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The 2023 season ended on September 11th with the final tournament at Morris Park C. C. in South Bend, IN.

It was not a good day for golf.  Rained or drizzled all morning, but the weather report indicated a 3 to 4-hour break in early afternoon.  Play started in a light drizzle that ended soon and held off until after play was completed.   Ninety-seven players entered the event but only 87 finished playing in six flights. 

The final tournament turned out to be a nice ending to the season.  For the season, all events were completed with pleasant weather except Morris Park. 

Morris Park C. C. is a premier golf course and was a great choice for the final tournament.   The golf and banquet staff did a great job for the MSGA as always including an excellent dinner. 

The final tournament is a popular event that includes door prizes, lunch, dinner, extra awards, and raffles.  MSGA 2023 Championship winners, Fred Hillis and Kevin Shidler were acknowledged although Kevin was unable to attend.  Their names will be engraved on the permanent John Pavlos Memorial Trophy as 2023 MSGA Champions and each will receive an engraved replica of the permanent trophy.  John Pavlos along with Bob Brady were co-founders of the MSGA.

In the season long Brady Cup competition, Fred Hillis finished first followed by Larry Hackett and Roy Andrysiak.  Fred will receive an engraved replica of the permanent Brady Cup trophy and have his name added to the permanent trophy. 

At the Annual Membership Meeting, Bruce Ruge, Abe Ismail and Kevin Shidler were re-elected to the Board of Directors for 3-year terms and Mike Hoffman was elected for a 2-year term.  All have made important contributions while serving on the Board.

The 2024 Season will be the twenty-sixth for the MSGA.  Over the previous twenty-five years, the MSGA has played 231 tournaments on 53 different golf courses throughout the Michiana area. 

Tournament entries for 2023 averaged 85 for the individual tournaments vs. 100 for 2022.

The current membership stands at 130, down from 168 last year.  Although membership was down, the average entries were 65% of membership in 2023 as compared to 60% in 2022.  Over the years, 896 players have held membership in the MSGA. 

The Board of Directors has revised the 2024 tournament schedule, which is shown below.  We hope that current members will re-up for 2024 and invite their golfing friends to join.  The Board is excited about the 2024 season that has a mixture of private and public courses including the final event at Elcona C. C.  The Two-Day MSGA Championship will be played on Tuesday and Wednesday August 13 and 14.

Membership renewal information for the 2024 season will be sent out in February for the 2024 season.  Membership renewals will again be online with annual dues payments and MSGA/BlueGolf handicap fees paid via credit cards.  Members will be notified when renewals open and also when tournament registrations open later. 

Tournament registrations will begin in March/April with a $10 deposit paid at time of registration for each event entered and will not be refunded even though a player may later cancel.  The balance of the tournament fee will be charged two days before the tournament date when the MSGA commits to a player count for lunches and carts.  The MSGA pays courses for the committed player count, so no-shows will be charged the full tournament fee.  To avoid being charged for the balance of the tournament fee, a player must cancel 48 hours prior to the tournament start time. 

The Board wants to thank all the members who participated in this year’s tournaments.  We look forward to another fun year in 2024.

2024 Tournament Schedule (Revised)

May 8


Legacy Hills G. C., LaPorte IN (Guest Day)

May 20


Lakes of Four Seasons C. C., Crown Point IN

June 5


Pretty Lake G. C., Plymouth IN (Guest Day)

June 19


Sandy Pines G. C., DeMotte IN

July 1


Blackthorn G. C., South Bend IN

July 15


Tippecanoe C. C., Monticello IN

July 29


White Hawk C. C., Crown Point IN

August 13-14


Swan Lake Golf Resort, Plymouth IN
(MSGA Championship)

August 26


Warren Course at N.D., South Bend IN

September 16


Elcona C. C., Bristol IN (Final Event)

Next Tournament: Opening Day - May 8, 2024
Legacy Hills G. C., Laporte IN

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 and your golfing friends.

Tournaments are flighted by handicap, so players are competing against similarly skilled players.  For the 2024 season, the MSGA will play from three different tees to fit member preferences.  Front tees (Green markers) are played at approximately 5100 yards, Middle tees (Blue markers) are approximately 5600 yards and Back Tees (Black markers) are approximately 6100 yards.  To play the Front tees, players must have an Age + Handicap Index number of 85+.

The Blue Golf software system is used for MSGA dues payments, event registrations/payments and online scoring including automatically posting for handicap purposes.   Ratings and Slopes are adjusted for changes from the course scorecards per USGA guidelines.

Tournament Entry Fees include Golf with cart, lunch, use of practice facilities and Awards including Skin games.  Awards are presented for flight low gross and multiple low net winners and Skins by flight based on the number of entries. 

Click on the links above to see more information about the MSGA.

If you have any questions or need more information about the MSGA, please contact Tom Spartz (219-363-2534) or any of the Board of Directors.

Walt Ailes, President (219-462-0663).

2024 Information:

The 2024 season is the 26th year for the MSGA and includes ten tournaments played from May thru September.  Of the 2024 tournaments, five will be played at private country clubs and five at public golf courses throughout the Michiana area.

The season opens at Legacy Hills G. C. in LaPorte, IN on May 8th and closes at Elcona C. C. in Bristol, IN on September 16th. 

The MSGA Championship will be played at Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth, IN on Tuesday and Wednesday August 13th, and 14th.

There are no new courses for 2024, but we are returning to several challenging courses including Lakes of Four Seasons, Sandy Pines, Tippecanoe in Monticello and Elcona in Bristol.    After playing ten events in 2024, the total number of tournaments played in the 26-year history of the MSGA will be 251 on 53 different golf courses.

The Board of Directors looks forward to another great year in 2024.

Welcome New Members for 2024Season!

Barry Rippe Knox IN
Dan Lowry Kewanna IN
Kyle Elliott Culver IN
J B Overmyer Culver IN

Welcome Returning Members!


2023 Champions Kevin Shidler & Fred Hillis (L) with Runnersup Dick Weiss & Bob Henrikson (R) & Swan Lake Golf Pro Ryan Steele (C)

2022 Brady Cup Winner Bob Henrikson

Chad Hutsell (C) with 2022 Champions Tom Smith & Ed Meyer (L) & Runners-up Andy Dosmann & Mike Hoffman (R)

Chuck Zimmerman receiving congratulations from Michelle and Bill Murray on his Hole-in-One recorded on Hole #17 at South Bend C. C. on 09-14-21.

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

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