and including the deadline, you will receive a FULL refund.

If you withdraw AFTER the deadline but up to ONE (1) day prior to the first day of your competition, you will receive a refund less a $25 administrative fee.

If you withdraw on the day of the competition or later, you will not receive a refund.
The MGA is very fortunate to have so many facilities make available their courses to the MGA in order to conduct the tournament program, and it greatly appreciates this relationship. However, this makes it impossible to guarantee a practice round (free or otherwise) for every player in every tournament.  

The MGA encourages the host club to make times available for practice rounds at a reduced rate for players to play at their own expense.  Unfortunately, not every facility is able to do this. Thus, if you wish to play a practice round, you should contact the host club directly for their policy.
For all MGA tournaments, players and caddies must be neat in appearance with respect to clothing. All entrants are required to wear appropriate and normally accepted golf attire.  For men, this includes slacks, Bermuda-length shorts and collared golf shirts with sleeves.  For women, this includes pants (slacks, Capris), golf shorts, and golf skirts that are of the appropriate length, and shirts with collars and sleeves (sleeveless tops are permitted for women).

Examples of attire NOT ACCEPTABLE include the following: Short shorts, athletic shorts, tennis shorts, cut- offs, jeans, jean shorts, tank tops, t-shirts, sweats.

A player who arrives inappropriately dressed may be required to change or to wear items that cover up the inappropriate items, such as a rain suit.  The Committee in charge shall decide whether this requirement has been met and will withdraw the entry of any player who does not comply.
The MGA feels walking is an important part of the game, and thus, strongly encourages players to use a riding golf cart (if permitted) only when circumstances would warrant such use.  Players always are welcome to walk and carry their clubs or use a push cart (including electric) at any time unless otherwise prohibited by the host facility.

Generally speaking, the use of golf carts is permitted in all senior events as well as other selected events.  Golf carts are not permitted in any junior events.

Unless prohibited for health reasons, caddies are permitted in all MGA championships, state-level qualifying events and USGA qualifying events.  However, parents or guardians are not permitted to caddie for players in junior events, including US Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers. 

Some host clubs have a caddie program and may be able to provide caddies with a knowledge of the course.  Caddies are at the expense of the player.  A player should contact the host club if interested in using a club caddie.
The USGA requires players to enter its events online. Links to each championship may be found by clicking HERE.
Golf is very popular in Minnesota. In order to preserve this trend, today and in the future, the Minnesota Golf Association actively promotes junior golf throughout the state.

The MGA conducts two championships for juniors ages 18 and under - the Minnesota State Junior Girls' and State Junior Boys' championships.

In addition, the MGA has the "Youth on Course" program which offers an MGA Membership and very low green fee rates at many courses for any youth 18 and under who are members of the Youth on Course program.  For more information on Youth on Course, click HERE.
Yes!  You may request a cart by filing a form with the MGA that explains and certifies your disability allowing you to use a cart in any walking-only MGA event.  The form, completed in tandem with your doctor, will verify your disability and how it impacts your ability to walk the course.  Click HERE to download the form.

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