Trans-Miss Amateur is cancelled for 2020
Windsong Farm Golf Club (Trans-Miss photo)
Windsong Farm Golf Club (Trans-Miss photo)

After previously cancelling their Senior and Mid-Master championship scheduled for May in California, the Trans-Mississippi Golf Association announced today that the 2020 Trans-Mississippi Amateur would also be removed from the calendar. The tournament was scheduled to be played July 6-10 at Windsong Farm Golf Club near Minneapolis.

The news comes just two days after the the USGA announced that the men's and women's U.S. Mid-Amateur and Senior Amateur championships would be cancelled, leaving just four 2020 tournaments on the USGA calendar this year.

The decision by the Trans-Miss Golf Association is certainly not a surprise given the state of our world right now. But for the mostly collegiate field looking to up their status in the WAGR rankings (and just to get out and compete after a shortened college season) the news will come as a big blow.

This year's Trans-Miss was slated to be the 117th playing, making it one of the oldest tournaments in the United States. Past champions include Jack Nicklaus, and more recently Bryson Dechambeau.

“The Trans-Mississippi Board of Directors and leadership at Windsong Farm Golf Club are truly disappointed about not being about to host the Championship, but the safety of the players, volunteers and staff was the driving factor in the decision," said Trans-Miss President Robert McDonald III in an official release. "What we know today will certainly be different tomorrow and what things look like in July is any one’s guess”

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The Trans-Mississippi Golf Association has conducted the Championship since 1901 and has provided a national stage for players across the country to showcase their skills on some of the finest clubs across the country.

“The ability to conduct an event in a manner that meets the highest standards of player experience was one that we just felt would be hard to do considering what could be restrictive beyond just the golf,” said TMGA Executive Director Rob Addington.

“Windsong Farm Golf Club is a wonderful test of golf and will be a truly special place to conduct the event," continued Addington. "The TMGA will work with the club to bring the Championship back to Windsong Farm Golf Club and the great state of Minnesota.”

With the cancellation of their second of three events, the Trans-Miss Golf Association still has one left on the calendar -- The Trans-Miss Four Ball. This year's event will be played at the Club at Olde Stone, in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

ABOUT THE Trans-Miss Championship

The Trans-Miss is one of the oldest and most storied golf tournaments in the United States. For 106 years the championship was played in a match play format. Past champions include Jack Nicklaus (1958 and 1959), Charles Coe (1947, 1949, 1952 and 1956), Deane Beman (1960), George Archer (1963), Ben Crenshaw (1972), Gary Koch (1973), Bob Tway (1978), Mark Brooks (1978) and other professional tour notables. In 1987 the championship was changed to a mid- amateur age requirement, and a senior division was also added. Starting in 2010, the Trans- Mississippi Championship, returned to its roots as an open amateur tournament, and immediately established itself as a "must-play" among top collegiate and mid-am players, while changing to a 72-hole stroke play format. The field size starts at 144 players from Trans- Mississippi Golf Association member clubs (or players receiving a special invitation from the Championship Committee). After 36 holes, a cut is made to the low 54 and ties who play the final two rounds.

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