About MSGA
Tournament Results
MSGA Championship
Brady Cup
Handicap Central
Photo Gallery
Resources & Links
Contact Us
About MSGA

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


The Michiana Senior Golf Association (MSGA) was started in 1999, the result of many conversations between 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 ten 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.

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.

Return to Top

Officers and Directors

Walt Ailes - Valparaiso, IN
Tom Spartz - LaPorte, IN
Director of Golf
Tim Holmes - Valparaiso, IN
1st Vice President & Secretary
Abe Ismail - Osceola, IN
2nd Vice President
Kevin Shidler - Culver, IN
Director & Handicap Chairman
Rich Wallace - South Bend, IN
Director & Schedule Chairman
Mike Kinsey - Valparaiso, IN
Bruce Ruge - Valparaiso, IN
Mike Hoffman - Granger, IN
  Bob Brady - Red Lion, PA
Director Emeritus

Return to Top


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.

About MSGA

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.  Those 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.  This MSGA Championship has continued each year since 2003.

At the beginning of 2008, the Board appointed Bill Murray as the new Director of Golf.  Bill was 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 choose to play from the forward tees at all Individual Medal Play events.  Any member whose age plus handicap index equals 95 could choose to play in the flight.

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

Beginning with the 2020 season, the Board expanded the rules for those players who choose to play from the forward tees by lowering the limitation for age plus handicap index to 85.  This resulted in two flights for players playing the forward tees and three flights for players playing from the regular tees.  Beginning in 2020, the World Handicap System (WHS) began and included handicap systems from around the world including USGA systems at private and public golf courses.  Beginning in 2021, players were required to have a WHS handicap to play in MSGA tournaments.  The handicap system for players not affiliated with a golf course was replaced by the MSGA/Blue Golf system that uses the WHS system so that all scoring conforms to USGA rules.

At the end of 2021, Bill Murray retired as Director of Golf, Michelle Murray as Administrative Assistant and Bruce Fisher as Secretary-Treasurer.  With their passion and hard work for the organization, each made great contributions over the years and will be missed.  The Board appointed Tom Spartz as Director of Golf, Tim Holmes as Secretary and Mike Kinsey as Treasurer for the 2022 season.

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 194 at the end of the 2021 season, up 23 from the COVID depressed 171 for 2020.  Over the MSGA’s years of existence, 860 players have been members of the organization. 

The current membership is below the all-time high of 210, but event participation for 2021 recovered to an average of 105.   The average participation for Individual Medal Play events was up from the depressed level of 93 in 2020.  The average participation has been more than 100 in eight of the past ten years.

To review Tournament participation for the prior 10 years, click here.

Return to Top

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
Kent Kaeppler 2007-2017
Bob McFadden 2015-2021
Taylor Seward 2004-2022
Past Directors Past Directors
Past Directors Past Directors

Return to Top

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:

  • 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 flights for higher handicap players to play from the forward tees to enhance their overall golfing experience.  Players whose age plus handicap index equal 85 are eligible to play in the flights if they so choose for the year.
  • Schedule ten events per year including a Team Two-man, Two-day Best Ball Match Play tournament known as the MSGA Championship.
  • Schedule approximately two events per month from May thru September at private, resort and public courses throughout the Michiana area.
  • Play courses within approximately one and one-half hour driving distance of Michigan City, Indiana.
  • Schedule Member/Guest events to allow potential members to experience the competition and fellowship at MSGA events.
  • Generally, do not play tournaments at the same course in consecutive years, except for the MSGA Championship and play at one or two courses new to the MSGA each year.
  • Provide an outside handicap system for members who do not have a USGA approved handicap from a golf or country club.
  • Subsidize the higher cost of some private club events by adjusting the cost of other lower cost events.  Provide the best overall annual value for the overall cost.
  • Limit the number of players for each event to 120 to minimize slow play.
  • Tournament prizes are awarded for overall low gross and overall low net for flights playing from the regular tees and from the forward tees.  Prizes are awarded for low gross (1), low net (4-6) and net skins for all flights.
  • Separate Closest-to-the-pin prizes are awarded for players playing the regular and forward tees.  The hole-in-one contest is for all flights combined.
  • For Individual Medal Play tournaments, awards are limited to one per player to allow for additional winners.
  • Schedule events with lunch and the final tournament with lunch and dinner after completion of play and before the Annual Meeting and Awards presentations.
  • 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.

Return to Top

Courses Played

Course City/State Events Played Last Year 2023
Aberdeen, The Course at Valparaiso, IN 5 2010  
Angels Crossing GC Vicksburg, MI 1 2008  
Beeches GC South Haven, MI 2 2013  
Beechwood GC LaPorte, IN 3 2022 X
Bent Oak GC Elkhart, IN 3 2015  
Blackthorn GC South Bend, IN 8 2022  
Brassie GC (closed) Chesterton, IN 2 2004  
Briar Leaf GC LaPorte, IN 5 2010  
Briar Ridge CC Schererville, IN 3 2021  
Chesapeake Run GC North Judson, IN 4 2010  
Christiana Creek GC Elkhart, IN 3 2007  
Elbel GC South Bend, IN 1 2005  
Elcona CC Bristol, IN 2 2021  
Hampshire GC Dowagiac, MI 2 2001  
Hawkshead Links GC South Haven, MI 3 2009  
Heritage Glen GC Paw Paw, MI 2 2011  
Innsbrook CC Merrillville, IN 9 2022  
Island Hills GC Centreville, MI 5 2021 X
Juday Creek GC Granger, IN 3 2006  
Klinger Lake CC Sturgis, MI 6 2022 X
Knollwood CC Granger, IN 7 2017  
Lake Michigan Hills GC Benton Harbor, MI 1 2000  
Lakes of the Four Seasons CC Crown Point, IN 2 2021  
Legacy Hills GC LaPorte, IN 2 2022  
Long Beach CC Michigan City, IN 3 2012  
Lost Marsh GC Hammond, IN 1 2004  
Maplecrest CC Goshen, IN 7 2020  
McCormick Creek GC Nappanee, IN 2 2010  
Meadow Valley GC (formerly Spring Meadow Farm) Middlebury, IN 7 2021 X
Morris Park CC South Bend, IN 11 2022 X
Mystic Hills GC (closed) Culver, IN 6 2016  
Oaks GC, The (closed) St. Joseph, MI 1 2000  
Orchard Hills CC Buchanan, MI 3 2020  
Pheasant Valley CC Crown Point, IN 1 2004  
Pottawattomie CC Michigan City, IN 6 2021 X
Pretty Lake GC (formerly Plymouth CC) Plymouth, IN 15 2021 X
River Pointe CC (formerly Supervisors Club) Hobart, IN 2 2003  
Rock Hollow GC Peru, IN 2 2018  
Rozella Ford GC Warsaw, IN 3 2014  
Sand Creek CC Chesterton, IN 6 2021  
Sandy Pines GC DeMotte, IN 6 2022  
South Bend CC South Bend, IN 6 2021  
Stonehenge GC Winona Lake, IN 2 2020  
Swan Lake Resort GC Plymouth, IN 13 2022 X
Tippecanoe CC Monticello, IN 2 2012  
Tippecanoe Lake CC Leesburg, IN 10 2022  
Turkey Creek GC Merrillville, IN 1 2007  
Valparaiso CC Valparaiso, IN 9 2022  
Warren Course at Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 6 2016 X
White Hawk CC Crown Point, IN 4 2015  
Whittaker Woods GC New Buffalo, MI 7 2019 X
Woodmar CC (closed) Hammond, IN 1 2000  
Youche CC Crown Point, IN 4 2014  
Courses Played Events Played 231 2022 10

Return to Top

Some of the links on this page may require Adobe Reader to view them. The Adobe Reader is available for download free of charge, by clicking on the logo. Acrobat Reader

About MSGA | Join MSGA | Tournaments | Tournament Results | MSGA Championship
Brady Cup | Handicap Central | Photo Gallery | Resources & Links | Contact Us | Members
Privacy Statement | Legal Notice | Site Map | Home

Copyright © Michiana Seniors Golf Association
Web Site Design, Hosting & Maintenance By Catalyst Marketing / Worryfree Websites