Maine Golf is one of 59 Allied Golf Associations (AGA) that work in conjunction with the United States Golf Association® to foster and promote the game of golf across the country. As a recognized Allied Golf Association with the USGA, we serve as the state’s primary resource for USGA services such as championship qualifiers, governance, golf facility support, and programs that help grow and improve the long-term health of the game.
USGA championships require players who aren’t exempt to qualify to compete in their events. Most of these qualifying events in the northeast are conducted by the other Allied Golf Associations from around New England. Our friends at Mass Golf have a comprehensive list of regional qualifiers for USGA championships on their website.
About the USGA
The USGA is a nonprofit organization that celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf. Founded in 1894, we conduct many of golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open Presented by ProMedica. With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment, handicapping and amateur status rules. The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future. The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts. To learn more, visit usga.org
World Amateur Golf Ranking
The World Amateur Golf Ranking® / WAGR®, which comprises a women’s ranking and a men’s ranking for elite amateur players, is offered by The R&A and the USGA® as a global service to golf. The WAGR aims to:
- Accurately rank players as they compete in competitions
- To provide a ranking system that enables players to compare with each other even though they may not directly compete against each other in events
- To stimulate ambition in players and federations to succeed in development of their game and golfing ability
Through incorporation and assessment worldwide of both amateur and professional events, WAGR aims to be globally recognized as the ultimate ranking system for amateur golf.