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Frequently Asked Questions
long is my MSGA membership good for?
Any memberships purchased after October 1st will be
good for the rest of that year and all of the following year. Otherwise,
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
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 and delete your account from our database.
How do the pro shops get paid for vouchers
The pro 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.