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History I Format I Past Champions I Championship Highlights I Results I Schedule of Play

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 format is best-ball match play within flights as determined by handicap.  Players receive one-half their regular handicap for both the matches and the shootout.  Each flight includes six teams, requiring five nine-hole head-to-head matches over the two-day championship. 

Handicaps for a foursome are based off the lowest handicap player in the foursome who is assigned zero (0) shots for the match.  Other players in the foursome are assigned shots based on the difference of their handicaps and that of the lowest handicap player.  Official score cards are prepared with the handicap shots marked with a dot. 

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 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.  Should three teams tie, the total points won by each team in head-to-head matches shall determine the winners who advance to the shootout.  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 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.  If the final two teams tie the final hole, additional playoff holes will be played until one team beats the other.  The overall champions are the last team standing. 

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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


Past Champions

  • 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

Bill Murray (center) congratulating 2016 Championship Winners (left) Mike Sandridge and John Spensley and Runners-up (right) Peter MacEntee and Abe Ismail
Bill Murray (center) congratulating 2016 Championship Winners (left) Mike Sandridge and John Spensley and Runners-up (right) Peter MacEntee and Abe Ismail

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Championship Highlights

Chad Hutsell with instructions for the Shoot-Out
Chad Hutsell with instructions
for the Shoot-Out

Abe Ismail teeing off on final hole
Abe Ismail teeing
off on final hole

John Spensley teeing off on final hole
John Spensley teeing
off on final hole

Peter MacEntee putting on the final hole
Peter MacEntee putting
on the final hole

Mike Sandridge lining up the winning birdie putt
Mike Sandridge lining up the
winning birdie putt

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Results

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

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


Click score sheets to view larger

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Schedule of Play - 2017

DAY

DATE

SITE

CITY/STATE

 

TYPE

       
Mon/Tue Aug 21/22 Swan Lake Resort G. C. Plymouth, IN map MSGA Championship details schedule recap results

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