Idyllwild’s Palms to Pines Golf Association held its regular monthly tournament on Friday, June 17, 2011, at the Golf Club at Rancho California in Murrieta (the old Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Member’s Course). The day was clear, bright and beautiful and the course was in excellent shape.

Bob Stearns (course handicap 26) won the tournament with a net 70; Bill Ragland (14), took second with a net 74; Gary Leong (16) took third with a net 72; Dale Calderon (41) took fourth with a net 77; and Gary Minor took fifth with a net 78.

Dan Slattery won for closest to the pin on both the front and back nines, and Les Widerynski won for longest drive.

This was the second-to-the-last regular tournament in which to garner points to qualify for the playoffs for the title of Club Champion, so the competition is heating up. The top eight point finishers will compete in match-play playoffs beginning in August. The Club Champ will then play in the Southern California Tournament of Club Champions in December.

Here are the current point standings:


Place Golfer
1 Bob Stearns 26
2 Les Widerynski 25.7
3 Gary Leong
4 Bill Ragland 18
5 Greg Piersol 17.7
6 Pete Capparelli 17.5
7 Mike Fedyer 13
8 John Brower 10.2
9 Herk McClellan 9.5
10 Robert Priefer 9
11 John LoGiudice 8.7
12 Chuck Alkire 8
13 Gary Brown 6.5
14 Jim Crandall 6.2
15 Dan Slattery 6
16 Tony Viola 5
17 Dale Calderon 4.5
18 Gary Minor 2.5
19 John McAndrews 1.5
20 Rick Aronson 1
tied 21
Walter Reeves .5
James White .5
Jeff White .5

Points are awarded at each tournament as follows: first place, 6 points; second place, 4 points; third place, 3 points; fourth place, 2 points; fifth place, 1 point. In addition, one-half point is awarded to everyone who participates.

Each month, Palms to Pines Golf Association plays a tournament at a different golf course. The tournaments are usually played on the third Friday of the month, but may be adjusted.

The club is a member of the Southern California Golf Association and is sanctioned to establish SCGA handicaps for members.

Anyone interested in joining the club or playing as a guest, should contact Jim Crandall via email at [email protected] or call him at (951) 265-5732, or Pete Capparelli via email at [email protected] or call him at (951) 452-5552.

Send sports reports about locals to [email protected] or drop them off at the Town Crier by 10 a.m. Mondays. Photos are also welcome. If sending by e-mail, resolution must be at least 300 dpi.