The Mediocre Golf World Championship Is Where Average Golfers Flourish

July 9, 2015

If you’re not playing for your paycheck on the weekend, there’s a good chance you’re no better than an average golfer.

Or, to put it bluntly, odds are you’re mediocre.

And, boy, do we have a golf tournament for you.

Registration opens soon for the Mediocre Golf Association World Championship, which takes place Nov. 13-14 at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada, just outside Las Vegas.

Yeah, we said November, five months from now. But mediocre golf requires some effort. And some planning. To qualify for the event, you have to be a member in good standing of the Mediocre Golf Association, an organization devoted to exactly what its name suggests. (From now through the end of the year, a basic membership will run you $24.99.)

You also have to have played in at least three local events on the MGA Tour, which are held every month in dozens of cities from March through October in the run-up to the World Championship.

And what, exactly, is the MGA Tour?

Think of it as the PGA Tour, with the first letters swapped out and all those really good golfers exchanged for mediocre ones.

It was founded in San Francisco in 2006 but has since expanded into a global operation with 1,200 members in four countries. Competitions are handicapped. Sort of. Instead of giving strokes to really lousy players, the MGA penalizes what it regards as good players (anyone with an index lower than 18). That reduces the risk of sandbagging and helps ensure that the winner will have turned in a truly so-so performance. Adjusted scores of 80 are the lowest allowed for 18 holes.

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