New season begins
Jim Crandall, Idyllwild Palms to Pines Golf Association (IPPGA) handicap chair, provided this report about the association’s first round of club championship playoffs and its regular monthly tournament in August.
IPPGA held its August tournament Friday, Aug. 16 at the Soboba Springs Golf Course in San Jacinto.
The course, which had undergone extensive renovation on the back nine holes to make room for the new casino hotel, was in excellent shape.
The top eight scorers during the 2018/19 season were paired, based on seeding. After three rounds, the club champion will be determined and is eligible to play in the Southern California Tournament of Club Champions in December.
In the first round, three of the four top seeds won and moved to round two. The upset occurred when fifth seed Peter Capparelli bested fourth seed, Lee Lanfried.
In the other three matches, top seed Norm Kyriss with a course 7 handicap beat eighth seed Barry Wallace. The second seed, Dennis Chavez (9 handicap) edged sixth seed Jim Crandall (13 handicap). Bob Wadlow, the third seed, bested Danny Crosser, the seventh seed.
The B Flight playoffs only needed one match. Fourth seed Tony Viola (21 handicap) beat fifth seed Barry Zander. Jerry Daquila, Chris Kramer and David Hiemenz all received a bye into the second round.
In the first tournament of the 2019/20 season, Tony McLean (19 handicap) shot a net 66 for first place in the A Flight group. In second place was Gary Brown (17 handicap), who shot a net 70. Kyriss (7 handicap) and Wadlow (14 handicap) both shot net 71s to tie for third and Viola (21 handicap) with a net 75 rounded out the top five.
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 2019.
John King (28 handicap) was first with a net 79. Hiemenz (36 handicap) shot net 80 for second. Kramer (39 handicap) and Daquila (28 handicap) each finished with net 84s to tie for third. Zander (38 handicap) rounded out the top five with a net 86.
The winners of the closest to the pin contests on the four par-3s were Paul Cozens on hole no. 4, Ken Garelick on no. 8, Wadlow on the 14th hole, and Kramer on hole no. 16.
Here are the initial 2019/20 point standings for the club championship playoffs for this season, which goes from August 2019 through July 2020:
Place Golfer Points
1 Tony McLean 6.5
2 Gary Brown 4.5
3 Norm Kyriss 4
tied Bob Wadlow 4
5 Tony Viola 1.5
6 Pete Capparelli 0.5
tied Dennis Chavez 0.5
Paul Cozens 0.5
Jim Crandall 0.5
Ken Garelick 0.5
Lee Lanfried 0.5
Scott Schroeder 0.5
Jim Sullivan 0.5
Barry Wallace 0.5
Flight B stats (Flight B is comprised of high handicappers who do not qualify to compete in the club championships).
Place Golfer Points
1 John King 6.5
2 David Hiemenz 4.5
3 Jerry Daquila 3
tied Chris Kramer 3
5 Barry Zander 1.5
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. IPPGA 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, please contact Jim Crandall at [email protected] or 951-265-5732, or Pete Capparelli at [email protected] or 951-452-5552.