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Full season of golf scheduled

If summer ever gets here, there will be plenty to do on the local links this season.

As has been the case for more than a decade, the Brainerd Lakes area will be packed with MGA events, golfing fundraisers, mixers, golf groups and leagues.

There is something for all levels of golf from competitive challenges to a fun, two-hour getaway from the world.

There are women’s leagues, men’s leagues, senior leagues, couples leagues, co-ed leagues, interclub leagues, scrambles, fishing and golf events, par 3 tournaments and night golf.

One of the biggest events this season will be happening May 30-31 at The Classic at Madden’s.

The United States Golf Association is coming to town with its Public Links Sectional Qualifying. This is one of two qualifiers in Minnesota for the USGA Amateur Public Links Championship. The event is open to amateur golfers with a handicap index of 4.4 or less who play at public golf courses only. For more information about entering visit

“The course is good to go for this event, but we’re hoping to take on a couple of bigger USGA events so we might lengthening a couple of the holes,” said Madden’s PGA professional Glenn Hagberg. “As far as for this regional event, the USGA loved the course. The Minnesota Golf Association was pushing hard to do this at the Classic, too. Everyone is fully supportive of using this facility.

“It’s going to be fun to see how the course holds up against the best players in the state.”

Other major state events include the 33rd MGA Players’ Championship June 20-22 at Deacon’s Lodge

This is the second time the event has been held in the lakes area. David Morgan won the 2002 title at Cragun’s Legacy Courses.

The MGA Amateur Net Team Championship will be Sept. 6-7 at The Preserve and Pines at Grand View Lodge and the MGA Team Championship will be Sept. 19-20 at Golden Eagle.

Below is a list of some of the leagues and tournaments scheduled for the upcoming season.

If your league or tournament isn’t included call or email me.


Birch Bay

Birch Bay Golf Course and Resort will be offering women’s groups Monday nights and Wednesday mornings.

A senior men’s group will play Thursday mornings and a couples night could be in the works for Sunday nights.

Breezy Point Resort

The Men’s Twilight league will once again be held Thursday nights with the women’s league held Thursday mornings.

Cragun’s Legacy

The increasingly popular Tuesday night women’s league will be back again this year. Tim Johnson will once again run the program.

The men’s Thursday night league, along with the Sunday night couples league, is also back.

The junior program will begin in June and July and will be held Wednesday mornings.


There’s a couples league on Sunday, junior league on Monday, women’s league on Wednesday and men’s league Thursday mornings. On Thursday afternoon, is another women’s league.

Yet another event is the Wednesday afternoon mixed scrambles.

Eagles Landing

Monday nights continue to be scramble night at Eagles Landing Golf Club. The event is open to the public.

Emily Greens

Emily Greens has three different women’s leagues and five different men’s leagues to choose from depending on time and date. There is also a couples mixer that takes place two Sundays a month.

Grand View Lodge

The popular women’s outings will be held three Tuesday nights a month at all four GVL courses with the other Tuesday night going to the coed outing.

Those two are nine-hole events. For an 18-hole women’s group check out the Thursday night Chix with Stix group that plays at 2 p.m. Thursdays.

The Interclub League will begin in June.

Golden Eagle

Tuesday night is 9-hole Moonlight Bay golf league, Men’s’ day is Wednesday mornings and Monday evenings is a nine hole women’s group.

Little Falls Country Club

Tuesdays will be women’s league at Little Falls Country Club. Wednesdays belong to men’s league with couples league starting 5 p.m. Thursdays

A senior league (55 and older will play 8:30 a.m. Thursdays.

Madden’s Resort

The resort’s women’s league will begin May 10 with a kickoff opening night at the airport driving range. This group will play 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays on both the Pine Beach East and West Courses.

There will also be a Wednesday night couples league and a Thursday night men’s league on both courses.

Whitefish Golf Club

Whitefish will have a Tuesday men’s league and a Wednesday women’s league open to non-members.



April 29: Dutch’s Duffers Open — Cragun’s Legacy

April 30: Bob Mohr/Commander scramble — Breezy Point Resort


May 13: The Traditional tournament — Breezy Point Resort

May 14-15: Golf Galaxy Golf Tour — Cragun’s Legacy

May 15: Whitefish Bloody Open 3-man scramble — Whitefish Golf Club

May 17: MGA Senior Tour — The Classic

May 22: Spring 3-person scramble — Golden Eagle Golf Club

May 23: MGA Senior Tour — Breezy Point Resort

May 29: 10th Legacy Challenge — Cragun’s Legacy

May 29: 5th Madden’s Parent/child tournament — Madden’s Resort

May 30-31: Fred-Mark tournament — Grand View Lodge

May 30-31: USGA Amateur Public Links Sectional Qualifying — The Classic at Madden’s

May 31: MGA Senior Tour — Grand View Lodge


June 1: MGA Senior Tour — Grand View Lodge

June 4: Little Falls Golf Extravaganza — Little Falls Country Club

June 7: Charlie’s Scramble — Breezy Point Resort

June 11: Red Bull Prostate Cancer tournament — Little Falls Country Club

June 12: Relay for Life — Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

June 13: All Season Match Play Tourney deadline — Grand View Lodge

June 17: ESPN Best Ball Challenge — The Pines at Grand View Lodge

June 19: Jr. Optimist Tri-State District Qualifier — Cragun’s Legacy

June 20-22: 33rd MGA Players’ Championship — Deacon’s Lodge

June 21: ACS Pink Ribbon tournament — Grand View Lodge

June 24: Brainerd Sports Boosters tournament — The Preserve

June 26-27: Grand View Challenge 2-day Pro-Am — Grand View Lodge


July 4-10: Take Your Kids to the Course Week — Cragun’s Legacy

July 5: Charlie’s Scramble — Breezy Point Resort

July 8: U of M Scholarship tournament — Cragun’s Legacy

July 10: Hospice fundraiser — Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

July 12: MGA Senior Tour — The Vintage at Staples

July 12: Cuyuna Chamber — Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

July 15: Full Moon Night Golf scramble — The Garden Course at Grand View Lodge

July 15: Morrison County Chaplaincy tournament — Little Falls Country Club

July 17: Emily Days 9-hole “Go Low” scramble — Emily Greens

July 19: Mid-Minn Builders Association — Whitefish Golf Club

July 21: Mielke Oil tournament — Little Falls Country Club

July 24: Summer 3-person scramble — Golden Eagle Golf Club

July 26: MGA Senior Tour — Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

July 28: Breezy Point Ladies Invitational — Breezy Point Resort

July 30: Minnesota State putting championship — The Pines at Grand View Lodge

July 31: Best Ball Beach Party — Member/Guest tourney — The Pines at Grand View Lodge

July 31-Aug. 1: MGA Associates Day — Golden Eagle


Aug. 1: Little Falls Area Chamber tournament — Little Falls Country Club

Aug. 2: Charlie’s Scramble — Breezy Point Resort

Aug. 4: MREA Burn Center scramble — Breezy Point Resort

Aug. 7: The 7th Battle of the Bars — Emily Greens

Aug. 11: Nisswa Ladies Soiree — The Pines at Grand View Lodge

Aug. 11-12: MN PGA Jr. Tour of Champions — Cragun’s Legacy

Aug. 13: Swanson’s Melanoma Cancer scramble — Breezy Point Resort

Aug. 13: F.A.B. tournament — Little Falls Country Club

Aug. 14: Club Championship — Emily Greens

Aug. 14-15: Fish and Golf Pro-AM — Grand View Lodge

Aug. 20: Day Night Doubleheader — Emily Greens

Aug. 20-21: Club tournament — Little Falls Country Club

Aug. 21: 3rd Emily/Outing Food Shelf scramble — Emily Greens

Aug. 21: Lakes Area Par 3 championship — The Preserve at Grand View Lodge

Aug. 24: Brainerd Lakes Area Chamber — Cragun’s Legacy

Aug. 26: Membership Club Championship — The Pines at Grand View Lodge

Aug. 27: Wolfhound Cup

Aug. 27-29: Legacy Club Championship — Cragun’s Legacy

Aug. 29-30: Minnesota Women’s Senior State Amateur Championship — Whitefish Golf Club


Sept. 6: Charlie’s Scramble — Breezy Point Resort

Sept. 6-7: 19th MGA Amateur Net Team Championship — Grand View Lodge

Sept. 12: Boys and Girls club tournament — Little Falls Country Club

Sept. 18: Aitkin Chamber — Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge

Sept. 19-20: 10th MGA Team Championships — Golden Eagle

Sept. 24: 8th Gary Stiner Ironman Classic — Emily Greens

Sept. 24-25: Greater Whitefish Scramble — Whitefish Golf Club


Oct. 2: Legacy Challenge — Cragun’s Legacy

Oct. 2-3: Great Northern Couples Shootout — Grand View Lodge

Oct. 15-16: Ironman — Grand View Lodge

jeremy millsop, sports writer, may be reached at or at 855-5856.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.