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Michiana Senior Tour - Schedule | Tournament Format | Tournament Cancellation Policy
MSGA Assumption of Risk Statement
| Tips for Speeding Up Play

Michiana Senior Tour –  2017 Schedule

DAY DATE                SITE CITY/STATE TYPE *    
Mon May 15 Pottawattomie C. C. Michigan City, IN Regular (opening day) map details
Wed May 31 Whittaker Woods G. C.  New Buffalo, MI Regular (Member/Guest) map details
Mon June 12 Valparaiso C. C. Valparaiso, IN Regular map details
Mon June 26 Island Hills G. C. Centreville, MI Regular (Member/Guest) map details
Mon July 10 Tippecanoe Lake C. C. Leesburg, IN Regular map details
Mon July 24 Chesapeake Run G. C. North Judson, IN Regular map details
Mon August 7 Lakes of the Four Seasons C. C. Crown Point, IN Regular (first time course) map details
Mon-Tue August 21-22 Swan Lake Resort G. C. Plymouth, IN Match Play Team Championship ** map details
Wed September 6 Knollwood C. C. (East) Granger, IN Regular map details
Mon September 18 South Bend C. C. South Bend, IN Regular (final event) map details

* Regular and Member/Guest events are Individual Medal Play and Skins games within handicap flights
All events (including Championship) include "Hole-in-One" contests
All events (except Championship) include "Closest-to-the-Pin" contests
Normal Start Times for Regular and Member/Guest events is 12:00pm CDT / 1:00pm EDT

** MSGA Championship Tournament is Member/Member or Member/Guest (USGA handicap required for all players)

ENTRY FORM BOOKLETS ARE MAILED UPON RECEIPT OF ANNUAL DUES

SEPARATE CHECKS SHOULD BE USED FOR EACH EVENT

CHECKS SHOULD BE MADE PAYABLE TO: MSGA

ENTRY FORMS FOR SPECIFIC EVENTS SHOULD BE MAILED TO:

MSGA
P. O. BOX 1429
LaPORTE, IN 46352-1429
PHONE: 219-363-7466

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Tournament Format

Individual Medal Play tournaments:

To participate and compete for awards, all players must have an established USGA approved handicap.  For more information on handicaps, see Handicap Central tab above.

The official handicap is known as the player’s Handicap Index (the index is in tenths; for example 10.4 or 19.2, etc.).  By using a player’s Handicap Index and the slope of the course tees being played, a course handicap (for example 12 or 23, etc.) is determined for each player and that course handicap is what the player is assigned for the tournament.  The official MSGA scorecards will include the course handicap assigned to each player.

Tournaments

For each tournament, players are divided into flights based on Handicap Index so all players are playing against other players of similar skill levels.

Individual Medal Play tournaments will normally have five flights (A thru E). 

  • Flight E is reserved for players whose age plus handicap index equals 95 or more.  All eligible players may choose to play in Flight E, but once they choose Flight E, they must continue to play in Flight E for the balance of the year.
  • Approximately 25% of the remaining players entered will be assigned to flights A thru D. 
  • Players with the same Handicap Index will be assigned to the same flight.
  • Players with the same Course Handicap, but different Handicap Index, may be assigned to different flights.
  • Players in Flights A thru D will play from the Regular tees.  Players in Flight E will play from the Forward tees.
  • Players in Flight E will play the par 3’s from the same tees as Flights A thru D and be eligible for closest-to-pin and hole-in-one awards.
  • Players in Flight E will not be eligible for the overall low-net or overall low-gross awards.
  • Players in Flight E will play for Net awards only within Flight E (no low-gross award).
  • Handicaps for Flight E players will be adjusted for the change in the slope for the Forward tees.
  • Hole handicaps for Forward tees will be different from regular tees if different on the course scorecard.  Hole handicaps are used to determine skin awards.
  • If a course does not have a Men’s slope and rating for Forward tees, the MSGA will calculate a slope and rating based on USGA guidelines.  The slope and rating will be given to the player and should be used for handicap posting for the tournament.
  • If the number of players for a tournament is less than 80, the players will be divided into four flights with Flight D players playing from the Forward tees.  Other players will be equally assigned to Flights A thru C.
  • Awards will be based on number of flights and number of players entered.

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

MSGA Championship tournament:

For information on the format of the MSGA Championship, see MSGA Championship tab above.

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Tournament Cancellation Policy

Every effort is made to play all scheduled tournaments. Players should be aware that the weather conditions at the site of the tournament may be significantly different from where the player lives. Contact the tournament site for information.

If the entire tournament is cancelled prior to the scheduled start time, the MSGA will attempt to contact all players as soon as possible after the tournament cancellation is determined. Players who reside the greatest distance from the tournament site will be contacted first.

Generally, cancelled tournaments are not rescheduled because of difficulty in negotiating an acceptable reschedule date with the golf course. Since the MSGA does not deposit entry fees until after the date of the tournament, entry fee checks will be returned as quickly as possible.

Tournament entrants may cancel their participation in any tournament 48 hours prior to the scheduled start time without penalty. Return of entry fees will be made as soon as possible after the tournament.

If an entrant cancels within 48 hours of scheduled start time, the MSGA will attempt to fill the opening with another eligible member. If the MSGA is able to fill the opening, the entry fee will be returned as soon as possible after the tournament. If the MSGA is unable to fill the opening, the entry fee is non-refundable.

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MSGA Assumption of Risk Statement

Each member/golfer assumes all risks and dangers incidental to the game of golf, including but not limited to the risk of bad weather, lightning, being struck by errant golf shots and the risk of being injured by or falling from a golf cart and releases the Michiana Seniors Golf Association (MSGA) and its officers, directors, agents and employees from any and all liabilities resulting from such risks.

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Tips for Speeding Up Play

The MSGA strives to have its’ members complete tournament rounds within 4¼ to 4½ hours.  For groups that are significantly behind the group in front, the Director of Golf will encourage the group to speed up play by playing “ready golf” until they catch up to the group in front.  Should the group continue to lag behind significantly, the Director of Golf may ask the group to skip holes to catch up (players will be given scores which give them net pars for holes skipped).

In order to keep rounds within this goal, the MSGA offers the following suggestions:

  • Keep pace with the group in front of your group at all times.
  • Be ready to hit your shot when it becomes your turn.
  • Do not sit in the cart while your cart partner or other players hit their shots.  Try to determine which club(s) you will use and if practical, walk to your ball and be ready to hit your shot.
  • When returning to your cart, keep your club(s) with you while you drive to the next shot, then put the club(s) in your bag and make the club selection for your next shot.
  • Even though you may not be away, if no other player is ready to hit their shot and you do not interfere with other players, hit your shot.
  • Follow all cart directional signs, but try to park the cart in the direction of the next tee box when reaching the green.  Do not park the cart in front of green.
  • Upon reaching the green, provided it does not interfere with others, try to line up your putt while other players are lining up their putts or while they are putting.
  • The player closest to the hole should remove the flag stick and the first player to hole out should retrieve the flag stick and replace it after putting is complete.  Clear the green area as quickly as possible (No practice putting).
  • When returning to your cart, keep your putter with you until you reach the next tee box, then put the putter in your bag and record the scores. 
  • Hand held or GPS devices (sometimes on carts) may be used for measuring distance only.  Gross scores are to be posted in the normal manner on the MSGA scorecard whether or not a GPS device is used.
  • The simplest way to know if your group is playing at a reasonable pace is to see where the group in front is compared to your group.  If your group is more than one hole behind, your group needs to concentrate on playing “ready golf” until your group catches up.

Speed up play and make golf enjoyable for everyone!

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