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History of the Senior Men’s Golf Association (SMGA)

The SMGA began in the early 1990’s with just a few guys --- we were not as formal or organized as we are now. For example, we just drew balls with numbers when we first started. We used a set of balls with numbers on them. We had about 60 balls that were used at the beginning (Walt MacCarthy had a set of balls and Harold Holland had a set of balls that were used for the tournaments and Axel Swanson had a set also). You would draw a ball, remember the number and then put it back in the bag. The balls were dropped and balls closest to each other were grouped for two man, three man, and four man tournaments.

In the early years, we paid low gross and low net. We had one member who won low gross every week so after a couple years, we changed to net only. All tournaments were paid in cash, not pro shop book.

Harold Holland started the weekly tournaments with assigned players and expanded that to utilize the lineup sheet when he was tournament director and George Alonge was President his first year. Harold Holland also started the Interclub Tournaments with Hurricane Creek and it expanded from there.

When Dave Mehall became President, he started moving everything to a computer based system including membership, voting, and notifications / communications / newsletters. Dave also started alternating the lineup criteria such as AD-BC one week and AC-BD the next week. This was done to get more members playing with a larger group of other members and also to make it more equitable for all members. The Club also purchased new software that enabled us to make lineups using the criteria we desired. This had to be done manually up to this time.

Generally, each president has brought some changes. We converted from cash payout to shop credit under John Anthony (2004), dropped out of the Dallas Senior Interclub (DSI) and began an annual match play event (extends over several months) under Bruce Cox (2005), began paying closest to the hole cash prizes for all par threes under Oliver (2006). Jerry Obenour created the SMGA website which went on-line in October of 2006. Changed the match play to a double elimination format under Jerry Obenour (2007), revised and expanded annual awards and added a free Christmas lunch under Chavez & Holec, and Don Holec (2009) initiated the annual “Tin Cup’ Tournament with Eldorado CC, the Gold Tee Program and expanded the Player of the Year award to three separate age brackets. Don Weiland introduced the "Nutts" and "Skins" games to the types of tournaments.

Larry Christensen (2011) modified the Match Play Tournament to extend the schedule times to three weeks for each flight and change the payout basis to matches won, with bonuses for certain wins such as flight champions. Larry introduced sliver plate awards for the Match Play and Championship tournaments as well as Player of the Year awards. Larry, with significant help from Jerry Obenour, moved the SMGA data to the "cloud" to facilitate officer access to common data and ease the transfer of information to new officers. Pete Clark (2013) began the internet signup for SMGA events, using a third party software solution known as 'Sign Up Genius'. Under Michael Bulkeley (2014) we eliminated the Player of the Year award, added a Forward Tees (Gold and Green) section, and changed the Preferred Lies to conform to USGA requirements.

In 2016, we eliminated the "Tin Cup” tournament with Eldorado, and Interclub Director Mitchum introduced the Quad-Club, a one-time interclub event with three other nearby Clubs. In mid-2016 we began transitioning to a new website concept (Golf Genius) that allowed us to combine all of our Roster, Scheduling, Sign Ups, Tournament Results, and Email into one integrated system. Golf Genius is the same system that is used by the Proshop, and eventually all the Club and other Association events.

History of SMGA Officers

Membership
Year

President

Vice President &
Interclub Director

Tournament
Director

Secretary
Treasurer

2016-2017

Jerry Obenour

Rick Mitchum

Dick Judd

Larry Lanning

2015-2016

Jerry Obenour

Rick Mitchum

Obenour / Williams

Larry Lanning

2014-2015

Michael Bulkely

Larry Elsey

Jim Featherstone

Larry Lanning

2013-2014

Pete Clark

Wayne Dow

Jim Featherstone

Steve Williams

2012-2013

Larry Christensen

Wayne Dow

Don Weiland

Pete Clark

2011-2012

Larry Christensen

Larry Elsey

Don Weiland

Bill Uhlemann

2010-2011

Larry Robicheaux

Denny Wiseman

Don Weiland

Bill Uhlemann

2009-2010

Don Holec

Larry Robicheaux

Denny Wiseman

Ken Carithers

2008-2009

Stan Chavez

Don Holec

Larry Robicheaux

Ken Carithers

2007-2008

Jerry Obenour

Don Holec

Stan Chavez

Dennis Croysdale

2006-2007

Chuck Oliver

Jerry Obenour

Stan Chavez

Jim Deen

2005-2006

Bruce Cox

Chuck Oliver

Jack Garner

John Greathouse

2004-2005

John Anthony

Bruce Cox

Tommy Steele

John Greathouse

2003-2004

Dave Mehall

John Anthony

Tommy Steele

Dan Fairley

2002-2003

Mike Maus

Dave Mehall

Bob Flinchbaugh

Herb Blase

2001-2002

Gil Lavey

Mike Maus

Dave Mehall

John Kinney

2000-2001

Gil Lavey

Dan French

Dave Mehall

John Kinney

1999

George Alonge

Gil Lavey

Dick McKinney

John Kinney

1998

George Alonge

Ed Massey

Dick McKinney

John Kinney

1997

George Alonge

Ed Massey

Howard Hazlett

John Kinney

1996

Axel Swanson

George Alonge

Don Mayo

John Kinney

1995

Harold Holland

Axel Swanson

Harold Holland

John Kinney

1994

Harold Holland

Axel Swanson

Harold Holland

John Kinney


The original by-laws were written by John Kinney in 1994, revised by Dave Mehall and others in 2006, by Don Holec and Jerry Obenour in 2009, and Michael Bulkeley in 2014.

Last revised 10/01/2016

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