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History

Each year the MSGA holds a Championship Tournament.  The Championship in the current format was first held during the 2003 season.  The event is a Two-Man, Two-Day Best Ball Match Play Tournament.  

Flight Champions participate in a Shootout to determine the overall champions.  Prior to the 2009 season, John Pavlos, co-founder and long-time president of the MSGA died unexpectedly.  The Board has honored John by naming the championship, the John Pavlos Memorial Championship.

Winners are presented with individual engraved trophies in addition to having their names added to the John Pavlos Memorial Championship trophy which is displayed at each event.

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Players Registering
Players Registering


Format

The tournament format is two-man team best-ball match play within flights. Flight assignments are determined by team handicap. Each flight includes six (6) teams, requiring five (5) nine-hole head-to-head matches over the two-day championship. A Shootout of flight winners determines the overall MSGA Team Championship.

Initial entries are limited to the first thirty (30) teams to create five (5) flights. Should less than thirty teams enter, some flights will be made up of five (5) teams rather than six (6) teams. Should more than thirty teams enter, those additional teams will be placed on a waiting list.  If additional teams enter, another flight will be added after six (6) teams are entered to complete a full six (6) team flight.

Handicaps for a foursome are based off the lowest handicap player in the foursome who is assigned zero (0) handicap strokes for the match. Players receive one-half their regular handicap for both the matches and the shootout. Other players in the foursome are assigned strokes based on the difference of their handicaps and that of the lowest handicap player (strokes are assigned to holes based on the course scorecard).  Official MSGA score cards are prepared with the handicap holes indicated. 

For match play scoring, ten points are awarded for each match.  Each hole winner is awarded one point (half-point each for holes tied), and one point is awarded for winning the match (half-point each for matches tied).  For flights with less than six teams, each team in the flight plays one match against par.

For each flight, the team with the most total points after completion of match play advances to the shootout to determine the overall Championship winners.  Should two teams tie, the head-to-head match shall determine the winner; if the head-to-head match was tied, the winner will be determined by going backward on the scorecard beginning on the last hole played until one team wins a hole; that team will advance to the shootout.  If the teams remain tied, the winner will be determined by a coin flip. Should three or more teams tie, the total points won by each team in the head-to-head matches shall determine the team that advances to the shootout.  Should a tie remain between two teams, the winner shall be determined by the same method as two teams tying.  Second place winners in each flight will be determined in the same manner.

In the shootout, handicaps are again based off the lowest handicap player in the shootout field.  Both players on each team play their own ball for the team’s net best-ball score.  One team is eliminated after each hole.  The highest net best-ball score for the hole is eliminated.  For ties on a hole, a chip-off is used to eliminate one team.  On the first playoff hole, only four (4) teams will advance to the second playoff hole; all others will be eliminated.  If the final two teams tie the final hole, the final playoff hole will be re-played to determine the winner.  Should the teams remain tied, a chip-off will be used to determine the overall champions.  The shootout is managed by the Director of Golf and/or the Course Professional whose rulings will be final.

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Bill Murray & Chad Hutsell with Tournament Instructions
Bill Murray & Chad Hutsell with Tournament Instructions

Bill Murray posting Match Results and Flight Winners
Bill Murray posting Match Results and Flight Winners


Schedule of Play - 2018

DAY

DATE

SITE

CITY/STATE

 

TYPE

       
Mon/Tue Aug 20/21 Swan Lake Resort G. C. Plymouth, IN map MSGA Championship details schedule recap results

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Past Champions

  • 2018 – Gary Drutis and Mark Joseph
  • 2017 - No Overall Champions (Second day of Tournament cancelled)
  • 2016 - John Spensley and Mike Sandridge
  • 2015 - Bob McFadden and Ed O’Conor
  • 2014 - John Becking and Bill Gustin
  • 2013 - Dave Pendergast and Harvey King
  • 2012 - Bill Murray and Rick Ogle
  • 2011 - Don Herakovich and Dave St. Clair
  • 2010 - Bill Murray and Rick Ogle
  • 2009 - Dave Mason and Gil Vayhinger
  • 2008 - Tom Stefaniak and Lou Torres
  • 2007 - Art Bartholomew and Don Giedemann
  • 2006 - Roger Farley and Joe Juday
  • 2005 - Gene Dollberg and Bob Wiltfong
  • 2004 - Bill Cork and Fred Shrock
  • 2003 - Randy Decker and Dave Mason


Director of Golf Bill Murray (L) and Swan Lake Golf Pro Chad Hutsell (R) congratulating 2018 MSGA Champions Mark Joseph and Gary Drutis

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Championship Highlights

2018 MSGA Championship


Randy Kerns chippin
in shootout


Don Rogers teeing off
on final shootout hole


Mark Joseph teeing off
on final shootout hole


Gary Drutis chipping to final shootout hole



Don Rogers & Randy Kerns surveying
Randy's final putt


Gary Drutis lining up the winning putt



Bill Murray & Chad Hutsell congratulating
Runners-Up Don Rogers & Randy Kerns


Championship Finalists Mark Joseph,
Gary Drutis, Don Rogers & Randy Kerns



Bill Murray (L) & Chad Hutsell (R)
congratulating Championship Winners
Mark Joseph & Gary Drutis

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Results

2018 Results | 2017 Results | 2016 Results | 2015 Results | 2014 Results | 2013 Results | 2012 Results
2011 Results
| 2010 Results | 2009 Results | 2008 Results

2018 MSGA Championship Flight Winners


Fred Hillis & Kevin Shidler


Bill Murray & Paul Martindale


Bob Hart & Steve Kahn


Don Rogers & Randy Kerns


Gary Drutis & Mark Joseph


John Graft & Glenn Borden


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2017 MSGA Championship Flight Winners

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

 

Eldon Miller &
Rob Hocevar

Mike Hoffman &
Abe Ismail 

Don Abair &
Bob Dunn

Mike McCreight &
Bob Henrikson

A. B. Webb &
John Graft

Ed O’Conor &
Bob McFadden

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2016 MSGA Championship Flight Winners

Bill Murray & Joe Juday
Bill Murray
& Joe Juday

Don Herakovich & Dave St. Clair
Don Herakovich
& Dave St. Clair

Gary Drutis & Mark Joseph
Gary Drutis
& Mark Joseph

John Spensley & Mike Sandridge
John Spensley
& Mike Sandridge

Peter MacEntee & Abe Ismail
Peter MacEntee
& Abe Ismail


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