Women's Metropolitan Golf Association
The mission of the Women's Metropolitan Golf Association is to foster women's amateur golf and to encourage the participation of junior girls, while promoting integrity, respect for the game, and good fellowship through individual and team competition.
Founded in 1899, the Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association is the second oldest women’s golf association in the United States. The Association has a membership of 202 clubs and over 2,500 individual members. Member Clubs are among the oldest and most prestigious in the country, and individuals must have a maximum USGA Handicap Index of 23.0 to join. Member Clubs are within a 60-mile radius of Columbus Circle in New York City and all of Long Island, and are located in one of the following three districts of the Association:
- New Jersey (including Staten Island)
- Long Island
In order to fulfill its obligation as a Member Club, each club is required to offer its course every three years, if requested, for a WMGA tournament other than Team Matches. Special consideration extending the rotation term is offered to a club that hosts a multi-day tournament.
The Association conducts about 30 competitions each year, providing WMGA members with one of the largest and most varied playing schedules in the country. The schedule includes:
- one-day individual stroke play
- multi-day individual stroke play
- team, partner, junior and senior events
- family championships
- inter-district,inter-city, international team competitions
Included in these special events is the WMGA/MGA Women's Amateur Championship, open to member and non-member female golfers with a USGA Handicap Index maximum of 12.0 and the WMGA/Met PGA Open.
Our organization, supported largely by volunteers, is the USGA recognized authority for course rating for women golfers in the Metropolitan area. This complimentary service is provided for both member and public clubs. The WMGA relies upon a strong, forward-thinking Board of Directors, and its network of club representatives (known as Met Reps) and volunteers who give of their time, talent and energy to shepherd the growth of the Association. The WMGA remains dedicated to its objective of fostering good sportsmanship, good fellowship and friendly rivalry and to recognize and develop skilled amateur junior and women golfers through individual competition and team play.
Communicating with Our Members
Communications are an important device for the WMGA as the Board of Directors constantly strives to keep members aware of policy changes, tournament results, and industry news. Tee Talk, the WMGA newsletter, reports all WMGA information and is a source of both reminders and memories. The WMGA website, www.wmga.com, has become the focal point of communication over the past several years.
The WMGA is also an active partner with the USGA in conducting sectional qualifying rounds for national championships and assisting with those championships when they are held within one of our three districts. In addition, the Association has formed alliances with the New Jersey State Golf Association, the Metropolitan Golf Association and the Metropolitan PGA. We partner with the MGA to conduct an annual Women’s Public Links Championship, Mixed Pinehurst and with the Met PGA to conduct the Women’s Metropolitan Open Championship. We are one of the founding members of The Women's Golf Alliance comprised of women’s state and regional golf associations.
Junior Girls’ Programs
The WMGA is dedicated to junior golf. The association offers “Girls to the Tee”, a free clinic to junior girls in conjunction with PGA professionals. It is the hope that the clinic will foster friendships among the participants, identify juniors with special talent, and teach basics and love of the game. The association has instituted a Fellowship Membership to qualified juniors who do not belong to member clubs. The Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association also has a Foundation that awards money for four years of college to deserving girls with an interest in golf.