MGA Educational Seminars & Workshops

Educational Seminars

Each year the MGA conducts multiple one-day educational seminars around the state for course managers, golf professionals, league officials, and individuals interested in the Rules of Golf and USGA Handicap System. Participants will learn basic and vital concepts about the Rules of Golf and USGA Handicap System. This year we'll focus on the Rules and Handicap System changes that became effective January 1, 2016, and explain how these changes will affect individual members and member clubs. Participants will also be introduced to the programs and services of the MGA, and have the opportunity to meet with others in the Minnesota golf community. 

USGA Handicap Seminar:
  • Overview of USGA Handicap System - how does the Handicap System work?
  • How do the 2016 changes affect individuals and clubs?
  • What is the role of the Handicap Committee?
Rules of Golf Session:
  • Overview of the most commonly encountered Rules
  • How knowledge of the Rules of Golf can be advantageous to players - (situational)
  • Use of video, PowerPoint and discussion to address common situations and questions
  • Q&A for questions you have regarding situations at your club
Your $20 entry fee includes:
  • Lunch & beverages
  • 2016 USGA Rules of Golf book
  • USGA Handicap System manual
  • Educational packet

Registration Information will be coming soon:

Turfgrass Forum

The turfgrass forum is a free informational discussion and round table for MGA Member Clubs and Members who are interested in learning more about the following topics:
  • The latest issues facing turfgrass
  • Preparing Hazeltine National Golf Club for the Ryder Cup
  • The recently publicized partnership between the University of Minnesota and the USGA
  • Dr. Brian Horgan
    • University of Minnesota Turf Extension Specialist
  • Mr. Robert Vavrek
    • USGA Senior Agronomist, Central Region
  • Mr. Chris Tritabaugh
    • Hazeltine National Golf Course Superintendent
All Course Owners, General Managers, Golf Professionals, Golf Course Superintendents, Club Presidents, Greens Chairs and other MGA Members are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
  • There is no fee for this forum.
  • GCSAA educational points are available.
  • PGA MSR credits are available.
Reservations information coming soon:
  • Contact Joel Comstock, MGA Regional Affairs Director
    • 952-345-3961 or
    • Please provide your name and golf course affiliation.