Senior Tour Frequently Asked Questions

Senior Tour Frequently Asked Questions

 
The MGA Senior Tour is a membership-based, series of golf events for senior golfers (men and women). Over 700 golfers from across the state participate each season. The golf events are sorted into sections with each section having its own schedule of events, as well as, additional All Section events.
There are six sections to choose from:
  • METRO 
    -For players 55 years and older, based in and around the twin cities area.
    -Events are typically held on Mondays.
    -There are two age divisions of competition who play from different tees: Senior (55-64 years old) and Master (65 years and older)
  • SOUTHERN
    -For players 55 years and older, based in the southern part of the state.
    -Events are typically held on Mondays.
    -There are two age divisions of competition who play from different tees: Senior (55-64 years old) and Master (65 years and older)
  • NORTHERN
    For players 55 years and older, based in the northern part of the state.
    -Events are typically held on Mondays.
    -There are two age divisions of competition who play from different tees: Senior (55-64 years old) and Master (65 years and older)
  • WOMEN'S
    -For female players, 50 years and older, based in and around the twin cities area.
    -Events are typically held on Mondays.
    -All players compete in the same division.
  • SUPER SENIOR
    -For players 70 years and older, based in and around the twin cities area.
    -Events are typically held on weekdays other than Monday.
    -All players compete in the same division.
  • GROSS
    -For players 55 years and older, interested in gross play only, based in and around the twin cities area.
    -Events are typically held on weekdays other than Monday.
    -All players compete in the same division.
A Senior Tour Membership costs
  • $70 for a single section membership
    A person may choose ONLY ONE section to play in and is eligible to play in all of the events offered in that section.
  • $95 for a Dual membership
    Super Senior and Gross members have the option to join as a Dual member with eligibility to play in the Super Senior or Gross section plus one other regional section (Metro, Southern or Northern).
Members in the Metro, Southern, Northern, Women's and Dual have eligibility to also play in All Section events.
*Please note, If a player is only a member of the Super Senior or Gross section without a Dual membership, he is unable to participate in All Section events.

Each Senior Tour membership includes:
  • Eligibility to sign-up for events in the section of their choice.
    Events fees are an additional cost for each event played in and include green fees, range balls and prizes.
  • Free MGA Senior Tour hat each active season
Entry to the MGA Senior Tour is open to amateur golfers who are current Associate Members of the Minnesota Golf Association and whose club is a member club of the MGA.
GHIN number needs to be active for each season no later than two weeks prior to the first event played in.
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS
    -Metro, Southern, Northern & Gross sections: Anytime during the current year, players must reach their 55th birthday.
    For age division competition, Senior division (55-64 years old) and Master division (65 years and older, as of May 1 of the current season). Any player older than 65 can choose to play in the Senior division for a season.
    -Women's section: Anytime during the current year, female players must reach their 50th birthday.
    -Super Senior section: Anytime during the current year, players must reach their 70th birthday.
  • USGA HANDICAP INDEX REQUIREMENTS
    -Metro, Southern, Northern & Gross sections: 24.4 or lower.
    -Super Senioir & Women's sections: 36.4 or lower.
  • Section events
    18-hole, individual play, stableford format with gross and net prizes awarded (except for the Gross section that has no net competition.)
  • All Section events
    An assortment of 18-hole and 36-hole,  individual play and team play, stableford format with gross and net prizes awarded.
All players need to create a Golf Genius Player Profile to sign up for Senior Tour memberships and events.

MGA Golf Genius Online Registration
  • Senior Tour MEMBERSHIP registration begins on the first Monday in February each year.
    -A player may join the Senior Tour at anytime during the season
  • Senior Tour EVENT registration begins on the first Monday in March each year for current registered Senior Tour members.
    -A player may pick and choose which events to enter. There are no participation requirements but obviously, the more you play the more value to your Senior Tour membership!
    -Each event entry deadline is two weeks prior the event date.

 
Events are filled two different ways:
  •  Section events are NOT filled on a first-come, first served basis.
    -Individual event entries are accepted until each event entry deadline (two weeks prior to each event).
    -At that time, if an event is oversubscribed, a random drawing is held to create a wait list.
    -Wait listed players who do not get into the event will not be wait listed in any additional individual section events for the duration of the current season.
  • All Section events ARE filled on a first-come, first-served basis
    -Beginning with the first Monday in March of the current calendar year. If an All Section event fills, then a wait list will be started in order of entries received.
  • Winners in both Net and Gross will be recognized in both the Senior and Master Divisions in Northern, Southern, and Metro events.
  • In Super Senior events and Women's flights there is just one division with winners in both Net and Gross.
  • In Gross Section events there is just one division with Gross prizes awarded.
  • Merchandise certificates will be awarded as determined by the Tournament Committee based on number of participants within the competitions.
  • Ties are broken to determine prizes awarded.
Quite often an optional skins games is available to participate in at Senior Tour events.
  • $10 for Net OR Gross skins
  • $20 for both Net and Gross skins
  • 10% of skins pot goes to the MGA Foundation supporting Youth on Course, Women's Scholarship and Evan Scholars programs.
The MGA Senior Tour Finals is the highly anticipated season-ending event of each Senior Tour season. It is a prize for those who qualify. Those invited players get to play in a complementary 18-round competition at a premier site with a celebratory luncheon following play.
  • In each event, the top eight players in the net and the top eight players in the Gross competitions in each division/flight will receive Senior Tour Performance Points.
  • Ties are not broken with the awarding of Performance Points with points being shared by players tied for the top eight places.
  • Performance Points awarded at each event are kept track of within each Section/Division for the entire season. The top performers from each section will qualify for the season-ending MGA Senior Tour Finals.
    -Metro section: top 8 players in Net and Gross standings in the Senior and Master divisions, 32 total qualifiers.
    -Southern & Northern sections: top 4 players in Net and Gross standings in the Senior and Master divisions, 16 total qualifiers from each section.
    -Super Senior & Women's sections: top 4 players in Net and Gross standings, 8 total qualifiers from each section.
    - Gross section: top 4 players in standings will qualify.
  • See the most current Senior Tour Handbook for more details regarding points awarded/distributed and tie-breaking procedures.
Entry fee will be fully refunded if the MGA office is notified by 3:00 pm, three business days prior to an event:
  • Monday event (withdrawal required by Wednesday)
  • Tuesday event (withdrawal required by Thursday)
  • Wednesday event (withdrawal required by Friday)
  • Thursday event (withdrawal required by Monday)
  • Friday event (withdrawal required by Tuesday)
No refunds will be given for any reason after the withdrawal deadline to the start of the event.
The Wisconsin State Golf Association Senior Tour versus the MGA Senior Tour! This is a Ryder Cup style, match play event with 24 players on each state’s team.
  • Eligible players to be considered for the MGA Team must be a part of the Northern, Southern or Metro sections.
    Player’s performances in the Super Senior or Gross section will not qualify them for the MGA Cup Match Team.
    Unfortunately, at the moment the WSGA Senior Tour does not have Women’s competitions so there are not matches for women available in this Cup Match event.
  • Each Northern, Southern and Metro player’s total for performance points awarded in ALL of their Section and All Section events will accumulate for an overall MGA/WSGA Cup Match standing.
  • The top two players in Senior Net, Senior Gross, Master Net, and Master Gross from each regional section (Northern, Southern and Metro only) in the WSGA-MGA Cup Match overall performance points standings will be invited to represent the MGA team for this event.
  • The participating players are responsible for the event fee that includes an MGA team uniform, green fees, range balls and prizes.

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