2020 BMGA Wrap Up

Thank you to everyone for making this a successful year! Seven months ago we had to cancel the Spring Meeting and we were concerned we would cancel the season. Everyone did their part, keeping their distance and allowing us to play every week.

Unfortunately we are unable to have a banquet this year, but we are hoping we will be able to turn the 2021 Spring Meeting into more of dinner and award ceremony. There will be a online slide show coming out shortly with a recap of the 2020 season. All trophies will be handed out at the Spring Meeting in 2021.

Great appreciation goes out to the board. This league would not be what it is without the dedication of all 9 board members. A special thank you to both Chuck and Richard. Running Wednesday night and weekend events is a ton of work. Both were run amazingly this year and weekend events had our highest participation in quite a few years!

Finally, BMGA 2021 Board Elections are complete. The three members who will be starting a 3 year term next year are: Erik Swanson, Howard Hoffman and Larry Jocelyn. Tim Lueder will move into the roll of President of the BMGA.

Have a great offseason. Stay healthy and work on your game! See you in the spring!

Beer After Round Adjustments


With the upper deck opening last week, we understand the excitement of getting back to socializing with teammates and having league beer on Wednesday nights. However, the league’s behavior last Wednesday drew some complaints.  Some of us did not go up on the deck last week due to the number of players up there and the lack of distancing, so it is no surprise that complaints were made.  In order to keep that upper deck open, we as a league at a public facility need to do a much better job of abiding by the social distancing guidelines.  It is very important to set a good example and not provide the city or Brookview any reason to second guess their decision to allow us to use the deck, as the city can quickly close the deck based on our behavior.  

Per Ben:

The deck can handle 36 people on it at one time based on current distancing guidelines.  We will step up our signage on the deck.  We have intentionally set out seating for 36 people only.  If there is not a chair available, the deck is full.  No leaning on the railings, etc.  We are also increasing seating on the south side of the restaurant (where scoring is done on some weekends) and on the north side of the restaurant patio.  Additionally, lawn bowling is not scheduled to open for at least the next 2 two weeks and that is a great area to maintain distance and gather, at least for now.  The restaurant staff won’t service these areas but they do allow us to spread out more.  Ideally gathering #’s will increase as we get through this summer, but that has not been approved as of yet. 

Again, please be more aware of your surroundings and be smarter about your behavior.  It is not business as usual.  If you are on the deck tomorrow and see behavior that is questionable, please remind players of their responsibility to abide by the guidelines set by Brookview.

Thank you,

BMGA Board

BMGA Start Date May 13th!

Today the board received the go ahead from Brookview to start play on Wednesday May 13th, week 2 of our schedule. Due to the 1 week delay we will play the week of August 26th which was previously being held as a rain-out date. We are planning to move the week 1 match-ups to August 26th, pending any rainouts during the season and if those are division match-ups.

The changes we mentioned in the previous post will be enacted, with a potential exception on scorecards. We are hoping to find a way to have a stack on 1 and 10 tee for use. Players will still need to send in a photo of the final card to both team captains.

Thank you for your patience as we worked through everything to get our season started as soon as we could, and very large thank you to Brookview staff working with the City of Golden Valley to give us the go ahead!!

Until we hear more from the Gov. there will not be any hanging out after our rounds. (This may change between now and May 13th.) We are waiting to hear if beer /food will be available for us and how that will be handled.

Thank you,

2020 BMGA Board


2020 WNL Members,

While we were unable to be together tonight for the spring social the board got together for a board meeting tonight with Ben Disch, Brookview’s manager, giving us an update on what we are able to do.  The board and Ben agreed the number one goal is to get the league in and started as soon as possible. 

We are planning for a May 6th start date for league play, however it is up to the City of Golden Valley attorney to give Ben the go ahead for leagues to play at Brookview.  Ben is working very hard and pushing to allow all leagues at Brookview to move forward. Captains will be creating schedules with a May 6th start date as week 1 and playing for 16 weeks.  With social distancing in mind and limiting common touch points we have modified league rules:.

1)  There will be no rakes in bunkers, which might create lies that are worse than expected, however we will “Play it as it lies.” Please be courteous to other players and smooth out the sand as best you can with your foot.

2) There will not be scorecards available when we tee off.  Captains will send out scorecards and we will post them on the website to be printed by individuals at home. A player from each group should keep a card for the foursome.  At the end of the round both teams must take a photo of the card and submit their scorecard to their captain.  The captains on both teams will review and submit the scorecard to the league.

3) All nearies, longest putts, and closest to the pin in 2 games will not be used.  Instead the money that was awarded to those games will be paid out to the team with the high point total each week.  The 8 members who played that week will receive $10 each

4) The hole in one prize will be in play this year. The cups are being installed upside down to limit common touch points which can cause a ball to pop out of the hole.  For a Hole in One to be counted it must remain within the cup.  

5) Food sales and beer are still up in the air.  Given our league runs over dinner time, members should plan accordingly.  We may also be limited on staying at the course afterwards to “socialize” even if at a safe distance.  We’ll work with the course to determine safe and appropriate options as more information becomes available.

Many people have asked about the checks they have sent in.  We started to hold off on cashing checks until we knew more.  While we are still in limbo, but planning/ hoping for a May 6th start, we will not cash the remaining checks until we know the league will move forward.  In the event we are unable to play WNL all summer, we will refund all payments. 

We hope everyone is excited for us to get going as a league with these modifications and will play honorably given the conditions we are under and the adjustments we need to make.  Please be checking the website www.BMGA.org frequently or your email to stay updated on the league.  This is the most effective way for us to communicate to 176 players.

Weekend events will also be moving forward, with minor updates to come later this week.

Thank you,

2020 BMGA Board

2020 BMGA Spring Social

Hope everyone is doing well. As Chuck mentioned the draft went well this past Wednesday night. You should hear from your captain by the end of the weekend if you haven’t already. I hope you have all heard the good news that MN golf courses will be allowed to open starting tomorrow. This is great news overall for the league. We will not be having the spring social on Wednesday April 22nd. Instead the board and Brookview will be meeting via Zoom to figure out how we move forward and what will / won’t be allowed. More information will be on the site an in your email inbox next Thursday.

Have a great weekend,

2020 Season Update & Spring Meeting Presentation

Everyone should have received a message welcoming them to the 2020 season along with information on payment.
Late last week we received a call from Ben at Brookview that all facilities will be closed until April 18th which is after the planned date for the captains draft. We will still move forward with the Captains draft on April 15th, via ZOOM. The hope is we will be able to start week 1 as planned but may have restrictions on being able to hang out after our rounds. After the draft, captains will be reaching out to start making schedules. As we hear more from Brookview we will let you know!

Link to PDF


UPDATE:  Golden Valley has closed Brookview through April 2nd.  The Spring Meeting planned for Wednesday March 18th has been delayed and possibly cancelled.  The presentation will be posted this week for all to review.  If you have any questions please email us!

City Of Golden Valley Closing Facilities, Canceling Activities And Events


Dear BMGA Members and hopeful members,

With the recent events around COVID-19 the BMGA board has been in discussion on how to proceed with the 2020 season. Our plan is to hold our spring meeting and all scheduled events as planned. If the City of Golden Valley decides to close Brookview, we will follow suit and cancel any meetings or league play/ tournaments scheduled during that time frame. The spring meeting is not a requirement for anyone to attend, but please be sure to have your application submitted to us by March 18th 2020. (This is required for any returning or new members.)

Our hope, for the well-being of all members and the 2020 season, is that COVID-19 will be under control and activities will go back to normal sooner rather than later. With that in mind, in the event our spring meeting is delayed/cancelled, due to Brookview closing, we will continue to move forward with league planning and filling the membership. The board will continue to work and notify all members via email. After the spring meeting the next event is the Captain’s Draft, which will also be held at Brookview. If Brookview is closed, we will move ahead with the draft via emails among the captains and notify all members of their team assignments prior to our spring social event. (We may decide to limit the Captain’s Draft to only the 16 captains and required board members if Brookview remains open.)

As time gets closer to the start of league play in late April we will continue to make adjustments as needed. Our intent is getting in our entire season, even if we need to start a little late due to circumstances beyond our control.

If at any time you don’t feel well or don’t feel it is safe for you to attend a meeting at Brookview please do not attend! There are no meetings that require your attendance and we are very flexible to communicate via email, and the website, to keep all members informed.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thank you,
Howard Hoffman & Darin Allen
Howard.Hoffman@gmail.com  darintallen@hotmail.com

2020 BMGA Application

Below is a link to the 2020 Application. As in past years, demand is high to get into our league. Please to don’t submit your application until 8am on Feb 3rd. They will not be accepted if they are early. Open spots will be filled based on a first come basis for all new members that are not Golden Valley residents.

Spring Meeting will be on Wed March 18th.
6PM Social Hour
7PM Meeting / Presentation

BMGA 2020 Application