To ensure that MGA competitors have the best experience possible when competing in an MGA Championship event, it is imperative to be knowledgeable of the Policies and Procedures established by the association.
General Criteria for Championship Eligibility
Each MGA Championship has its own specific tournament eligibility criteria (i.e., maximum handicap index, age requirements, etc.). Please reference the specific Championships for further details. In general, to be eligible for a Massachusetts Golf Association Championship, all applicants must meet the following criteria:
*Exceptions – MGA Open Championship, MGA Junior Amateur Championship & MGA Father & Daughter Championship
(please reference the Conditions & Regulations for further details)
All players, including those who are exempt, must apply through the MGA Online Entry process at: www.mgalinks.org. Late, incomplete or inaccurate entries will not be accepted. Each MGA competition has a designated field limit. Excluding specific Championship policies, entries for MGA Championships and Qualifiers are accepted on a first come, first served basis until the entry deadline. The MGA Championship Committee reserves the right to reject an entry at any time.
Entries and fully paid entry fees must be received through the MGA Online Entry process by 5:00 pm EST on the published entry deadline.
A player who wishes to request an exemption into an MGA Championship must do so by submitting a formal request. Exemption requests must be submitted to the MGA Championship Department Staff (e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org) at least 10 days prior to the published entry deadline for the specific Championship. Exemption requests are reviewed by the MGA Championship Committee on a case-by-case basis and only granted under exceptional circumstances. Along with the letter of request, players must also submit a playing resume that includes any golf awards, championships, top finishes and/or accomplishments from the last 5 years (local and national).
Competitors, who have submitted an entry for an MGA event and wish to withdraw for any reason, MUST notify the MGA office in writing (e-mail is acceptable and encouraged) or by phone. Entry fee will be refunded less a $20 administrative fee, regardless of reason, if the MGA is notified in writing or by phone seven days prior to each event (Championship or Qualifier). Entry fee will be refunded less 50% for any withdrawals received less than seven days prior to each event.
When the field for an event is full (Qualifier or Championship), further entries are placed on a waiting list in order by date/time they were received. Entries received on the same day are placed on the list in the order in which they are opened. A full refund will be given to anyone on a waiting list who does not make it into the event. event.
Starting Times and Player Information
Shortly after close of entries -- or after the last qualifier concludes for Championships -- competitors will be notified via e-mail of their starting times and player information (including the availability of practice privileges). Courtesy practice privileges are at the discretion of the host club(s).
For ALL MGA Championships Proper an alternate pool will be formed that includes ALL players from each qualifying site with the next best score after the cutline.
After sectional qualifying all players in the pool will then be randomly selected and ranked by number as alternates. The alternate list for each Championship Proper will be published, posted online and updated as players are added to the Championship Proper.
An alternate can be placed into the Championship Proper field in two ways;
NOTE: This alternate policy will only be enforced if the Championship Proper field becomes less than the maximum number of competitors permitted per championship.
Play-offs at MGA Qualifying Events
The qualifying number and ties will gain entrance into the Championship Proper. There will be no play-off for qualifying spots and/or 1st & 2nd alternates.
Example: If there are 10 qualifying spots available at a particular MGA Qualifying site, and 12 competitors finish with a score of 76 or lower, all 12 competitors advance to the Championship Proper without a play-off.
Rules of Golf
Play will be governed by the Rules of Golf as approved by the USGA for all MGA competitions. Questions shall be settled by the Committee in charge of the competitions consisting of those officials assigned by the MGA, whose decision shall be final.
A player may use devices that measure or gauge distance only (see the Note to Rule 14-3) for all MGA competitions. However, if a distance-measuring device has additional functionality that can gauge or measure other conditions that might affect a player’s play (e.g., elevation change, wind speed, etc.), the use of any such additional function would be a breach of Rule 14-3.
Cart Usage Policy (Competitors & Caddies)
In events where carts are permitted per the conditions and regulations, no more than 2 carts will be permitted per starting time regardless of the number of players and/or caddies in a group. Caddies are permitted to ride in a player’s cart if there is an available seat.
Note: Per the Rules of Golf (Decision 6-4/2.5) any individual transporting a players clubs on a motorized golf cart or trolley is by definition considered to be the player’s caddie even though they may not perform any other functions of a caddie. Additionally, the Rules of Golf (Rule 6-4) state that a player may be assisted by a caddie (when permitted), but is limited to only one caddie at any one time. Any breach of this rule would result in the following penalty.
*The MGA reserves the right to limit a group to only 1 cart in the case of a group of two competitors in order to limit cart traffic and/or reserve carts for subsequent starting times.
Appropriate golf attire is required at all MGA competitions for players, caddies and spectators. The dress code of the host facility will take precedent if there is any question.
The use of cellular telephones is prohibited.
Golf Shoe Policy
Shoes with traditionally designed spikes (regardless of composition, i.e. ceramic, plastic, etc.) or spikes, regardless of design, comprised either entirely or partially of metal (if such metal may come in contact with the course) are prohibited. Penalty for breach of this condition -- Disqualification.
The MGA Executive Committee reserves the right to alter any of the Championship conditions and schedules herein. The decision of the Executive Committee in any matter shall be final.
NEW - Automatic Score Posting
All scores from individual stroke play events (qualifiers & championships proper) will be automatically posted to a player’s MGA/USGA Handicap Index by the MGA.
*Exceptions – Four-Ball Championship, Senior Four-Ball Championship, MGA Amateur Championship Match Play Rounds, MGA Junior Amateur Championship, MGA Young Golfers’ Amateur Championship, MGA Father & Son Championship, MGA Father & Daughter Championship and MGA administered Local/Sectional USGA Qualifiers.
The MGA reserves the right to decline any entry based on a player’s previous year’s attendance in an event. Players who fail to show for assigned starting times without notifying the MGA will be considered a no-show. No-shows also include any player who fails to return a scorecard (no-card) or who withdraws during a stipulated round without notifying an MGA official or staff member on site.