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Overview | Officers and Directors | History | Past Directors | Board of Directors’ Strategies | Courses Played

Overview

The Michiana Senior Golf Association (MSGA) began existence in 1999, the result of many conversations by Bob Brady, John Pavlos and many others about creating an organization dedicated to the promotion of golf for amateur senior players who reside in the Michiana (Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan) area.

The MSGA is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the best interests of golf for senior players and to encourage friendly competition and sportsmanship for its members.

The organization is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of seven members who serve three-year terms.

Each year, the MSGA schedules approximately ten to twelve tournaments to promote good fellowship among the membership through participation in the golf tournaments and concurrent social events.  The tournaments are known as the Michiana Senior Tour.

Board of Directors meeting
Board of Directors meeting

Michiana Senior Tour events are played at both private and public courses throughout the Michiana area.  The general format is Individual Medal play within flights (determined by handicap), except the MSGA Championship which is a Two-man Two-Day Match Play event played in August each year. 

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Officers and Directors

President Walt Ailes - Valparaiso, IN 219-462-0663 E-Mail
1st Vice President Taylor Seward - Warsaw, IN 574-453-0003 E-Mail
2nd Vice President Kent Kaeppler - South Bend, IN 574-232-8801 E-Mail
Secretary-Treasurer Bruce Fisher - LaPorte, IN 219-363-7466 E-Mail
Director & Handicap Chairman Bob McFadden - Michigan City, IN 219-879-5581 E-Mail
Director Abe Ismail - Osceola, IN 574-612-4972 E-Mail
Director Bruce Ruge - Valparaiso, IN 219-405-1834 E-Mail
Director Tim Holmes - Valparaiso, IN 219-241-7599 E-Mail
Director Emeritus Bob Brady - Red Lion, PA 219-872-6895 E-Mail
Director of Golf Bill Murray - LaPorte, IN 219-393-8648 E-Mail
Administrative Assistant Michelle Murray - LaPorte, IN 219-324-0485 E-Mail

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History

The concept of the Michiana Senior Golf Association (MSGA) was born in the spring of 1998 when Bob Brady received his 1998 schedule from the Indiana State Seniors Golf Association (ISSGA).  Bob, a member of the ISSGA for many years, noted that again there were few tournaments to be played in Northern Indiana.   This issue, along with the fact that the ISSGA had a long waiting list for membership, had been a topic of discussion among Bob and his friends for many years. 

It was under these circumstances that he began to think seriously about creating a similar organization whose territory would include Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan.  The area was noted for many high quality private, resort and public golf courses, a requirement to attract the type of membership required to launch a successful organization.

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With the help of John Pavlos, plans were made to launch the organization for the 1999 season.  Five additional Board members were recruited to make up the first Board of Directors.  They were Ed Kuehl, Dick Trout, Joe Deming, Richard Gosswiller and Chris Condes.  John Pavlos was elected President and Bob Brady Secretary-Treasurer and Director of Golf.  

Seven tournaments were held in 1999 with the inaugural event at Bent Oak G.C. in Elkhart, IN.  Through word of mouth and the efforts of the Board members, membership grew to 125 by the end of the season.

In 2000, the schedule was increased to eight events, and in 2001, a Pro-Am event was added to the schedule for a total of nine events.  A computer was purchased to increase the efficiency and accuracy of the scoring at each event.

In 2002, the MSGA website was first setup to communicate with the membership and visitors, and in 2003, the MSGA engaged an outside handicap service, Handicomp, Inc. to provide USGA recognized handicaps for members who are not affiliated with a golf club.  For 2003, the schedule included nine events, but the Pro-Am event was replaced with a Two-Man, Two-Day Best Ball Match Play Championship played in August each year.

At the beginning of 2008, the Board appointed Bill Murray as the new Director of Golf.  Bill is a retired PGA Professional and brought significant experience to the organization in setting up and managing MSGA events.  Bob Brady continued in the capacity of Secretary-Treasurer.  For 2008, an additional event was added to bring the total to ten.  After the season, the Board engaged Catalyst Marketing Innovations, LLC to redesign and host the website.

Prior to the 2009 season, John Pavlos, co-founder of the MSGA died unexpectedly.  The Board honored his memory by naming the first event each year, the John Pavlos Memorial Classic and naming the permanent MSGA Championship trophy, the John Pavlos Memorial trophy.

For the 2009 season, the Board established the Brady Cup to provide a year-long competition similar to the “Charles Schwab Cup” on the PGA Champions tour.  Points are awarded for participation, awards won and recruiting new MSGA members.

Prior to the 2012 season, Bruce Fisher was appointed to the position of Secretary-Treasurer replacing Bob Brady who retired as Secretary-Treasurer, but remained a Director.

Beginning with the 2014 season, an additional flight was added for higher handicap players who play from the forward tees at all Individual Medal Play events.  Any member whose age plus handicap equals 95 may choose to play in this flight.

At the end of 2014, Bob Brady retired from the Board after sixteen years of service.  His vision and leadership will be greatly missed.  Bob was honored by being appointed Director Emeritus.

In the years that the MSGA has existed, membership has grown from 125 in 1999 to a high of 210 in 2005.  Membership stood at 174 at the end of the 2016 season, down five from the previous year.  Over the MSGA’s years of existence, 714 different players have been members of the organization. 

Although membership is below the all-time high of 210, the average participation for Individual Medal Play events was 101 for 2016, up from the 2015 level of 94.  The average participation has been more than 100 in five of the last six years.

To review Tournament Participation for 2016 and Prior Years, click here.

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Past Directors

Bob Brady * 1999-2014
John Pavlos * 1999-2008
* Co-Founders
Richard Gosswiller 1999
Chris Condes 1999-2000
Ed Kuehl 1999-2001
Joe Deming 1999-2001
Dick Trout 1999-2003
Mike Montgomery 2000-2001
Dan Hallowell 2000-2002
Fred Lands 2001
Herb Douglas 2001-2003
Frank Kowal 2002-2007
Frank Vite 2002-2003
Seth Moseley 2002-2004
Mike Gilpin 2003-2014
Bill Tidmore 2004-2005
Dave Zimmerman 2006
Rob Hocevar 2008-2010
Larry Jackson 2009-2014
Ray Nutty 2015
Don Giedemann 2005-2016
Past Directors Past Directors
Past Directors Past Directors

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Board of Directors’ Strategies

The Michiana Senior Golf Association is an organization dedicated to providing competitive golf tournaments for its membership.  Members are amateur senior players (age 50+) interested in playing the game of golf and generally reside in the Michiana area (Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan).

The Board of Directors’ primary function is to provide the best opportunity for its members to play and enjoy the game of golf in settings conducive to good fellowship and sportsmanship.

Over the MSGA’s years of existence, the Board of Directors has developed strategies to allow the organization to grow and prosper.  Those strategies include, but are not limited to the following:

 Taylor Seward, Mike Gilpin and Kent Kaeppler reviewing this year’s schedule
Taylor Seward, Mike Gilpin and Kent Kaeppler reviewing this year’s schedule
  • Provide a competitive format for each tournament by dividing players into flights determined by handicap index so all players are competing against similarly skilled players.
  • Provide a flight for higher handicap players to play from the forward tees to enhance their overall golfing experience.  Players whose age plus handicap equal 95 are eligible to play in the flight, if they so choose for the year.
  • Tournament prizes are awarded for overall low gross and overall low net, and low gross, low net and skins by flight and closest-to-the-pin and hole-in-one contests for all players.
  • For Individual Medal Play tournaments, awards are limited to one per player to allow for additional winners.
  • Schedule tournaments at both private and public courses throughout the Michiana area.
  • Generally play at one or two courses new to the MSGA each year.
  • Play tournaments within approximately one and one-half hour driving distance of Michigan City, Indiana.
  • Schedule approximately ten events per year including a Two-man, Two-day Best Ball Match Play event known as the MSGA Championship.
  • Generally do not play tournaments at courses in consecutive years, except for the MSGA Championship.
  • Schedule approximately two events per month from May thru September.
  • Schedule Member/Guest events to allow potential members to get to know the MSGA and experience the competition and fellowship.
  • Limit the number of players for each event to 128 to minimize slow play.
  • Subsidize the higher cost of some private club events by adjusting the cost of other lower cost events.  Provide the best overall value for the overall cost.
  • Schedule some events with lunch only and others with dinners after completion of play to match the varied preferences of the membership.
  • Provide an outside handicap system for members who do not have a USGA approved handicap from a golf or country club.
  • Honor the co-founders of the organization, Bob Brady and John Pavlos by naming the year-long competition the Brady Cup and the last event as the Brady Challenge and naming the first event each year the John Pavlos Memorial Classic and the MSGA Championship trophy, the John Pavlos Memorial trophy.

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Courses Played

Course City/State Events Played Last Year 2017
Aberdeen, The Course at Valparaiso, IN 5 2010  
Angels Crossing GC Vicksburg, MI 1 2008  
Beeches GC South Haven, MI 2 2013  
Bent Oak GC Elkhart, IN 3 2015  
Blackthorn GC South Bend, IN 6 2016  
Brassie GC Chesterton, IN 2 2004  
Briar Leaf GC LaPorte, IN 5 2010  
Briar Ridge CC Schererville, IN 1 2015  
Chesapeake Run GC North Judson, IN 3 2009 X
Christiana Creek CC Elkhart, IN 3 2007  
Elbel GC South Bend, IN 1 2005  
Lakes of the Four Seasons CC Crown Point, IN     X
Hampshire CC Dowagiac, MI 2 2001  
Hawkshead Links GC South Haven, MI 3 2009  
Heritage Glen GC Paw Paw, MI 2 2011  
Innsbrook CC Merrillville, IN 6 2016  
Island Hills GC Centreville, MI 2 2015 X
Juday Creek GC Granger, IN 3 2006  
Klinger Lake CC Sturgis, MI 3 2016  
Knollwood CC Granger, IN 6 2015 X
Lake Michigan Hills GC Benton Harbor, MI 1 2000  
Long Beach CC Michigan City, IN 3 2012  
Lost Marsh GC Hammond, IN 1 2004  
Maplecrest CC Goshen, IN 5 2016  
McCormick Creek GC Nappanee, IN 2 2010  
Meadow Valley GC (formerly Spring Meadow Farm) Middlebury, IN 5 2015  
Morris Park CC South Bend, IN 8 2016  
Mystic Hills GC Culver, IN 6 2016  
Oaks GC, The (closed) St. Joseph, MI 1 2000  
Orchard Hills CC Buchanan, MI 1 2014  
Pheasant Valley CC Crown Point, IN 1 2004  
Plymouth CC Plymouth, IN 13 2014  
Pottawattomie CC Michigan City, IN 3 2015 X
River Pointe CC (formerly Supervisors Club) Hobart, IN 2 2003  
Rock Hollow GC Peru, IN 1 2016  
Rozella Ford GC Warsaw, IN 3 2014  
Sand Creek CC Chesterton, IN 4 2016  
Sandy Pines GC DeMotte, IN 5 2014  
South Bend CC South Bend, IN 3 2013 X
Stonehenge Golf & CC Winona Lake, IN 1 2012  
Swan Lake Resort GC Plymouth, IN 7 2016 X
Tippecanoe CC Monticello, IN 2 2012  
Tippecanoe Lake CC Leesburg, IN 6 2015 X
Turkey Creek GC Merrillville, IN 1 2007  
Valparaiso CC Valparaiso, IN 7 2013 X
Warren Course at Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 6 2016  
White Hawk CC Crown Point, IN 4 2015  
Whittaker Woods GC New Buffalo, MI 5 2015 X
Woodmar CC (closed) Hammond, IN 1 2000  
Youche CC Crown Point, IN 4 2014  
Courses Played - 49 Events Played 171 2017 10

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