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Member Notes:
Guest day – Beechwood G. C. – LaPorte, in

May 30, 2018 (Wednesday)

Note:  Normal starting time – (12:00pm CDT – 1:00pm EDT)

The second MSGA tournament of 2018 will be played on Wednesday, May 30th at Beechwood G. C. in LaPorte, IN.  Since it is the first of two Guest Days, you should get your entries in soon.  Invite you friends to join you for a good day on an excellent golf course and introduce them to the MSGA. 

The cut-off date for entries is May 23rd.

Please note the cut-off date.  Your entries need to be received by Bill Murray seven days in advance.  If you mail your entry just before the cut-off date, call or email Bill/Michelle and let them know your entry is in the mail.  This not only helps Michelle prepare all the paperwork, but is required for Bill to give an accurate headcount to reserve the proper number of carts.  In the past, we have had to turn down several players because of late entries and cart issues.

The format is an Individual Medal play event.  Individual prizes and skins within flights will be awarded.  Guests will play in regular flights based on their handicap.  You may sign up as a foursome or as an individual and we will place you with others to form foursomes.  It’s a great way to meet others who also enjoy the game of golf.  Awards will be distributed at the following event.  Your entry fee includes lunch and golf.

If you have any questions, call Bill Murray at 219-393-8648.

This is the first time the MSGA has played at Beechwood.  It is an old course that has be updated with a new watering system and updated facilities for lunch and will be a great venue for our tournament. 

We expect over 100 players including guests.  The field is limited to 120 players.  For guests who join the MSGA on the day of the tournament, the Board will reduce the Annual Dues to $30 for 2018.

For the 2018 season, the MSGA Board is continuing the flight for higher handicap players who play from the Forward Tees rather than from the Regular Tees.  The fifth flight (Flight E) is for the players with handicap indexes plus age totaling 95.  Only Low Net prizes are awarded for Flight E in addition to normal skins awards (no Low Gross award).  The same par three tees are used by all flights, so Flight E players participate in the Closest-to-the-Pin and Hole-in-One contests.

Players are encouraged to continue to play with their regular groups even though some players may be playing from the Forward Tees.

The third event on the schedule is at Orchard Hills C. C.  in Buchanan, MI. on Monday June 11th.  Cut-off for entries is June 4th.  Orchard Hills is the second and final Guest Day for 2018, so if your friends missed the Guest Day at Beechwood, you have a second chance to invite them to a MSGA event.  This is also the second time the MSGA has played Orchard Hills.  It was a popular venue in 2014 when we had 99 players, so we expect a similar turnout.  Members should also review the balance of the 2018 schedule to make sure they get entries in early for their favorite courses.

This year’s 2018 MSGA Championship will again be held at Swan Lake Resort on August 20 & 21st.  It’s never too early to find a partner and get your entry in.  See the MSGA Championship page for details.

If you need a partner or have any questions, call Bill Murray at 219-393-8648.

Following event: Klinger Lake C. C. - Wednesday, June 27th – Cutoff June 20th.

2018 Tournament Schedule

May 16 Maplecrest CC, Goshen IN (opening day)
May 30 Beechwood GC, LaPorte IN (guest day – first time course)
June 11 Orchard Hills CC, Buchanan MI (guest day)
June 27 Klinger CC, Sturgis MI
July 9 Tippecanoe Lake CC, Leesburg IN
July 23 Innsbrook CC, Merrillville IN
August 6 Rock Hollow GC, Peru IN
August 20-21 Swan Lake Golf Resort, Plymouth IN (MSGA Team Championship)
September 5 Meadow Valley GC, Middlebury IN
September 17 Morris Park CC, South Bend IN (final event)

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 links to see more information 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)

2018 Information:

The 2018 season is the 20th year for the MSGA and includes ten tournaments played from May thru September.  Of the 2018 tournaments, six will be played at private country clubs and four at public golf courses throughout the Michiana area.  The season opens at Maplecrest C. C. in Goshen, IN on May 16th and closes at Morris Park C. C. in South Bend on September 17th. 

In between, there are guest days at Beechwood G. C. in LaPorte, IN and Orchard Hills C. C in Buchanan, 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 Beechwood G. C. in LaPorte on May 30th and will be the 50th different course played in the MSGA’s history.  After playing ten events in 2018, the total number of tournaments played in the 20-year history of the MSGA will be 181.

The Board of Directors is looking forward to another great year in 2018.

Welcome New Members for 2018 Season!

Ryan Estes Angola IN
Tom Edwards LaPorte IN
Dan Kaminski LaPorte IN
Dave Heckaman South Bend IN
David Hochstetler Elkhart  IN
Tom Markel Union MI
Butch Markel Rockford MI
Jim Champer South Bend IN
Steve Cramer Cassopolis MI
Dale Cramer Plymouth IN
Dennis Kring Mishawaka IN
Bob Donaldson Schererville IN
Jon Huffman Plymouth IN
Woody Woodiwiss Oseola IN
Craig Juel Valparaiso IN
Chuck Blair Crown Point IN
Kevin Shidler Culver IN
Michael Lyons Crown Point IN
Steven Schwier Granger IN
Britt Murphey Elkhart  IN
Fred Hillis Culver IN
Jay Wilson Middlebury IN
Jeff Hartin Edwardsburg MI

Welcome Returning Members!

Jim Foglesong LaPorte IN
Steve Kahn Michigan City IN
Bob Hart LaPorte IN
Kevin Kolczynski Calumet City IL
Mark Timm Michigan City IN
Louie Slabach Shipshewana IN
Wayne Slabach Wolcottville IN
Phil Collins Lakeside MI
Mike Basney Edwardsburg MI
Jim Wade LaPorte IN
Mike Dexter Crown Point IN

2017 MSGA Championship

The second day of the MSGA Championship Tournament was cancelled because of heavy overnight rains that rendered the course unplayable.
Partial awards were awarded based on the flight results for the first day.
The shootout for overall MSGA Champions was also cancelled, so there were no overall Champions for 2017.


Stu Holaway (right) receiving the 2017 Brady Cup Trophy from Walt Ailes
Stu Holaway (right) receiving the 2017 Brady
Cup Trophy from Walt Ailes

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

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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