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NORTON, Massachusetts – With the first wave of online registration for Mass Golf championship- and tournament-style already underway as of February 6, Mass Golf has put together a comprehensive guide for those looking to compete on the state-wide level. Mass Golf will be hosting nearly 20 championship-level events, over 25 Member Days and a handful of individual, team and partner tournaments spread out from May to October.
There will also be several qualifying events for Mass Golf Championships, plus 18 USGA qualifiers throughout the state. The first wave of registrations for USGA qualifiers opens in March.
New for 2020: There will be four different registration opening dates for all championship- and tournament-style events hosted by Mass Golf, and another for New England Golf Association event registration (February 13). This change specifically applies to Women’s Championships and tournaments, allowing competitors to spread out their financial commitment to events throughout the year.
“We’re thrilled to get the new year started with the opening of event registration,” said Kevin Eldridge, Mass Golf’s Director of Rules & Competitions. “This day has always marked the unofficial start to the season ahead, and this year features another great lineup of venues.
“Thanks to the generosity and support of our Mass Golf Member Clubs, it’s always exciting to see the volume of registrations that we see from the minute everything opens up. We’re looking forward to another exciting and competitive Mass Golf season and hope to see everyone — new and current members — on the course at some point this season.”
Events included in this section are primarily for those individuals who are looking to compete in the statewide, regional or national championships. Events in this category include the Mass Open, Mass Amateur and Mass Women’s Amateur, three of Mass Golf’s longstanding and signature events.
Championships: Championships are gross-style events open to men and women primarily with a handicap index of 12.0 or less. Any individual who meets the stated handicap and age eligibility requirements is welcome to register and compete. See each event for the proper eligibility.
Women’s Championships: These events are primarily for women with a handicap index of 18.0 or less. Any female who meets the stated handicap and age eligibility requirements is welcome to register and compete. See each event for the proper eligibility.
New for 2020: Aside from renaming existing events, Mass Golf has moved the Mixed Four-Ball Championship for the Stone Cup and the Women’s Four-Ball Championship for the Townshend Cup to the Women’s Championship schedule.
Women’s Tournaments: These team tournaments bring together and connect women who share a passion for golf through friendly and competitive team tournaments. Playing formats include best ball and better ball. Players with handicap indexes of 54.0 can participate in most of these events, and players are divided into evenly-balanced Flights and Divisions to allow for more fair competition.
Parent/Child Tournaments: These two-person events are a great opportunity to allow kids to have fun by playing alongside family members and even club members. The Mass Golf Parent/Child Tournaments feature mothers, sons, grandmothers, fathers and club members who team up as a junior and senior team.
Mixed Team Tournaments: Mass Golf allows mixed pairs as well as legally married partners to compete in two mixed-team events. One is the Sheeran Trophy where legally married partners (one partner must be a female) are able to compete against other couples in a selected drive, alternate shot format where 40% of combined handicaps are used.
Women’s Cup Matches: These two popular programs are statewide tournaments feature teams of female golfers representing Mass Golf Member Clubs. The Spring Team matches include head-to-head match play using full handicaps played on Thursdays in April and May. The Fall Cup Matches consist of three matches played in among Member Club teams starting in September, with the top teams advancing to a season-ending Championship held in October.
Tri-States: This tab includes links for the Tri-States, Griscom Cup, and the Junior Inter-City Team Matches.
Member Days: These one-day events are open to anyone who holds a current Mass Golf/USGA GHIN Handicap index with a Member Club. There are no handicap, age or gender eligibility requirements for Member Days. These events offer golfers a unique opportunity to play private courses. Participants are able to select one of three divisions (Women’s, Men’s & Member). The entry fee for all Member Days is not required or collected until a participant is accepted into the event.
Mark your calendars for the following dates. Each one corresponds with the registration opening day for each of our events.
|Young Golfers’ Amateur||Ouimet Memorial Tournament|
|Junior Amateur||Super Senior|
|Amateur Public Links|
Member Day Lottery:
For instructions on entering, CLICK HERE
|Women’s Amateur||Women’s Senior Amateur|
|Girls’ Junior Amateur||Women’s Four-Ball Championship for the Townshend Cup|
Prior to the launch of online registration going live, Mass Golf encourages golfers to take a moment to do the following:
MAKE SURE YOU ARE ACTIVE
Your Handicap Index must be up-to-date with your current club in order to register. You must have an active index in order to register online. If your index is not active, please contact your club or our staff who will be happy to assist.
CHECK YOUR SCHEDULE
All eligibility requirements, schedules and entry close dates are posted for all events at MassGolf.org under the COMPETITION section. Golfers should also take a moment to look under the PLAY section of MassGolf.org, which includes information about Women’s Tournaments, Team Tournaments and Member Days.
REACH OUT TO YOUR PARTNER
The Championship schedule features team-oriented events, such as the Mixed Four-Ball Championship for the Stone Cup, which requires both partners to have active Handicap Indexes. Reach out to your partner so that you can register for those events, which are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact our staff. We are happy to work with you to make your experience as positive as possible.