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Kristine Alonso
Membership Director
(540) 784-4723 | kalonso@pgahq.com


MSR Requirements

Effective for MSR Cycle 15A: June 16, 2018 – June 15, 2022

PGA Members are required to earn 54 total MSR credits for a three-year cycle; at least 36 of those must come from Meeting/Education/Player Development. These credits are commonly referred to as the “required category.” These consist of but are not limited to, Section and Chapter meetings and education seminars, as well as various PGA of America-approved Player Development Programs. You may also attend Non-Section education seminars as long as they are career-specific and you are highly encouraged to contact the Section office BEFORE attending to confirm you will earn credit.

The other category is referred to as the “total category.” These credits can be obtained through a wide variety of activities including, but not limited to, playing in Section tournaments, volunteering at Section Consumer Events, and having an article you wrote published in a golf publication.

If you are participating in online education, there are specific course requirements to be eligible for credits. Those requirements are outlined below:

  1. The program must be at least an hour long and have at least 30 screen shots for 1 MSR to be awarded.
  2. The program must have an assessment associated with it consisting of 8-10 questions per hour of content.
  3. PGA Education must be given access to the content and assessment for final approval, please email Todd Sammons at tsammons@pgahq.com and Nicole Pillay at NPillay@pgahq.com.
  4. Following approval, the Membership Department has reporting requirements that must be met as well.

Associate Orientations

Once you are a registered Associate, you must attend an Associate Orientation if you desire to participate in Section tournaments. All Orientations are conducted at the MAPGA Section office and cost $25.00 to attend. You will take a 50 question rules test that will determine whether you earn your playing privileges within the Section. Below are the Orientation dates for 2022;

  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10th
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 7th
  • THURSDAY, MAY 26th
  • THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st
  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8th

Playing Ability Test (PAT)

The Playing Ability Test or “PAT” is a measure of golfing ability. It means PGA Professionals have the skills needed to teach and grow the game. The 36-hole playing ability test is something you must pass to become a PGA Professional.

Registration links for each site will be available shortly.

Date & Site Fee Phone Number & Registration
April 5th
PAT CC of Petersburg
Petersburg, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (804) 733-4451
Register
May 9th
PAT Great Hope GC
Westover, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (410) 651-5900
Register
May 23rd
PAT Ruggles GC
Proving Ground, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (410) 278-4794
Register
June 20th
PAT Meadowbrook GC
Chesterfield, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (804)-275-7865
Register
July 18th
PAT Old Trail GC
Crozet, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (434) 823-8101
Register
August 1st
PAT Montgomery CC
Gaithersburg, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (240) 912-9515
Register
August 8th
PAT Hobbs Hole GC
Tappahannock, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (804)-443-4500
Register
August 15th
PAT Stoneleigh G & CC
Round Hill, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (540)-338-4653
Register
September 6th
PAT Eaglewood GC
Langley AFB, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (757)-764-4547
Register
September 12th
PAT Clustered Spires GC
Frederick, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (301) 600-1295
Register
October 11th
PAT Ocean Pines GC
Ocean Pines, MD
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (410) 641-6057
Register
October 17th
PAT Sleepy Hole GC
Suffolk, VA
Registration Fee: $120
Onsite Fee: $60
(includes greens fee, range, golf cart, and lunch)
Site Phone Number: (757)-538-4100
Register

Click here to learn more about the Playing Ability Test.
Click here to view PAT Policies and Procedures.

Become A Member

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PGA Professional Golf Management Program
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The PGA Golf Management University Program
The PGA Golf Management University Program, accredited by The Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA), is a college degree program designed to attract and educate bright, highly motivated men and women to service all aspects of the industry and produce PGA Members.

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