Jim Crandall, Palms to Pines Golf Association handicap chair, provided this report about the association’s regular monthly tourney in August and the beginning of its year-end playoffs.

Idyllwild’s Palms to Pines Golf Association held the regular monthly tourney in conjunction with the first round of playoffs for club champion on Friday, Aug. 18, at the Golf Club at Rancho California.

The playoffs had the top 8-point finishers face off for the association’s annual championship. This year, play-off contenders were Peter Holzman, Lee Lanfried, Dennis Chavez, Barry Wallace, Crandall, Pete Capparelli, Ken Garelick and Dave Robb.

The play-off format pits the top-point person and the eighth, the second point total faces the seventh, the third plays the sixth, and number four and five play each other.

In the first round of the playoffs, Robb (course handicap 13) beat Holzman (14), Capparelli (26) beat Chavez (9), and Garelick (25) beat Lanfried (26).

Crandall (14) and Wallace (14) could not play until Aug. 30 and their match was played at The Country Club at Soboba Springs. Crandall left the course as the victor.

The semi-finals will be later this month when Robb will face Capparelli, and Garelick and Crandall will meet. The winners play for the club championship.

In the first regular tourney for the 2017-18 year, Capparelli’s net 67 earned him first place. In second was Chavez, who shot a net 69. Scott Schroeder (22) shot net 70 for third; Robb shot net 71 for fourth.  Crandall (14) and John King (26) tied for fifth place with net 73s.

The winners of the closest-to-the-pin contests on the four par threes were Chavez on hole no. 2, Crandall on hole no. 6, Capparelli on hole no. 10, and David Hiemenz (41) was the closest on hole no. 16.

The August tourney was the beginning of the 2017-18 point garnering season for the club championship playoffs next year. Here are the current point standings for the new season, which runs from August through July 2018:

Place Golfer Points

1 Pete Capparelli 6.5

2 Dennis Chavez 4.5

3 Scott Schroeder 3.5

4 Dave Robb 2.5

5 Jim Crandall 1

tied John King 1

7 Mike Brown .5

tied Dave Curl .5

Jerry Daquila .5

Don DePalma .5

Ken Garelick.5

David Hiemenz.5

Pete Holzman.5

Lee Lanfried.5

Bob Wadlow .5

Barry Zander .5

In regular season, 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. Also, one-half point is awarded to everyone who participates.

A member has to compete in at least five regular-season tournaments to qualify for the playoffs.

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

If interested in joining the club or playing as a guest, contact Crandall at [email protected] or 951-265-5732, or Capparelli at [email protected] or 951-452-5552.