The MSGA has been hard at work all fall and winter to develop the tournament and championship schedules for 2020. Tournament details will be posted on the website soon and noted within weekly emails from your tournament managers. But we'll share one important detail right now. The entry fee for 2020 regular weekly tournaments will change from $26 to $30, with $3 of the increase going directly to the host clubs for user fees. Host clubs will now take in $20 per player rather than $17.
Highlights for the coming season include information about championships, the Abby Spector Award, and some weekly tournaments.
The Maine Women's Amateur (MWA) championship will be hosted by Augusta Country Club July 20-22. The MWA will remain a three-day, flighted event to determine our female state amateur champion.
Two significant changes follow…
► No MWA Junior Champion will be crowned. Instead, juniors will compete in a separate event – the Maine Junior Championship at Gorham Country Club July 28 & 29. Of course, juniors are eligible for play in the MWA as well.
► No MWA Senior Champion will be crowned. Instead, the senior championship will return to its former one-day format, with flights based on age ranges. Seniors will compete in a separate event – the Women's Senior Amateur at Brunswick Golf Club on September 15.
The intent of these changes is to focus each event on its primary mission – to determine the state's best female golfers eligible to play in a specific championship. Given the feedback we received about last year's MWA, we felt we needed to simplify the event and no longer try to be all things to all golfers. We also heard loud and clear your preference for a one-day senior championship.
Looking ahead, we'd also like to share projected future sites of the MWA…
► 2021: Penobscot Valley Country Club
► 2022: Portland Country Club
► 2023: Waterville Country Club
► 2024: TBD
TriState and the Metropolitan Club Team championships remain unchanged. TriState will be hosted at Rutland Country Club in Vermont June 15-17, and the Metropolitan will be held one week later on June 22 & 23 at Willowdale Golf Club in Scarborough. More details will be provided about these championship events in late April.
Please take note of two other championships open to eligible female members of the MSGA...
► Charlie's Maine Open includes a women's division again this year. We're hoping more
women, both amateurs and professionals, will choose to compete in the championship
June 29 – July 1.
► The New England Women's Amateur championship, now under the New England Golf Association (NEGA) umbrella, will be held at North Conway Country Club in New Hampshire, also June 29 – July 1. This year's event features two flights with two sets of tees, a modified registration process, and up to 120 entries on a first-come, first-served basis with no state limits. Registration opened February 13, so please visit the NEGA website to enter.
Abby Spector Award
The Abby Spector Award will be presented at this year's Maine Golf Hall of Fame ceremony in early September rather than at the MWA. To that end, we are updating the nomination and selection processes and will announce more details about how you can make a nomination later this spring. We believe this change will make it easier for our recipient to celebrate with family and friends at an evening ceremony rather than one held at midday. The change will also give both the award and our recipient more widespread recognition in the Maine golf community. In fact, quite a number of our Abby Spector Award honorees have also been inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame. We will encourage everyone to attend this premier event.
And here are a few highlights about the weekly schedule…
► The annual Ryder Cup kicks off the season at the Samoset Resort.
► The Janet Drouin Memorial (JDM) tournament will again be a one-day event on Arrowhead at Natanis, but tee times will be organized by handicap index from high to low this year. We are developing a plan for recognizing the winner of this special fundraising event. We also look for your cooperation when we conduct a brief survey during registration to assess player interest in a multiday JDM event.
► We were able to schedule Sugarloaf Golf Club alongside Belgrade Lakes on Tuesday, September 22, in order, once again, to provide a two-day play experience. At Sugarloaf, we will replace the quota points format we tried last year with a modified Stableford competition.
As always, we welcome your feedback and ideas for improvement and growth in women's golf in Maine.
Enjoy a great 2020 golf season!
Women's Tournament Committee