If summer ever gets here, there will be plenty to do on the local links this season.
As has been the case for more than a decade, the Brainerd Lakes area will be packed with MGA events, golfing fundraisers, mixers, golf groups and leagues.
There is something for all levels of golf from competitive challenges to a fun, two-hour getaway from the world.
There are women’s leagues, men’s leagues, senior leagues, couples leagues, co-ed leagues, interclub leagues, scrambles, fishing and golf events, par 3 tournaments and night golf.
One of the biggest events this season will be happening May 30-31 at The Classic at Madden’s.
The United States Golf Association is coming to town with its Public Links Sectional Qualifying. This is one of two qualifiers in Minnesota for the USGA Amateur Public Links Championship. The event is open to amateur golfers with a handicap index of 4.4 or less who play at public golf courses only. For more information about entering visit www.usga.org.
“The course is good to go for this event, but we’re hoping to take on a couple of bigger USGA events so we might lengthening a couple of the holes,” said Madden’s PGA professional Glenn Hagberg. “As far as for this regional event, the USGA loved the course. The Minnesota Golf Association was pushing hard to do this at the Classic, too. Everyone is fully supportive of using this facility.
“It’s going to be fun to see how the course holds up against the best players in the state.”
Other major state events include the 33rd MGA Players’ Championship June 20-22 at Deacon’s Lodge
This is the second time the event has been held in the lakes area. David Morgan won the 2002 title at Cragun’s Legacy Courses.
The MGA Amateur Net Team Championship will be Sept. 6-7 at The Preserve and Pines at Grand View Lodge and the MGA Team Championship will be Sept. 19-20 at Golden Eagle.
Below is a list of some of the leagues and tournaments scheduled for the upcoming season.
If your league or tournament isn’t included call or email me.
Birch Bay Golf Course and Resort will be offering women’s groups Monday nights and Wednesday mornings.
A senior men’s group will play Thursday mornings and a couples night could be in the works for Sunday nights.
Breezy Point Resort
The Men’s Twilight league will once again be held Thursday nights with the women’s league held Thursday mornings.
The increasingly popular Tuesday night women’s league will be back again this year. Tim Johnson will once again run the program.
The men’s Thursday night league, along with the Sunday night couples league, is also back.
The junior program will begin in June and July and will be held Wednesday mornings.
There’s a couples league on Sunday, junior league on Monday, women’s league on Wednesday and men’s league Thursday mornings. On Thursday afternoon, is another women’s league.
Yet another event is the Wednesday afternoon mixed scrambles.
Monday nights continue to be scramble night at Eagles Landing Golf Club. The event is open to the public.
Emily Greens has three different women’s leagues and five different men’s leagues to choose from depending on time and date. There is also a couples mixer that takes place two Sundays a month.
Grand View Lodge
The popular women’s outings will be held three Tuesday nights a month at all four GVL courses with the other Tuesday night going to the coed outing.
Those two are nine-hole events. For an 18-hole women’s group check out the Thursday night Chix with Stix group that plays at 2 p.m. Thursdays.
The Interclub League will begin in June.
Tuesday night is 9-hole Moonlight Bay golf league, Men’s’ day is Wednesday mornings and Monday evenings is a nine hole women’s group.
Little Falls Country Club
Tuesdays will be women’s league at Little Falls Country Club. Wednesdays belong to men’s league with couples league starting 5 p.m. Thursdays
A senior league (55 and older will play 8:30 a.m. Thursdays.
The resort’s women’s league will begin May 10 with a kickoff opening night at the airport driving range. This group will play 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays on both the Pine Beach East and West Courses.
There will also be a Wednesday night couples league and a Thursday night men’s league on both courses.
Whitefish Golf Club
Whitefish will have a Tuesday men’s league and a Wednesday women’s league open to non-members.
April 29: Dutch’s Duffers Open — Cragun’s Legacy
April 30: Bob Mohr/Commander scramble — Breezy Point Resort
May 13: The Traditional tournament — Breezy Point Resort
May 14-15: Golf Galaxy Golf Tour — Cragun’s Legacy
May 15: Whitefish Bloody Open 3-man scramble — Whitefish Golf Club
May 17: MGA Senior Tour — The Classic
May 22: Spring 3-person scramble — Golden Eagle Golf Club
May 23: MGA Senior Tour — Breezy Point Resort
May 29: 10th Legacy Challenge — Cragun’s Legacy
May 29: 5th Madden’s Parent/child tournament — Madden’s Resort
May 30-31: Fred-Mark tournament — Grand View Lodge
May 30-31: USGA Amateur Public Links Sectional Qualifying — The Classic at Madden’s
May 31: MGA Senior Tour — Grand View Lodge
June 1: MGA Senior Tour — Grand View Lodge
June 4: Little Falls Golf Extravaganza — Little Falls Country Club
June 7: Charlie’s Scramble — Breezy Point Resort
June 11: Red Bull Prostate Cancer tournament — Little Falls Country Club
June 12: Relay for Life — Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge
June 13: All Season Match Play Tourney deadline — Grand View Lodge
June 17: ESPN Best Ball Challenge — The Pines at Grand View Lodge
June 19: Jr. Optimist Tri-State District Qualifier — Cragun’s Legacy
June 20-22: 33rd MGA Players’ Championship — Deacon’s Lodge
June 21: ACS Pink Ribbon tournament — Grand View Lodge
June 24: Brainerd Sports Boosters tournament — The Preserve
June 26-27: Grand View Challenge 2-day Pro-Am — Grand View Lodge
July 4-10: Take Your Kids to the Course Week — Cragun’s Legacy
July 5: Charlie’s Scramble — Breezy Point Resort
July 8: U of M Scholarship tournament — Cragun’s Legacy
July 10: Hospice fundraiser — Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge
July 12: MGA Senior Tour — The Vintage at Staples
July 12: Cuyuna Chamber — Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge
July 15: Full Moon Night Golf scramble — The Garden Course at Grand View Lodge
July 15: Morrison County Chaplaincy tournament — Little Falls Country Club
July 17: Emily Days 9-hole “Go Low” scramble — Emily Greens
July 19: Mid-Minn Builders Association — Whitefish Golf Club
July 21: Mielke Oil tournament — Little Falls Country Club
July 24: Summer 3-person scramble — Golden Eagle Golf Club
July 26: MGA Senior Tour — Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge
July 28: Breezy Point Ladies Invitational — Breezy Point Resort
July 30: Minnesota State putting championship — The Pines at Grand View Lodge
July 31: Best Ball Beach Party — Member/Guest tourney — The Pines at Grand View Lodge
July 31-Aug. 1: MGA Associates Day — Golden Eagle
Aug. 1: Little Falls Area Chamber tournament — Little Falls Country Club
Aug. 2: Charlie’s Scramble — Breezy Point Resort
Aug. 4: MREA Burn Center scramble — Breezy Point Resort
Aug. 7: The 7th Battle of the Bars — Emily Greens
Aug. 11: Nisswa Ladies Soiree — The Pines at Grand View Lodge
Aug. 11-12: MN PGA Jr. Tour of Champions — Cragun’s Legacy
Aug. 13: Swanson’s Melanoma Cancer scramble — Breezy Point Resort
Aug. 13: F.A.B. tournament — Little Falls Country Club
Aug. 14: Club Championship — Emily Greens
Aug. 14-15: Fish and Golf Pro-AM — Grand View Lodge
Aug. 20: Day Night Doubleheader — Emily Greens
Aug. 20-21: Club tournament — Little Falls Country Club
Aug. 21: 3rd Emily/Outing Food Shelf scramble — Emily Greens
Aug. 21: Lakes Area Par 3 championship — The Preserve at Grand View Lodge
Aug. 24: Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber — Cragun’s Legacy
Aug. 26: Membership Club Championship — The Pines at Grand View Lodge
Aug. 27: Wolfhound Cup
Aug. 27-29: Legacy Club Championship — Cragun’s Legacy
Aug. 29-30: Minnesota Women’s Senior State Amateur Championship — Whitefish Golf Club
Sept. 6: Charlie’s Scramble — Breezy Point Resort
Sept. 6-7: 19th MGA Amateur Net Team Championship — Grand View Lodge
Sept. 12: Boys and Girls club tournament — Little Falls Country Club
Sept. 18: Aitkin Chamber — Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge
Sept. 19-20: 10th MGA Team Championships — Golden Eagle
Sept. 24: 8th Gary Stiner Ironman Classic — Emily Greens
Sept. 24-25: Greater Whitefish Scramble — Whitefish Golf Club
Oct. 2: Legacy Challenge — Cragun’s Legacy
Oct. 2-3: Great Northern Couples Shootout — Grand View Lodge
Oct. 15-16: Ironman — Grand View Lodge
jeremy millsop, sports writer, may be reached at email@example.com or at 855-5856.