The field for the Minnesota PGA Match Play Championship, with the first two rounds held at Chaska Town Course on May 20, 2019, was the largest it’s ever been, with 64 participants signed up. This increase in participants is partly in thanks to a new approach proposed by the Section Tournament Committee.
“We struggled with participation the last couple of years, so we decided to change it up,” Tournament Committee Chair Scott McDonald, PGA said. “Last year we allowed Associates to play, and this year we decided to change the format of the tournament itself.”
This year, the Tournament Committee, with Board approval, took the Minnesota PGA Match Play Championship from a three-day tournament and broke it up into one day for rounds one and two, with the rounds of 16 and eight being played at an agreed time and place between the two competitors. Those rounds can be conducted any time before the deadline of July 1 and August 12, respectively, with the final four contestants meeting at Chaska Town Course in September. Both the semi-final and final rounds will be played that day.
“It’s a lot easier for golf professionals to take off one day instead of three,” McDonald said. “The more participation the better. The purse for this event is also the largest it’s ever been too thanks to our new partnerships.”
You can see the results of Rounds one and two as well as the results as they come in over the summer on the leaderboard.