GSSGA History
Grand Strand Seniors Golf Association History

The GSSGA was formed in July 1970 as an informal organization to promote 
golf along the Grand Strand.  Representatives of Myrtlewood Golf Club, 
Pine Lakes International golf and Country Club and The Surf Club started
the organization.

The following clubs were there at the beginning:  Myrtlewood, Bay Tree, 
Myrtle Beach National,Carolina Country Club (Loris), Pineland, Pine 
Lakes, Quail Creek, The Surf.  Around 1985/86 the following clubs
were added:  Eagles Nest, Possum Trot, Sea Trail.

All members of participating clubs, age 55 and over were eligible to 
play.  

For many years the GSSGA played about 30 weeks a year.  (Today we play
50 weeks a year and have a gross Championship Tournament during the 
second week of December each year, for a total of 51 tournaments 
annually).

The host club representatives ran the tournaments and volunteered to
run other tournaments at non-member courses. The representatives ad-
justed handicaps each week.  Sandbagging, as always, was a problem, 
but in  1991 Rich Jacobs of Master Score signed on to maintain handi-
caps and set up the tournaments. Handicaps were finally kept on a 
computer and only scores from the weekly tournaments were posted.  
Rich did a great job until 2001 when he had to stop because of his
own business interests.  Mike Glick, one of our members  agreed to 
take on this task.  Today our sandbagging problem is almost non-
existent.

In 1997 research was begun to locate the by-laws of the Grand Strand
Senior Golf Association, but none could be located.  Cliff Barletta,
Don Korn and Lou Lazzara agreed to write a set of by-laws for the 
Association.  The by-laws were submitted at the 1998 Annual Meeting
and approved.  The age of the players was lowered to 50 years of age.

Another big change was made in 2001:  We were losing many of our mem-
bers due to age and needed to increase membership. We brought in 
several new clubs, increasing the total club membership to twenty-two.
We also made a significant change in allowing players who do not be-
long to one of the member courses to parti- cipate in the tournaments;
 requiring that they still had to sign up with a representative 
through a member club. These players, if they do not possess a current 
USGA handicap index, have to play five tournaments at a zero handicap
before they are given a GSSGA handicap,and be eligible to compete for
prizes.

Speed of play was improved in 1998 by using two sets of tees.  The 
first three flights play from the 6000 yard tees and the last three
flights play from about 5500 yards.

Interesting facts from the past of the Association:

* Any club that failed to meet their assigned quota would lose the
number of unfilled positions for the next two tournaments.

* Any club that failed to fill 50% of their quota would lose 50% 
of their quota permanently.  This was to prevent pick and chose 
people in the organization.

* Winner leaving prior to the awards being issued and not making 
arrangements to have them collected would forfeit the prize.  When
forfeitures were necessary the runner up would be awarded the prize 
provided he was present.  The tournament host did not accept any 
responsibility for the security of the unclaimed prizes.

* Each participating club donated $10.00 per annum to the treasury.
This money was used for mailing and supplies.  The tournament host 
was given $5.00 for his expenses.