After establishing the State Junior Amateur Championship in 1914, it was nearly a half-century before the MGA added another Championship Proper to the roster.
But in 1961, the Massachusetts Senior Amateur Championship made its debut at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton.
The Senior Amateur Championship was supposed to start the year before (1960), but according to a Boston Globe article: This event originally was planned for 1960 at Stockbridge, but was called off because of a meager response. The most logical reason would seem to be that a majority of the eligible elder citizens are from the Greater Boston area, and as substantial men of affairs, they didn't like to be so far from their offices for so long a time. With the shift in scene to Brae Burn's convenient and inviting course, 42 seniors have answered the call...[Click to read article]
Today the Senior Amateur is one of the MGA's most subscribed events, and regularly takes place in Western Mass and the Berkshires!
The Massachusetts Senior Amateur Championship was first played in 1961 and has been played every year since.
The record for most victories is four, held by Ed Fletcher (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002). Two players - John Frithsen and Tim Holland - have won the championship three times.
Four players have won both the Amateur and Senior Amateur Championships during their careers - William O. Blaney, Ted Bishop, Warren Tibbetts, and Ed Fletcher.
The Senior Amateur Champion has also won the MGA Senior Player of the Year award in the same year five times - Ed Fletcher in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002; Jack Kearney in 2010. The MGA Senior Player of the Year Award was created in 1998.
Eastward Ho! Country Club has hosted the Championship four times, more than any other MGA Member Club.
In 2014 the MGA created the Super Senior Amateur Championship for competitors age 65 and up.