Griffin Kretsinger (third from right, top row) played in a National Junior Basketball league in Hemet for fourth graders, 10 years old and younger, that included kids from Hemet, Menifee and Idyllwild. He was picked for an all-star team made up of kids from that league. His team, West Valley, won two regional tournaments to qualify for the national tournament, which was held at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana this past weekend. They won five games over two days and beat Whittier in the championship game to win their division. Griffin is the son of Brian and Stacey Oates Kretsinger of Idyllwild. His grandparents are Jackie and the late George Kretsinger, and Robin and Sarah Oates, all of Idyllwild. Photo courtesy Robin Oates

Jim Crandall, Palms to Pines Golf Association handicap chair, provided this report about the association’s regular monthly tourney Friday, March 15 at The Legends Golf Club at Temeku Hills in Temecula. It was a nice spring day with mild temperatures and the hilly course was in good shape with fast, undulating greens.
Norm Kyriss (course handicap 8), as in December, and John King (26) shot net 72s to tie for first place; Paul Cozens (12) shot a net 75 for third place; Pete Holzman (15) shot a net 77 for fourth place; and Crandall (15) rounded out the top five with a net 78 for fifth place.
In the B flight are the golfers with a handicap index of 24.4 or above as of August 2018.
Tony Viola (course handicap 28) shot a net 80 for first place; Don DePalma (39) shot a net 86 for second; and David Hiemenz (36) was third with a net 87.
The winners of the closest-to-the-pin contests on the four par 3s were Kyriss on holes number 3 and 11, along with Lee Lanfried (tie) on number 11, Holzman on the sixth hole and and Danny Crosser on hole number 15.
Here are the 2018-19 point standings for the season that runs from August 2018 through July 2019:

Place Golfer Points
1 Norm Kyriss 26.5
2 Lee Lanfried 15.5
3 Bob Wadlow 14.33
4 Pete Capparelli 12
tied Barry Wallace 12
6 Pete Holzman 11.3
7 Paul Cozens 10.33
8 John King 9
9 Ken Garelick 8
10 Dennis Chavez 7.5
11 Gary Brown 6
tied Scott Schroeder 6
13 Jim Crandall 5.5
14 Danny Crosser 4.5
15 Tony McLean 4
16 Mike Feyder 2
17 Mike Higginbotham 1
18 Jim Sullivan 0.5

Flight B Stats (Flight B comprises high handicappers who don’t qualify to compete in the club championships):

Place Golfer Points
1 Jerry Daquila 30
2 Don DePalma 22.5
tied David Hiemenz 21.5
4 Barry Zander 16
5 Tony Viola 9
6 Chris Kramer 6

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.