About WMGA

About the WMGA


The Washington Metropolitan Golf Association (WMGA) and its predecessor organization (the District of Columbia Golf Association) have been serving Washington area golfers since 1914. The WMGA is comprised of member golf clubs within the District of Columbia, the Maryland counties of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, Prince Georges, St. Mary’s and Washington; the Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford; and the independent cities within these Virginia counties.  The objectives of the association are to promote amateur golf, maintain the true spirit of the game, provide services to the member clubs, and lend support to allied golf associations.

Activities of the association are performed through an Executive Director and a slate of Officers and Executive Committee members elected by the membership at the Association’s annual meeting. The WMGA maintains an office under the direction of the Executive Director to serve as an information center for amateur golf activities in the Washington Metropolitan area and to coordinate the competitions and USGA Qualifiers conducted by the WMGA during the golf season.

The WMGA is very active in providing Rules of Golf education to – its member clubs, high school golf teams, college golf teams, and other allied organizations including The First Tee and The Special Olympics of Maryland.  Our volunteers also help officiate at and conduct high school competitions in Maryland and Virginia and college golf competitions up and down the east coast.  WMGA rules officials also assist the Middle Atlantic GA, the Maryland State GA, the Virginia State GA, the MAPGA and the USGA.  Our rules experts have assisted at the highest levels of competition, including the U. S. Open, U. S. Women’s Open, U. S. Amateur, and the Masters.

In 2019 the WMGA, working with the Middle Atlantic GA, provided rules of golf education to 15 college golf teams and hundreds of high school players and their coaches across Maryland and Virginia.

The WMGA offers financial assistance to junior golfers who support our events through the Frank Emmet Scholarship program.  Recipients are junior golfers who have just graduated high school and are headed off to college.  Information and an application is available on our website.

In 2015 the association established the Randal P. ‘Randy’ Reed Distinguished Service Award, presented annually to one of its volunteers for “Outstanding Contributions to the Game of Golf and for Significant Efforts in supporting the mission of the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association.”

View the honorees ⇒ HERE