FAQ

What is the purpose of the MSGA?
The Montana State Golf Association, founded in 1917, is a non-profit organization of member clubs, governed by amateur golfers, and dedicated to serving the game of golf in Montana. Nearly a century has come and gone, yet this fundamental principle continues to guide us.

How is the MSGA governed?
The MSGA is governed by three officers:  President, Vice-president, and Executive Director.

How are the Officers of the MSGA elected?
MSGA officers are elected yearly by the MSGA Board of Directors at their late summer meeting.

How are the Board of Directors elected?
Montana is divided into five geographic districts and each district is assigned four members from the MSGA Board of Directors.  A director is elected for each district, who serves a four-year term.  Each member club has the opportunity to nominate a candidate for the MSGA Board of Directors prior to the annual meeting in August.  As volunteers, these directors donate their time and pay their own expenses when they represent the MSGA.

When does the MSGA Board of Directors meet?
The MSGA Board of Directors meets regularly twice a year.  A meeting is held in the spring at the site of that year’s Men’s State Amateur and another meeting is held in the late summer at the site of the Men’s Mid-Amateur Championship.  The Annual Club Meeting is also held at the summer meeting.  Each member club is entitled to one voting delegate.

How is the MSGA financed?
Nominal member club dues plus a per-golfer membership fee are the principal revenue sources for the MSGA. Club junior members are exempt from the membership fee.

How do I become a member of the MSGA?
Contact any MSGA member club to join as a member of the MSGA.  A list of member clubs is located on this website.

What does each member club and individual member receive from the MSGA?
This website is provided by the MSGA to notify members of tournaments, MSGA news, and other useful information. It also provides a link to post scores and a tool for accessing member discounts and benefits.

The MSGA provides its members access to an internet-based handicap system.  Bi-monthly revisions are calculated during its official golfing season.  The MSGA season extends from April 1st to October 31st.  An MSGA membership number is required to play in any state tournament.  Integrated tournament software and league software packages are also available to member clubs at no additional charge.

The MSGA furnishes trained course rating teams upon request by member clubs,for rating new courses,and for re-rating existing courses on a set schedule.  It provides State Junior Golf Coordinators and District Junior Directors who are responsible for state Junior tournaments and Boys and Girls Junior America’s Cup teams. This JAC program is made of the Western States, Mexico, British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.  Due to this exposure, many Montana youths have accepted major college scholarships in golf.

The MSGA donates yearly to the University of Montana and Montana State University golf teams.  Money is also divided among the schools supporting golf teams in the Frontier Conference.  The MSGA makes a yearly contribution to the Montana State Women’s Golf Association.  Golf superintendents statewide benefit from a yearly contribution to the Peaks and Prairies chapter of the GCSA.  Golf Professionals are awarded a yearly contribution to each of the PGA sections.

The MSGA conducts state championship competitions including the State Amateur, Mid-Amateur, District Junior and State tournaments.  The MSGA also conducts the Montana Cup with the State PGA chapters.  It serves as a regional representative for the USGA, conducts qualifying events for USGA Championships, regulates handicaps, interprets the Rules of Golf and administers the Amateur Reinstatement Program… “Protecting the Integrity of the game.”

The MSGA provides news of Montana golf through a monthly MSGA E-Newsletter.  It established and maintains a Montana State Golf Hall of Fame dedicated to the golfers of the state who have served in an extraordinary manner.

It has also established a Liaison program between the Board of Directors and member clubs to improve relations and communications. The MSGA works with the Montana State Women’s Golf Association, Montana Seniors, PGA Chapters and Montana Open Organization in establishing a relationship dedicated to the promotion of golf in cooperation with the agency in its sphere of influence.

How do I obtain a Montana License Plate sponsored by the MSGA?
The MSGA and MSWGA have sponsored a specialty license plate to benefit the game of golf in Montana.  The majority of proceeds from this fund raiser are used in support of Junior golf.  The inital fee is $40, with a $20 renewal fee each following year.  To view the MSGA plate design and fees, click here.  Plates can be obtained through your County Treasurer.

For any other questions, please contact the Executive Director:  Jim Opitz, PO Box 4306, Helena, MT 59604, (406) 458-3359, or by e-mail: msgadir@qwest.net.

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