Frequently Asked Questions

MSGA Membership

Tournament Winnings

Online registration and Score Posting

How long is my MSGA membership good for?

Your membership lasts for the duration of the calendar year in which you join. You may join the MSGA or renew your membership at any time prior to or during the season.

Do I have to join the MSGA in order to play in MSGA amateur tournaments?

Yes. The MSGA is a membership association. There is one exception: out of appreciation to the clubs that host our weekend events, members at the host site may play in that particular weekend event without joining the MSGA, although we will require them to provide contact information. The membership fee will be deducted from any winnings earned under those circumstances.

How do I redeem my winnings?

We establish an account for everyone who plays in an MSGA event. After each event the winnings are added to the players’ accounts. A player may at any time ask the MSGA for a voucher for all or any part of the total winnings in his account. The player then takes the voucher to the MSGA member club pro shop of his choosing and uses it to buy merchandise. Vouchers are meant to be used within 90 days of issue.

Do I have to use my winnings right away?

No. You can let your winnings accumulate in your account for as long as you remain a member of the MSGA. At the end of the second consecutive season in which you do not buy or renew your MSGA membership, we will transfer any winnings that remain in your account to the MSGA Scholarship Fund or other MSGA charitable purpose and delete your account from our database.

How do the pro shops get paid for vouchers redeemed?

The shop needs to send MSGA vouchers back to the MSGA office for reimbursement in a timely fashion. The MSGA has no way to know whether the player ever redeemed the voucher at a pro shop if it doesn’t come back to the MSGA office for reimbursement. Typically it will take the MSGA a week to 10 days to pay the shop for vouchers submitted for reimbursement. Every year, a small number of vouchers issued to players do not find their way back to the MSGA office for reimbursement. At the end of the golf season, the MSGA identifies vouchers issued the prior calendar year but not submitted for reimbursement and removes them from the voucher system by transferring those amounts to the Scholarship Fund. After that, a pro shop cannot be paid for an old voucher.

I’m trying to register for membership, but it won’t let me. What am I doing wrong?

The most common reason for problems with membership registration is the player is not using his GHIN number, or his GHIN number is inactive. Also, a player who has played MSGA events in the recent past will already have a “profile” linked to his GHIN number, but might not have a username and password. He would need to register as a new user, and he has to plug in his GHIN number in order to avoid creating a second profile. Then just update any incorrect data and complete the new user registration. When that's complete, you'll be able to do the "Member Program" sign-up.

I’m trying to register for a championship, but it won’t let me. What’s wrong?

The system is designed to allow current members to sign up for events. If your membership is not current for the season, you will not be able to register for an event until you get your membership. In the case of championship events such as the Club Team Championship, the system will take your registration only when all team members are current season MSGA members.

Why can't I post my score online?

In May, the MSGA invoices the clubs for their active GHIN rosters. Clubs can control which players they are invoiced for by inactivating part or all of their rosters in late April or the very first part of May. If you are suddenly unable to post your scores online, chances are your club has inactivated you, and your first call should be to the club.