High School Sports


PGA sends letter to MHSA requesting spectator rule change

Posted at 12:25 PM, Jun 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-20 18:37:54-04

BOISE, Idaho – The Rocky Mountain PGA released a power statement on Wednesday afternoon requesting the Montana High School Association change the spectator golf rule that prohibits spectators from being allowed on the course during high school invitationals.

The Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA is responsible for golf in states like Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Wyoming and Montana, as well as Ontario, Canada. Also endorsing the change in the letter is the Pacific Northwest PGA chapter, which holds jurisdiction in Washington, Montana and Oregon.

The MHSA and the PGA pros in Montana must work together to put on high school-sanctioned golf tournaments.

However, that hasn’t been the case. In a survey conducted by the MHSA at the beginning of the year, 75 percent of MHSA member schools voted to keep the rule. In the same survey sent to all PGA pros in Montana, 31 of 34 responded in favor of opening up the entire course to spectators.

In a story done by MTN Sports in February, some PGA pros feel they aren’t being taken seriously enough by the MHSA member schools.

Now the PGA in the Northwest is fighting back and even proposed their own spectator golf rule. To learn more about the rule change proposal and to read the entire statement by the Rocky Mountain PGA Section, please click the link below.