Grandfathers for Golf President Tony Viola (center, holding check) poses with coaches and intermediate-level players at the Valero gas station in San Jacinto. The Valero Energy Foundation, on behalf of the Valero Texas Open golf tournament and pro golfer Brendan Steele, awarded the check to the youth program. Photo by Jim Crandall

Jim Crandall, Palms to Pines Golf Association handicap chair, provided this report on the Friday, April 20, golf tournament played at the Palm Desert Resort Country Club.

George Kretsinger, a co-founder of the club, joined the group and played the first nine holes. This was his first golf outing since he suffered health issues last year.

Bob Stearns (course handicap 23) came in first with a net 70. Dan Slattery (24) and Wayne Sleme (29) tied for second with net 71s. Les Widerynski (15) took fourth with a net 75, and Pete Capparelli (18), Crandall (10) and Robert Priefer (23) tied for fifth with net 76s.

Of the four closest to the pin contests on the four par 3s, Greg Piersol won on holes 4 and 16, while Crandall won on holes 6 and 12.

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


Place Golfer Points
1 Stearns 18.75
2 Gary Leong 18
3 John McAndrews 17.50
4 Chuck Alkire 16.50
5 John Brower 15.25
6 Capparelli 13.83
7 Priefer 13.33
8 Widerynski 12
9 Bill Sanborn 11.75
10 Bill Ragland 11
11 John LoGiudice 10.25
12 Slattery 9.50
13 Crandall 8.33
14 Sleme 6
15 Gary Brown 3
16 tied Mona Gutierrez-Portales 1.5
Piersol 1.50
18 tied Dale Calderon .5
Mike Feyder .5
Deborah Gmeiner .5
Ryan Righetti .5

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