History and Purpose
For many years the women golfers of Missouri wished to be represented at the major tournaments by a State Champion; and since the old state organization had dissolved some years past, a group of representative women, golfers throughout the state, gathered at the Blue Hills Club in Kansas City on July 15, 1935, and reorganized the Women's Missouri Golf Association.
The first tournament was held over the Kansas City Country Club course, with a total of 104 entries. From then on the number of contestants increased and because of the assured survival of the newly organized Association, some of the members of the old organization assembled their remaining assets and in 1937 presented the present Women's Missouri Golf Association with a beautiful perpetual championship trophy. This gesture was a challenge for the new organization to branch out and interest more out-state women in tournament golf, and today our roster of women members includes golfers from clubs in various sections of our state. Successful tournaments have been held in Joplin, Kansas City, St. Joseph, Mexico, Springfield, St. Louis, Excelsior Springs; and each year the names of new contestants are being added to the list of entrants, which is evidence of the growth and scope of the activities of our Association.
The Officers, Directors and Advisory Members acknowledge with appreciation the fine spirit of cooperation from the clubs and members which has made the Missouri Women's Golf Association an outstanding and successful organization. NOTE: As the growth of women's golf evolved, so too did the WMGA. Therefore, in 1992, the Association was formally reorganized with new Bylaws and Incorporated; and became known as the Missouri Women's Golf Association, open to all amateur female golfers in the state of Missouri and Johnson County, Kansas.
The MWGA continues the pursuit of amateur women's golf in the state of Missouri and Johnson County, Kansas. It takes an active interest in all phases of women's golf including competition within the Junior area by sending an annual team of five junior girl golfers to the Four State Competition--Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri--to determine the best girl golfers within the four states. In 1995 the MWGA began participating in a new event, the Fore State Team Championship, in which teams of 10 women from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma compete annually in three different tournament formats. Annually, the MWGA presents the Amateur Championship (since 1935), the Junior Championship (since 1961), The Senior Championship( since 1993), The Two Lady Scramble Tournament (since 1999), and the Mid Amateur Championship (added in 2011).
The MWGA also forms teams of volunteers to rate golf courses throughout the state of Missouri. It works hand in hand with the USGA and other state associations to insure that our course ratings are up to date and that our raters are qualified to render those ratings.
One of our most rewarding duties is granting scholarships to junior girls annually. These scholarships are funded not only by the Missouri Women's Golf Education Association, Inc. but also by the Shepherd Foundation which allows the MWGA to award the Susan E. Shepherd Memorial Scholarship annually. We will continue to build our scholarship fund through the efforts of our generous membership.
By Mrs. George O. Donnovan
revised by Karen Johnson, 2012