Idyllwild’s Palms to Pines Golf Association held its regular monthly tournament in conjunction with the first round of match play playoffs for the club championship on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont. The day was sunny and warm and the course was in good shape with fast greens.
In the regular tourney, Pete Capparelli (course handicap 23) took first place with an impressive net 62, eight strokes better than the next competitor. John Brower (12) came in second with a net 70, and there was a three-way tie for third between Chuck Alkire (12), John McAndrews (42) and Les Widerynski (16) all with net 70s.
This month there was no long drive competition. However, there were closest-to-the-pin competitions on all four par three holes. Widerysnki won on hole number 3, Alkire won on number 6, Capparelli took number 11 and Jim Crandall took number 14.
In the match play playoffs, John LoGiudice bested Bob Stearns, Brower beat Widerynski, and Capparelli beat Greg Piersol. Gary Leong and Mike Feyder have yet to play.
Note: Bill Ragland had been scheduled to play in the playoffs but bowed out because of a shoulder injury. Next in line was Tony Viola, but he didn’t qualify because he hadn’t played in the required five regular season tournaments. That allowed LoGiudice to move up into the top eight finishers and play in the playoffs.
In September, LoGiudice will face off with Brower, and Capparelli will play against the winner of the Leong/Feyder match. The winners of those matches will face off in a final playoff in October to determine the club champ. The champ will then play in the Southern California Tournament of Club Champions in December.
Here are the first set of point standings for the 2011-2012 season:
|Place||Golfer||Points (based on points and scores)|
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.
The club is a member of the Southern California Golf Association and is sanctioned to establish SCGA handicaps for members.