The MSGA is one of 59 Allied Golf Associations (AGA) that work in conjunction with the United States Golf Association to foster and promote the game of golf across the country. As a recognized Allied Golf Association with the USGA, we serve as the state's primary resource for USGA services such as championship qualifiers, governance, golf facility support and programs that help grow and improve the long-term health of the game.
On a more local level, the MSGA is part of the New England Golf Association (NEGA). The New England Golf Association, established in 1926, is an amateur golf organization comprised of leaders from the six New England golf associations – Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
In addition to conducting qualifiers for USGA Championships around New England, the organization's primary purpose is to conduct the following premier tournament events: New England Amateur Championship, New England Junior Championship, and New England Senior Championship.
2019 New England Senior Amateur Championship at Biddeford-Saco Country Club
Each of the three NEGA championships rotates among the New England states every six years. Maine is excited to be hosting one of these prestigious events this season, with the New England Senior Amateur Championship being played this year at Biddeford-Saco Country Club on September 17-18, 2019. Some of the most accomplished senior golfers from all six New England states will come to the Pine Tree State to compete for one of the region's most coveted titles. Non-exempt players must qualify at one of four qualifying sites in New England, including one here in Maine at Riverside Golf Club on August 27.
2019 New England Golf Association Championships:
- New England Amateur | Quechee Club (VT) | July 23-25
- New England Junior | Mill River CC (CT) | August 11-13
- New England Senior | Biddeford-Saco CC (ME)| September 17-18
For more information on the New England Amateur Championship and how to register, click here.
Qualifying for USGA Championships
Over the years Maine has had many great players qualify for USGA Championship events, the most competitive amateur tournaments offered in the country. The tournaments are played at some of the greatest golf courses in the world, and even better, most are open to amateur golfers that meet certain handicap restrictions, meaning you too can peg it up in some of these great tournaments.
This year Maine is playing host to a qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Championship. The Ledges GC will host a 36-hole sectional qualifier on July 15, available to amateur golfers with a USGA handicap index of 2.4 or less.
While that is the only qualifier that Maine will host this year, there are numerous qualifying sites around New England that are hosted by the state associations just like the MSGA. Our friends at Mass Golf have compiled a list of all qualifiers around New England for USGA Championship events. Your chance to shine on the national stage starts at one of these qualifiers held right here in the Northeast!