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Next Tournament - Opening Day - May, 2017!


Member Notes: Thanks for a great 2016 season!

The 2016 season ended on September 19th with the final tournament held at Morris Park C. C. in South Bend, Indiana. It was a perfect late summer day for golf with temperatures in the low 80’s, plenty of sunshine, some gentle breezes and a wonderful golf course in beautiful shape.

The final tournament event includes lunch, dinner, extra awards and door prizes for everyone. Morris Park, as always, proved to be a great choice for the final tournament. The golf and banquet staffs did a terrific job for the tournament and the awards dinner.

Individual trophies were presented to John Spensley and John’s guest Mike Sandridge as the MSGA Championship winning team for 2016. Both received replica trophies signifying their success and will have their names added to the permanent John Pavlos Memorial trophy.

Bill Gustin won the season long Brady Cup award presented to the player who accumulates the most points earned thru tournament participation, winnings and recruitment of new members and was presented a replica of the Robert Brady permanent trophy which will have Bill’s name added to the list of past winners. John Spensley and Bob Henrikson finished second and third respectively.

At the Annual Meeting of the membership, Taylor Seward and Walt Ailes were reelected to the Board of Directors for two year terms, Kent Kaeppler was reelected for a one year term and Tim Holmes was elected to a three year term. Tim is replacing Don Giedemann who is retiring after serving on the Board since 2004. The Board thanks Don for his long time service and welcomes Tim to the Board.

The Board of Directors has completed the 2017 tournament schedule, which is listed below. We are excited about the excellent courses on the schedule and look forward to a great season in 2017. The schedule includes nine individual medal events and the MSGA Team Championship tournament.

The Board wants to thank all the players who participated in this year’s tournaments and made this year another very successful year. We ended 2016 with 174 members, down from 179 players at the end of both 2015 and 2014. Be sure to invite your friends to join the MSGA for the 2017 season.

Tournament participation was up from an average of 94 players per individual event in 2015 to 101 for 2016. In total, members played 938 rounds in the 2016 tournaments. Nine players played in all ten events, including 2016 rookie Max Borden.

We look forward to another great year in 2017!!

2017 Tournament Schedule *
May 15 Pottawattomie CC, Michigan City IN (opening day)
May 31 Whittaker Woods GC, New Buffalo MI (guest day)
June 12 Valparaiso CC, Valparaiso IN
June 26 Island Hills GC, Centreville MI (guest day)
July 10 Tippecanoe Lake CC, Leesburg IN
July 24 Chesapeake Run GC, North Judson IN
August 7 Four Seasons CC, Crown Point IN (first time course)
August 21-22 Swan Lake Golf Resort, Plymouth IN (MSGA Team Championship)
September 6 Knollwood CC (East), Granger IN
September 18 South Bend CC, South Bend IN (final event)
*(Additional tournament details will be posted later)

Next tournament:  Opening day:  Pottawattomie CC, May 15, 2017

Visitors and Guests:

Welcome to the website of the Michiana Seniors Golf Association (MSGA). The organization is made up of amateur senior players (age 50+) who love and enjoy the game of golf and a little competition and fellowship on some great golf courses. The Michiana area includes Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan.

If you are a senior amateur player who enjoys playing golf on some of Michiana’s premium golf courses, the MSGA is the organization for you.

All tournaments are flighted by handicap so players are playing against similarly skilled players. An additional flight is available, if players choose, for players whose age plus handicap index equals 95. The flight plays from the forward tees.  Click on the tabs above to learn more about the MSGA.

If you have any questions or need more information about the MSGA, please contact Bruce Fisher (219-363-7466) or any of the Board of Directors.

Walt Ailes, President (219-462-0663)

2017 Information:

The 2017 season is the 19th year for the MSGA and includes ten tournaments played from May thru September. Of the 2017 tournaments, six will be played at private country clubs and four at public golf courses throughout the Michiana area. The season opens at Pottawattomie C. C. in Michigan City, IN on May 15th and closes at South Bend C. C. on September 18th.

In between, there are guest days at Whittaker Woods G. C. in New Buffalo, MI and Island Hills G. C in Centreville, MI and the MSGA Championship at Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth IN.

There is one course that the MSGA has not played in the past. That tournament will be played at Lakes of the Four Seasons C. C. in Crown Point, IN on August 7th.

The Board of Directors is looking forward to another great year in 2017.

2016 MSGA Championship
Champions
John Spensley & Mike Sandridge
Runners-up
Peter MacEntee & Abe Ismail


Bill Murray (center) congratulating 2016 Championship Winners (left) Mike Sandridge and John Spensley and Runners-up (right) Peter MacEntee and Abe Ismail
Bill Murray (center) congratulating 2016 Championship Winners (left) Mike Sandridge and John Spensley and Runners-up (right) Peter MacEntee and Abe Ismail


Welcome New Members for 2016 Season!

Lee Hope Granger IN
Mike Balunda Valparaiso IN
Wally Trzop South Bend IN
Dave Utterback Michigan City IN
Gary Burian LaPorte IN
Jerry Bishop LaPorte IN
Peter MacEntee Three Oaks MI
Jim Black Valparaiso IN
Max Borden Rochester IN
Dick Briars Kouts IN
Lee Burdorf Elkhart IN
Tom Mackrola Long Beach IN
Terry Brownell Valparaiso IN
John Smith Long Beach IN
Mike McCreight Munster IN
Don Coddens South Bend IN
Rich Emery South Bend IN
Tony Gensel Hammond IN
Robert Woolever Wanatah IN
Ted Chittum Bourbon IN
John Spensley Culver IN

Welcome Returning Members!

Bill Diedrich South Bend IN
Tom Thorley Valparaiso IN
John Farron Granger IN
Danny Koontz South Bend IN
Neil Carlson South Bend IN
Mike Shikany Michigan City IN
Robert Feldman Buchanan MI

Bob Brady (left) receiving Recognition Award for his 16 years of Dedicated Service and Leadership to the MSGA
Bob Brady (left) receiving Recognition Award for his 16 years of Dedicated Service and Leadership to the MSGA

Bob Brady (right) presenting Ed O’Conor with the first place award for the 2015 Brady Cup competition
Bob Brady (right) presenting Ed O’Conor with the first place award for the 2015 Brady Cup competition

Bill Murray (right) congratulating 2015 Championship Winners (from left) Bob McFadden and Ed O’Conor and Runners-up Jim Pawlik and Bruce Neulieb
Bill Murray (right) congratulating 2015 Championship Winners (from left) Bob McFadden and Ed O’Conor and Runners-up
Jim Pawlik and Bruce Neulieb

Dan DeMartinis (right) receiving congratulations from Bill Murray on his Hole-in-One at Sandy Pines on July 9, 2014 (Last MSGA tournament Hole-in-One)
Dan DeMartinis (right) receiving congratulations from Bill Murray on his Hole-in-One at Sandy Pines on July 9, 2014 (Last MSGA tournament Hole-in-One)


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