MGA Announces 2024 Schedule
ELMSFORD, N.Y. (February 6, 2024) – The anticipation for the season ahead now builds as the Metropolitan Golf Association has released its 2024 schedule, revealing the slate on its MGA Championship Preview Show Presented by Dewar’s. On the show, Shane Bacon and MGA Director of Championships Chris Gaffney unveiled the lineup and took a deeper look at some of the year’s biggest events, including the 69th Ike MGA Stroke Play Championship at Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove, N.Y., the 122nd Met Amateur Championship at Somerset Hills Country Club in Bernardsville, N.J., and the 109th Met Open Championship Presented by Callaway at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, Conn.
The MGA’s tournament season officially begins on May 8 with the 97th MGA Senior Amateur Championship taking place at GlenArbor in Bedford Hills, N.Y. The event always serves as an exciting start to the season, with a deep field of competitors aged 55 and above contending for one of the MGA’s oldest championships.
The Senior Net Four-Ball Tournament takes place May 14 at Harrison Meadows Country Club in Harrison, N.Y., while the early portion of the season also includes the 76th MGA Public Links Championship, which returns to Spook Rock Golf Course in Suffern, N.Y., on June 13 for a record ninth time.
A pair of women’s championships also come early on the schedule, with the MGA/WMGA Women’s Public Links Championship taking place June 11 on the Yellow Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. The Women’s Met Amateur Championship follows on June 18 at Nassau Country Club, marking the first of back-to-back weeks at the historic club for the MGA.
The Ike follows at Nassau, June 25-26. As a founding member of the MGA, it’s no surprise that Nassau is one of the longest-standing hosts for MGA championships, first welcoming the Met Amateur in 1900. This will be the third Ike hosted by the club and the record 14th MGA major hosted by Nassau. Recent years have seen the club stretch its championship-tested layout to just over 7,100 yards and both remove and reposition bunkers. To win either the Women’s Met Amateur or Ike, players will have to be sharp from tee to green, with the green surrounds standing as one of the most challenging features at Nassau.
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The 108th Met Junior Championship Sponsored by MetLife returns to Sunningdale Country Club in Scarsdale, N.Y., June 15-17. This will be the second Met Junior hosted by the club, last doing so in 1938.
The 4th MGA Parent-Child Championship heads to Long Island this year, taking place July 22 at Nissequogue Golf Club in Saint James, N.Y.
The MGA’s second major of the year takes place August 1-4, with Somerset Hills Country Club hosting the Met Amateur for the third time (1982, 2003). This will be the sixth MGA championship staged at the club, the last being the Mid-Amateur in 2020. The classic Tillinghast layout will provide a stern test in stroke play before the top 16 players advance to match play for the remainder of the championship. From there, players will no doubt get to experience some unique hole locations on the club’s challenging greens as they try to capture the MGA’s oldest title.
The 22nd MGA Carter Cup will come after the Met Amateur this year, taking place August 6 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., as typical host Baltusrol Golf Club renovates its Upper Course in 2024. This will be the fourth time the Carter Cup has taken place at Winged Foot, which serves as a fitting typical alternate host as Michael Carter – for whom the championship honors and remembers – was a junior champion at both Baltusrol and Winged Foot.
The MGA’s popular Father & Son Championship follows on August 12 at Springdale Golf Club in Princeton, N.J.
August 20-22, the 109th Met Open Championship heads to a first-time host in Wee Burn, which last welcomed the MGA with the Mid-Amateur in 2019. This will be the sixth different MGA championship hosted by the club. Wee Burn dates to 1896, with its present-day Devereux Emmet layout opening in 1925. A pair of small creeks wind through the property and come in to play on several holes. Most notably, “Stony Brook” fronts the green of the long par-4 11th and encircles the green of the short par-4 16th. The three-time U.S. Women’s Amateur host is known for its immaculate conditioning and its green complexes, which feature mounding found on many Emmet courses.
Two more senior events come next on the calendar. Both take place on Long Island, with the 28th Lexus MGA Senior Open Championship taking place August 26-28 at The Seawane Club in Hewlett Harbor, N.Y., and the 13th MGA Senior Masters Tournament, September 19, at Southward Ho Country Club in Bay Shore, N.Y.
The season begins to wind down with the third playing of The Farrell, September 27-29, at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn., with champions once again getting crowned in men’s mid-amateur, women’s mid-amateur, and men’s senior divisions from an international field.
The 18th MGA Mid-Amateur Championship will head to Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle, N.J., October 14-15, for what will be the first individual MGA championship hosted by the club.
This fall, men and women from the Met Area will look to continue recent years’ impressive play in international competitions and will take on Ligue de Golf Paris at Fontainebleau Golf Club in the 21st French-American Challenge.
After getting rescheduled and ultimately cancelled in 2023 due to weather, the MGA Lexus Long Drive Championship is slated to return to the Polo Fields at Bethpage State Park in October, with the date to be announced.
Additional details will also be announced for the 56th MGA/MetLife Boys’ Championship, the 60th MGA/WMGA Mixed Pinehurst Championship, both the Men’s and Women’s Four-Ball Championships, and the MGA Virtual Interclub Championship Powered by Golfzon.