Mississippi Golf History

Mississippi Golf Association Mission

“The Association was formed and exists for the purpose of promoting and conserving throughout the state of Mississippi the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions, and thereby promoting the common good and general welfare of the people of the state of Mississippi.”


MGA Past, Present and Future

The Mississippi Golf Association was officially chartered by a constitution and by-laws in June of 1925.  Over the past 80 years the association has grown from one meeting a year to host a State Amateur Championship to an organization dedicated to providing service to every golf course and golfer in the state of Mississippi.

Over time the MGA has built and maintained strong working relationships with the USGA, the PGA of America, and other state, regional and local golf associations to promote the game of golf. The Mississippi Golf Association stands as the governing body for amateur golf in the state, looked upon to provide the leadership necessary to uphold the traditions and values of the game and to ensure its future growth.

The Mississippi Golf Association now conducts 15 state championships, provides an ever-growing handicap service to its member courses, and has taken the lead in promoting the future growth of the game through our junior golf program.

Women's Golf in Mississippi

June 2017 - At the 2017 Women's State Amateur the Mississippi Golf Association stood before those present at the business meeting and banquet. The MGA invited the MWGA to join forces in an effort to grow Women's Golf in Mississippi and improve upon the strong foundation already established by the MWGA. A decision was made by all those present to be absorbed by the Mississippi Golf Association, effective January 1, 2018. The Mississippi Golf Association is pleased about this new relationship with Women's Golf in Mississippi. The MGA will now conduct all state championships for Women, Juniors and Men alike.

History of the Mississippi Junior Golf Association

The Mississippi Junior Golf Association was founded in 2000. However, several tournaments date back prior to the founding of the association. The Cup Matches began in 1999 and were in the beginning a team from North Mississippi versus a team from South Mississippi. This format of team selection was changed in 2006 when the points series was used to evenly place junior golfers on the Nicklaus Team or Palmer Team. 

In 2011 the Mississippi Junior Golf Association was approached by Wyatt Boyett from Louisiana to start a Ryder Cup format of matches between Louisiana junior golfers and Mississippi junior golfers. The matches were a huge success and in 2013 the Louisiana Golf Association became involved to assist in the matches and be a part of the team selection of Louisiana junior golfers. The matches continue to gain popularity. To see results of past matches - Click Here.

Until 2012, the Mississippi Boys and Girls Junior Amateur were separate with the Girls Junior Amateur being hosted by the Mississippi Women's Golf Association. During the 2012 season, the two amateurs were merged and played at the Country Club of Jackson at one time. The championship was successful and has continued to be hosted at the same time from that point forward. For complete results of the Junior Amateur - Click Here.

History of the BankPlus Junior Pro Am

The first Junior Pro Am was held in 2006. Junior players are invited based on their ranking in the points series from the season.