About the WSGA Membership
Handicapping: Following the USGA Handicap System that allows golfers of differing abilities to compete against one another, the WSGA utilizes a network that allows a golfer to post scores at thousands of golf courses across the country.
Tournaments: The most comprehensive amateur tournament schedule in Wisconsin provides tournaments for golfers of all ages and abilities. Included in the schedule are USGA qualifying events.
WSGA Player of the Year: Started in 1973 as a method of selecting players to represent the WSGA in team competitions on a state level, this program has grown to include qualifying for national team competitions as well. The season runs from May 1st to September 30th, culminating with the Player of the Year awards bestowed to the regular and senior point leaders at the State Amateur and State Senior Championships, respectively.
Wisconsin Golfer magazine: Wisconsin Golfer magazine, the official publication of the Wisconsin State Golf Association, is emailed out bi-monthly to WSGA Associate Members. Every issue features stories on golf courses, tournaments, instruction, Rules of Golf and other golf-related items.
WSGA Directory: The Wisconsin Directory of Golf Courses, which is mailed in spring, includes listings for private, semi-private, daily fee and municipal golf courses throughout Wisconsin.
WSGA.org: The website includes information that is vital to WSGA members. Among the site's most popular features include the handicap index look-up where members can view their current indexes. Other helpful features include up-to-the-minute tournament results, on-line score posting, a golf course directory and updated WSGA news and information.
Hole-In-One: The WSGA provides certificates honoring the feat of a hole-in-one as well as working with the US Historical Society in celebrating a truly remarkable experience.
Member Benefits Program: This program provides an opportunity for WSGA members to benefit from a variety of special offerings and discounts in areas such as sporting events, entertainment, hospitality, travel, etc. These benefits change from time to time so check back frequently for updates.
WSGA Foundation: The charitable arm of the WSGA was organized for educational purposes, primarily to promote the game of golf and to provide funds for such purposes. The WSGA Foundation pays for all fees associated with the WIAA Boys and Girls State High School Championships so that the individual schools do not have to worry about that.
Course Rating: The only golf association in Wisconsin authorized by the USGA to provide accurate course ratings, course rating is one of the key services the WSGA provides. Uniform course ratings are required to assure that the WSGA/USGA Handicap Indexes at your club are accurate.
Course Measurement: The WSGA utilizes its own Electronic Measuring Devices (EDM) and Global Positioning System (GPS) in the measurement of golf courses and employs the methods of measurement established in the USGA Course Rating SystemTM. In addition to measuring the length of the golf course, the WSGA offers measuring services relative to distance markings, i.e., sprinkler heads and/or other landmarks.
Rules: The WSGA has developed a program to instruct interested golfers and golf associations in acquiring knowledge about the Rules of Golf. The WSGA annually offers Rules Seminars and Rules Workshops at convenient locations. These seminars may be either indoor or outdoor sessions. The WSGA provides 24/7 (from April 1-October 31) accessibility to Rules questions, simply by calling 414-718-3796.
Education: In addition to Rules Seminars, the WSGA holds seminars on various subjects including Handicapping, Course Rating and Tournament Administration.
USGA P.J. Boatwright Intern: The WSGA offers a 12-week internship in cooperation with the USGA, which is designed as a comprehensive and extensive training experience to a qualified person in preparation for a career in golf administration.
Evans Scholars Program Assistance: The WSGA, in cooperation with the Western Golf Association (WGA) and the Northeastern Wisconsin Golf Association (NEWGA), administers the Evans Scholarship Program in Wisconsin. Each December, an Evans Scholar selection meeting takes place whereby candidates are interviewed by a panel of dignitaries representing golf clubs and golf associations statewide.