Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Below are answers to frequently asked questions grouped by topic. Click on the topic and a drop-down menu appears. Many answers show text in blue and bold typeface which are live links that take you directly to that information on the website.
Q: How do I become a Member?
A: You can join the WMGA if your USGA Handicap Index is 25.0 or less and you are a member of a WMGA Member Club or as an Independent Member. Contact the WMGA Met Rep at your club or check our website (wmga.com) under Membership.
Q: How do I know if my golf club is a WMGA Member Club?
Q: Do I have to join a golf club to be a WMGA Member?
Q: Can I become a WMGA Member if I am 19 years old or younger?
A: Yes. An amateur junior girl golfer who has not reached her 19th birthday as of January 1 of the current season can join the WMGA. You are eligible to join if you, your parents or guardian, is a member of a Member Club, or as an Independent Member if you do not belong to a member club. There are no annual dues for a junior and you may be eligible for WMGA Foundation Scholarships and Fellowship stipends. Information on the process and application are found on the Membership tab and Independent Member tab. Learn more about scholarships and stipends on the Foundation tab.
Format and Schedules
Q: What type of competitions does the WMGA have?
A: There are Team Matches and Tournament competitions. Team Matches are held on successive Tuesdays and Thursdays over a 2.5 week period in early spring culminating with an Interdistrict Championship for the top teams in Series 1 of each district. There are around 30 tournaments/Championships held from May to October of various formats including individual, team, and family events.
Q: How can I find out what the Team Match schedule is?
A: The schedule is found on our website under the Team Matches tab.
Q: How can I find out what the tournament schedule is?
A: The Tournament Schedule is found on our website under the Tournaments tab.
Q: How can I determine what tournaments I should play in and what is the format?
A: Visit the Tournaments tab as there are links to a variety of information. Tournament Descriptions provide a detailed description of the tournament including eligibility, format, and handicap allowances. The Tournament Roadmap is a one page “at a glance” view of all the tournaments. You can determine which ones to play based on your eligibility, preferred format, duration and location of the competition.
Q: How do I register for an event or tournament?
You need a Golf Genius WMGA Player Profile to register for an event and for further help call WMGA office (914) 592-7888.
Q: How do I sign up for a Golf Genius WMGA Player Profile?
A: You will need to have your GHIN # handy to start the process. Visit the Tournaments tab and click Golf Genius Player Registration. To create a new profile, scroll down to the page to “Click here to Register”. Click “Register” and enter your GHIN Number and Last Name. Fill out all required fields of the registration form and click “Register”. Confirm Email and Username via Confirmation Email. Your profile has been created and you may register for WMGA events.
Q: Can I register for any tournament?
A: Your Handicap Index must match the eligibility criteria on the day of registration. Your Handicap Index for each competition will be one week prior to the first day of competition. See the TSB for information on a situation when your Handicap raises or lowers and you no longer match the eligibility criteria of a competition you have entered.
Q: How will I know that my registration for an event or tournament has been accepted?
A: First, you receive a “ registration acknowledgement” email, and second, you receive an “acceptance” email. If your entry is not accepted into an event you will be contacted by the office.
Q: When is registration Closed for a tournament or event?
A: Registration is closed three weeks prior to the competition. This date can be found on the Golf Genius portal under Tournament Description for a competition and can be found in the TSB.
Q: Is it possible to enter a competition that is Closed or Sold out?
Q: With daily handicap revisions, what Handicap Index is used for a tournament?
A: The WMGA will freeze your Handicap Index for each competition one week prior to the first day of competition.
Q: What happens if my Handicap goes above or below the 14.0 cutoff between the time I registered and the day of the event?
A: Handicap limits will be calculated one week prior to the first day of competition for that tournament. If your handicap index changes and you no longer meet the criteria for eligibility you will be contacted by the office with all options. This does not necessarily mean that you can no longer play in the competition.
Q: What tournaments am I eligible to play in?
A: See the Tournament Description for each competition on Golf Genius to learn player eligibility. Eligibility varies based on Handicap Index, (Class A = maximum handicap index of 14.0; Class B = minimum handicap index of 14.1) and format of the event. A summary of the descriptions can be found on the Tournaments tab.
Q: What information is provided prior to the Tournament?
A: An Information Sheet is emailed to all registered players two weeks prior to the competition, Tee Times are emailed and published on Golf Genius one week prior to an event, and the Notice To Players is emailed within 24 hours of the competition. You can find all three documents on the Golf Genius portal for each individual competition.
Q: When are the Tee Times for a tournament released?
A: One week prior to the first day of competition via the email listed in your Golf Genius account. Check your Spam folder if you do not receive the notice of tee times.They are also published on the Golf Genius portal for each competition.
Q: What is the Dress Code for a tournament?
A: Proper golf attire must be worn at all WMGA events. You must adhere to the dress code requirements of the host Member Club. Please review the Notice to Players and Host Member Club’s website for guest information. If your dress is deemed inappropriate by the WMGA or host Member Club you may be denied participation in the tournament.
Q: What do I do if I have to cancel and cannot play in an event?
A: Contact the WMGA office immediately (914) 592-7888 and email email@example.com.
Q: How do I find out if an event is delayed or cancelled due to weather or course conditions?
A: Check wmga.com. A red emergency banner will show on the homepage if there is a delay or cancellation. In addition, an email will be sent to all players with an update.
Rules, Posting Scores and Results
Q: Where can I find the WMGA Standing Rules for the Tournaments?
Q: Do I post my score for Team Matches?
Q: Do I post my score for a Tournament event?
A: It depends on the format. Reference the applicable Notice to Players for the answer. The WMGA will automatically post your score within 12 hours of the event for most tournaments.
Q: Where do I see tournament results?
A: Visit the WMGA homepage under Recent Results or view on each individual Tournament Portal on Golf Genius.
Q: What does my Foundation donation support?
A: The Foundation’s core mission is to foster and encourage the growth and development of young women and girls who play golf or participate in golf related activities. Programs include scholarships to young women pursuing higher education, Girls To The Tee Clinics and stipends for juniors playing in tournaments. Learn more on the Foundation tab.
Q: Is a donation to the Foundation tax deductible?
A: Yes, The Women’s Metropolitan Golf Association Foundation, Inc., is a qualified non-profit organization under IRS code 501 (c) 3. All gifts are fully tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. WMGA Foundation Tax ID is 22-3844130.
Q: Is the WMGA Foundation separate from the WMGA?
A: The WMGA Foundation is a separate non-profit entity and its Board is comprised of both WMGA Board members and non-WMGA Board members. It also has several committees which run its various programs.
Q: Can I volunteer for the Foundation without being on the Board?
A: Yes, the WMGA Foundation maintains a committee structure overseeing its various programs; Scholarships, Girls to the Tee, Fundraising, and Outreach. Each committee welcomes non-board member volunteers.