Gary Leong, the new Palms to Pines Golf Association Club Champion. Photo courtesy of Jim Crandall

Jim Crandall, Palms to Pines handicap chair, gave this report on last week’s Palms to Pines golf tournament:

Idyllwild’s Palms to Pines Golf Association held its regular monthly tournament in conjunction with the final match-play playoff for the title of Club Champion on Friday, Oct. 21, on the Legends Course at the Morongo Golf Club at Tukwet Canyon in Beaumont (formerly East Valley Golf Club). The course was in excellent shape and the weather was fantastic.

Since John Brower was a no-show for the playoff, Gary Leong was named the new Palms to Pines Golf Association Club Champion. He will go on to play in the Southern California Golf Association Tournament of Club Champions in December.

In the regular tourney, Leong (course handicap 14) took first place with a net 73. Chuck Alkire (12) came in second with a net 74. Gary Minor (20) took third with a net 75, and John McAndrews (39) and Bill Sanborn (25) tied for fourth with net 76s.

The course had four par 3 holes and each closest-to-the-pin contests yielded a different winner: Leong won the first, hole no. 4; Robert Priefer was the closest to hole no. 8, Jim Crandall won on hole 12 and Gary Brown won the fourth and final contest on hole no. 17.

Crandall also knocked in an eagle 3 from about 120 yards out on the par 5, 16th hole to win a special prize.

Here are the year-to-date point standings for the 2011-2012 season:

Place Golfer Points
1 Leong 9.5
2 Pete Capparelli 7
tied Bob Stearns 7
4 Alkire 6
5 Priefer 5.5
6 Brower 4.5
7 McAndrews 3.5
tied Minor 3.5
Dan Slattery 3.5
Les Widerynski 3.5
11 Sanborn 3
12 Crandall 1.5
13 Brown 1
14 John LoGiudic .5
tied Greg Piersol .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.

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