E-Mail: secretary@glsga.org

Phone: 616-856-0393

PO Box 728
Jenison MI 49429-0728

The Great Lakes Senior Golf Association, centered in the greater Grand Rapids, MI area, is made up of golfers

age 50 and over. We currently have over 700 members and conduct approximately 60 tournaments each year.

Welcome to the Great Lakes Senior Golf Association

The Falls at Barber Creek was our second tournament featuring individual medal play. A few things were apparent after looking this week's scores. First, the golfers that played this Thursday must be better golfers than those that played on Wednesday. On Wednesday only six golfers managed to post a score below 80. However, on Thursday, a total of thirteen golfers managed scores below 80 highlighted by Ed Miller’s round of 69. Another thing of interest was the results in flight “D.” After a few years of observing many of our high handicappers it became apparent that the handicap limit of 36 was preventing some of those golfers from fairly competing. This year we raised the upper handicap limit to 42. Over two days at the Falls, and one day at North Kent in the regular division, there were a total of eight golfers who played with the higher handicap limit. Three of those moved upward in the prize money list and two managed to win money when they would not have if still playing with a handicap limit of 36. We will continuing monitoring the new upper handicap limit, but so far it seems to be working as we hoped. The complete results from the Falls at Barber Creek are now available.

Always Check the Website for Closed Tournaments

Some of our tournaments fill rapidly. Before sending in an entry form check to make sure your desired event is not closed (see a list of closed events in right-hand column). Remember, additional entry forms are available from the SCHEDULES / FORMS drop down menu above.

New Rules for 2019

There are new rules this year for out-of-bounds and lost balls. Both continue to incur a one stroke penalty but the drop area changes. The ball is to be dropped in the fairway within two club lengths of the edge of the rough and at a point equidistance to the pin from where it crossed out of bounds or was lost. In addition, if a ball is in a sand trap a golfer may choose to  play from the trap or drop behind the trap and play from there with a one stroke penalty. The flag may be left in the cup for any stroke, including putts. We will ignore these new USGA rules: (1) dropping a ball from knee height and (2) assisting by standing behind a golfer hitting a shot. Click here for complete rules of play.


If you must cancel playing in a tournament let us know by Sunday before the event. We call the golf courses on Monday with a count of the number of golfers they can expect and we begin working on the lineup sheet, check-in listings and scorecards. Notifying us later than Sunday is not fair to the courses and causes us extra work to rearrange pairings and perhaps reprint updated scorecards.

Do You Need a Partner?

As the 2019 entry forms reach us we will be updating the Need a Partner page. If you are looking for someone to play with this year, in one or more events, you should check the list for your division. The partner search will list the golfers name, his contact information, flight and the tournaments / days he needs a partner. To get your information posted follow the instructions in the right-hand column of the Need a Partner page.

Have You Paid Your 2019 Dues?

We still have many members that have not paid their 2019 dues. If you intend to play this year, we will need your dues. The dues payment form can be found on the SCHEDULES / FORMS drop down menu above or by clicking here. If you do not intend to play this year let us know.


The following tournaments are full; entry to these are closed:

Wed, May 29; Cedar Chase

Thu, May 30; Cedar Chase

Wed, Jun 5; Cedar Chase

Thu, Jun 6; Cedar Chase

Wed, Jun 19; Broadmoor

Thu, Jun 20; Broadmoor

Wed, Jul 24; Broadmoor

Thu, Jul 25; Broadmoor

Wed, Aug 21; Whitefish Lk

Wed, Sep 18; LE Kaufman

Thu, Sep 19; LE Kaufman

Wed, Oct 2; The Mines

Thu, Oct 3; The Mines

Wed, Oct 9; Hastings

Thu, Oct 10; Hastings

RED text denotes Regular Division; BLUE text denotes Reserve Division; BLACK text denotes combined event.

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See new addition to the Other Senior Events Page.

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GLSGA member Al Stoutjesdyk passed away Sunday, May 19. We also learned of the passing of former GLSGA members Ray Beltz and Toby Koetje. You can find a link to the obituaries of these and other members we lost in 2019 on the In Memoriam page.