Jim Crandall, Palms to Pines Golf Association handicap chair, provided this report about the association’s regular monthly tournament in July.
Idyllwild’s Palms to Pines Golf Association (IPPGA) held its July tournament Friday, July 19 at the Temeku Hills Golf Course in Temecula.
This was the final tournament of the 2018/19 season. The points from this tournament with the totals from the previous tournaments determined the eight players for the playoffs, which will begin in August and continue through September into October. The club champion will be the winner of the playoffs and will then play in the Southern California Tournament of Club Champions in December.
The IPPGA has two flights or levels. Most players compete in the A Flight. The second or B Flight includes the golfers with a handicap index of 24.4 or above as of August 2018.
The top eight players from the B Flight will enter into a separate playoff competition for the B Flight Club Championship. The winner earns bragging rights and a special trophy, but the B Flight Champion’s 2018/19 ends with the playoffs and the 2019/20 season resumes.
In the July tournament, Pete Capparelli (21 handicap) and Bob Wadlow (15 handicap) shot net 71s and tied for first place, securing their top-eight finish for the season.
Tony McLean (19 handicap) took third. There was a tie for fourth. Jim Crandall (14 handicap) and Ken Garelick (21 handicap) finished with a net 75.
For the B Flight players, David Hiemenz (36 handicap) was first with a net 71. Tony Viola (21 handicap) shot a net 77 to finish second. Jerry Daquila (28 handicap) took third with a net 84 and Don DePalma (39 handicap) was fourth with a net 94.
In addition to the overall tournament results, the IPPGA recognizes the players who are able to place their shot close to the pin on the short par-3 holes. This month, the winners of the closest to the pin contests on the four par-3s were Gary Brown on hole no. 3; Danny Crosser landed closest on no. 6; Lee Lanfried was the closest to the pin on the 11th hole; and Jim Crandall’s shot was closest on hole no. 15.
Here are the final 2018/19 point standings for the club championship playoffs for this season, which went from August 2018 through July 2019. The top eight qualify for the club championship.
Place Golfer Points
1 Norm Kyriss 32
2 Bob Wadlow 26.33
3 Dennis Chavez 20.5
4 Lee Lanfried 19.5
5 Pete Capparelli 19
6 Jim Crandall 18.5
7 Danny Crosser 16.5
8 Barry Wallace 13
9 Paul Cozens 12.83
10 John King 12
11 Pete Holzman 11.83
12 Ken Garelick 11.5
13 Tony McLean 9
14 Gary Brown 7
15 Scott Schroeder 6
16 Mike Feyder 2
16 Jim Sullivan 2
B Flight Stats (B Flight is comprised of high handicappers who don’t qualify to compete in the club championships).
Place Golfer Points
1 Jerry Daquila 38
2 David Hiemenz 37
3 Don DePalma 32.5
4 Tony Viola 26.5
5 Barry Zander 24
6 Chris Kramer 9
7 Tom Flanagan 3.5
The first round of the playoffs for club champion begins in August. The eight contenders will have four one-on-one matches. The four winners move to round two to be played in September. In the A Flight, these are the first round pairings:
Kyriss (1) vs. Wallace (8)
Lanfried (4) vs. Capparelli (5)
Chavez (3) vs. Crandall (6)
Wadlow (2) vs. Crosser (7)
Since there are only seven golfers in the B Flight, top seed Daquila will get a bye into round two. In round one, these are the other B Flight pairings:
(1) Daquila vs. [a bye]
Viola (4) vs. Zander (5)
DePalma (3) vs Kramer (6)
Hiemenz (2) vs. Flanagan (7)
A member has to compete in at least five regular season tournaments in order to qualify for the playoffs. The maximum handicap index allowed in the playoffs is 24.4.
For regular tournaments, points are awarded 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.
Palms to Pines Golf Association plays a tournament off the hill once a month at a different golf course each month. The games are usually played on the third Friday of the month, but may be adjusted for holidays.
The club is a member of the Southern California Golf Association and is sanctioned to establish SCGA handicaps for members. If you are interested in joining the club or playing as a guest, contact Crandall at jimcrandall92549[email protected] or 951-265-5732. You can also contact Pete Capparelli at [email protected] or 951-452-5552.