The 2023 season is quickly approaching, and we are excited about the upcoming season of tournaments. The Missouri Golf Association Board of Directors had their winter board meeting last month and are announcing changes relating to exemptions and the policy for selecting of the alternates for the Men’s Missouri Amateur Championship.  These new exemptions and the policy for alternates will go into place this year.


All former Missouri Amateur Champions

Quarterfinalists from previous year’s Missouri Amateur

Top 12 from previous year’s point list



STROKE PLAY Top 3 from previous year (and ties)

MID-AMATEUR Top 3 from previous year (and ties)


SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR (or highest-ranking player not already exempt and ties)

U.S. OPEN LOCAL QUALIFIER (current year)

2 exemptions to Host Club

Division 1 and Division 2 College players that qualify for Match Play in College National Event

The MGA reserves the right for the Executive Committee of the MGA to grant special exemptions.

See this year’s players who have already qualified for exemption:


Two players will qualify as first and second alternate from each qualifying site.

No Alternate will be selected through “last chance” qualifier.

Qualifying site nearest the tournament site shall be in the first position for selection.

Other sites will be selected using a “blind draw” which will be recorded and available.

Selection process will utilize a site/position rotation.


Position #1 First Alternate from closest site

Position #2 First Alternate from first “drawn site”

Position #3 First Alternate from second “drawn site”

Position #4 First Alternate from third “drawn site”

Position #5 Second Alternate from closest site

Position #6 Second Alternate from first “drawn site”


Once drawing is complete, list of players and positions will be published on the MGA Website and updated as changes occur.

MGA will contact players on rotation as positions become available up until 1 day before the first round. MGA will email, text and call players simultaneously. Players have 12 hours from MGA notification to confirm their place in the field. It is the PLAYERS’ responsibility to respond to the notification.  Failure to reply within 12 hours results in forfeiting of player position.


Should a player be on the alternate list, but not have gained a spot in the field by the day of the first round, the following shall apply:

Player must be ON SITE no later than 1 hour before the FIRST tee time.

It is the player’s responsibility to physically check in with MGA staff upon arrival. Upon check in, player will notify MGA of preferred notification method. MGA takes no responsibility for player not receiving nor replying to notification.

Rotation of alternates will be same as above, among those alternates who check in 1 hour before first tee time.


Should no players be on site as alternates, and a player withdraws, MGA will at the request of remaining players ATTEMPT to find another player to serve as a “marker” for the group. The marker shall have no standing in the tournament and are only there for pace of play.

Thank you for your support of the Missouri Golf Association and remember all entries open on March 2nd at 9 a.m. at

Thank you,

Scott Hovis

Executive Director

Missouri Golf Association