Flavin qualifies for MGA Amateur Championship

David Flavin of the Links at Northfork qualified for the Minnesota Golf Association (MGA) Amateur Championships, set for July 16-18.

Qualifying for the 2012 MGA Amateur Championship came to a close July 2 in the 98-degree temps out at the Northfield Golf Club in where Flavin was among 69 golfers attempting to grab one of the final 17 qualifying spots available.

This was the last of 10 qualifying events which took place over the past two and a half weeks. The July 2 qualifier was originally scheduled to take place on June 18 but had to be rescheduled due to weather.

The 109th MGA Amateur Championship will be held at the Hastings Country Club, July 16-18, where 156 of the states best amateur golfers will compete for the championship.

In 1901, the first Amateur Championship concluded the MGA’s inaugural meeting at the Meadow Brook Club in Winona. Despite the fact the championship was not conducted in 1942-1944 due to the war, it remains one of the oldest golf championships in the state. Past champions include Harry Legg (10), Jimmy Johnson (seven), Pat Sawyer (five) and some other notables like Tom Lehman, Tim Herron and John Harris.

The MGA Amateur also is one of the largest golfing events in the state with over 800 people entering the championship every year. It takes 10 or more qualifying sites around the state to narrow down the competitors to a starting field of 156.

Amateur golfers can compete in the qualifying rounds if they meet these requirements:

• Currently associate members of the MGA at the club from which they are playing.

• The club where they play is a current member club of the MGA.

• Their USGA handicap index for 18 holes does not exceed 6.4 at the time of entry.

For more information about the MGA Amateur Championship, visit www.mngolf.org.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com