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

Broadmoor Visit #2

This week was our second, and final 2021 week at Broadmoor Golf Course. Like we did with our prior tournament this year at Broadmoor, we had members in flight “D” play the forward-most black tees. While recording the prize money I noticed there were several golfers winning money for the first time this season. It was unclear if use of the shorter tees contributed to this. There is one thing that was clear, both Ralph Livingston and Norm Sterken managed to shoot their age. I’m not going to state their age but you can lookup their score in the results and figure it out for yourself.

The results for the reserve division this week at Broadmoor are now available.

His Timing Could Have Been Better

On June 11, 2021, at Orchard Hills Golf Course, GLSGA member Tony LoPresto accomplished an extremely rare feat. He hit two, that's correct; TWO holes-in-one in a single round of golf. Just think, if he had waited until his scheduled round with our group in September, he would have won $600.00 and he could have bought two rounds! You never know, he might do it again.

How Do We Assign Prize Money?


Some members have wondered how we determine the payment of prize money. It all begins with the entry fees. Of each $25.00 entry fee, we pay the golf course $20.00 and the remaining $5.00 goes into the prize fund. Note that annual dues are not included in entry fees. If 80 golfers enter a tournament, we have collected $2,000.00 in entry fees, the course will be paid $1,600.00 and the prize fund will be $400.00. At top of a tournament result sheet, you will see a summary of the tournament finances, including the total number of golfers in the tournament, the total prize fund and the total prize money paid out. The amount of prize money in each flight is calculated by multiplying the number of golfers in the flight by $5.00. From each flight we subtract $10.00 to cover the cost of closest-to-pin winners. Payment of prize money within a flight is more complicated. Within a flight we try to pay prizes to between one third and one half of the golfers. The maximum prize will not exceed $25.00 ($50.00 for a team event) or be less than $2.00 ($4.00 for a team event). When possible, we pay $25.00, $20.00, $15.00 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and so on down the standings (double those amounts for team events). With more golfers, and more money in a flight, we may reduce the spacing between payment by positions (i.e., $25.00, $22.00, $18.00, etc.) to stay within paying one third to one half of the golfers. If there are fewer golfers in a flight, thus less money, we may reduce the amount paid to each position again to insure payment to at least one third the golfers. Ties for positions in a flight add more complications, especially if the ties are near the position of one third or one half of the standings. The object is to pay out all the money available in each flight fairly. There is a summary of payment in each flight, both the amount available and the amount paid, in the tournament results. If there are very few golfers in a flight, we may combine two flights. However, we will never combine flights if it causes anyone in either flight to lose money.

Annual Dues

Some of our members forget that they owe $25.00 in dues annually. Our treasurer, Chris Poterack, has been diligently attempting to catch up with members that are in arrears as they play in a tournament. What Chris has learned is that some members assume they have paid their dues since a membership card was in their spring letter. Not true—we include a membership card in the letter as a convenience. Other members assume that dues are included in tournament entry payments. Again, not true—entry fees cover course green fees and prize money only. If you believe you may owe 2021 dues it would be best to see Chris before he sees you! Find a dues payment form from the SCHEDULES / FORMS drop down menu above.

Frequently Asked Questions

This year we did not have a membership meeting prior to the beginning of the season. In an attempt to answer questions that are covered at such a meeting, we have posted a list of frequently asked questions (click here). As additional questions are received from our members they will be added to the list. More information can be found in our rules of play (click here). A detailed explanation of our handicap system can be found  by clicking here.

Need A Partner Page

We list the name and contact information of any member requesting a partner for the 2021 tournaments. You can find a link to the Need A Partner page on the INFORMATION drop down menu above.

Did you get your spring letter? If not, perhaps you did not inform us of your current address. If you have moved recently, or have a winter address, please let us know where we should mail items. If you have alternate addresses for the prize money checks and /or the spring letter we should know.



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

Wed, Aug 25; Hastings

Thu, Aug 26; Hastings

Wed, Sep 1; Hastings

Thu, Sep 2; Hastings

Wed, Sep 22; LE Kaufman

Thu, Sep 23; LE Kaufman

Wed, Sep 29; Mines

Thu, Sep 30; Mines

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

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Robert DeBok Championship, August 11 & 12, 36-hole Individual Medal Play at Biarwood GC and Willow Wood GC. For starting course assignments, click here. We still have room if you want to play! (updated 7/30)

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GLSGA member David Bushen passed away on July 15. Dave was a new member this year and was only able to play two tournaments. You can find a link to the obituaries of all members we lost this year on the In Memory page.

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Special thanks to former member John Goff. John donated a complete collection of former membership rosters from past years.

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In Memoriam Tribute


We lost a total of twenty nine active or former members in 2020. That is by far the most we lost in a calendar year. Click on the above thumbnail for a tribute to members we lost in 2020. Video tributes to those lost from 2016 through 2019 can be found on the video page.