Becoming an MSGA Volunteer     

As a non-profit organization, the MSGA relies heavily on the support of volunteers and continues to grow through the generosity of these individuals. Volunteers assist the staff in providing the highest level of service to golfers and golf clubs in Maryland.  We are currently seeking volunteers that are interested in serving as Tournament Officials or Course Raters.   

Tournament Officials  
Each year the MSGA conducts state championships, junior events, qualifying for USGA National Championships, and One-Day competitions. Without the volunteers, running these events successfully would not be possible.

There are a variety of tasks required to run successful events, and we will find a job that matches your talents. Even if you have never opened up a rule book there are a wide range of jobs to meet various skills, knowledge, and talent.  Volunteer duties may include course setup, spotters, starters, scoring, pace of play, and on course officials. Uniforms are provided for Tournament Officials.

Course Raters
The MSGA course rating teams visit over 30 golf courses per year. A course rating team is comprised of four or more trained volunteers, who are assigned courses within their geographic region.  When rating a golf course, the team evaluates each hole using the USGA Course Rating System.  The majority of the team’s time is spent measuring distances to various obstacles from specific landing zones based on shot parameters.  Upon completion of the course rating, the team is given an opportunity to play the golf course being evaluated.     

If you are interested or would like more information, please follow these steps:

  1. Volunteers must be members of the MSGA.  If not currently a member, you must first join the MSGA.  For a list of member clubs (having a handicap at a member club constitutes membership), click HERE.
  2. Download and complete the MSGA Committee Form by selecting "Download Application" below and return to the MSGA; OR, complete the form online by selection "Online Application below. Contact Kelly Newland, MSGA Director of Rules & Competitions, at 410-653-5300 ext. 6 for questions or additional information about becoming an MSGA volunteer.
  3. Once we receive your Volunteer Form, we will help you coordinate a day to volunteer in your area with your desired interest.
  4. Receive Official welcome Letter, uniform, and any additional volunteer information or training.


We look forward to you joining the Maryland State Golf Association. If you have any questions or would like to receive additional information contact Kelly Newland at 410-653-5300 ext. 6.



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