By Jim Crandall
Palms to Pines Golf Association handicap chairman

The Palms to Pines Golf Association played its regular monthly tournament and final round of playoffs for club champions at Hemet Golf Club on Friday, Oct. 18. It was a beautiful fall day and the course was in good shape.
In the A Flight playoff, Bob Wadlow defended his title against Norm Kyriss to retain his club champion status for the second year in a row. He will go on to represent the club in the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) Tournament of Club Champions in December. Wadlow will again have his name inscribed the special Robert “Bob” Stearns memorial trophy.
In the B Flight playoff, Jerry Daquila also defended his title against David Hiemenz. Daquila will receive a special plaque.
In the A Flight regular tournament, Wadlow (11 handicap) shot a net 69 for first place. Gary Brown (17 handicap) shot net 71 for second place. Kyriss (7 handicap) shot net 72 for third place. Paul Cozens (12 handicap) and Tony McLean (17 handicap) shot net 73s to tie for fourth place.
In the B Flight regular tournament — made up of golfers with handicap indexes of 24.4 or higher as of August — Barry Zander (34 handicap) shot net 65 for first place. John King (25 handicap) shot net 73 for second place. Jerry Daquila (26 handicap) shot net 77 for third place. David Hiemenz (32 handicap) shot net 78 for fourth place. Chris Kramer (35 handicap) rounded out the top five in the B Flight with a net 89.
Winners of the closest to the pin contests on the four par-3s were Jerry Daquila on hole no. 4; Bob Wadlow on holes no. 7 and no. 14; and Danny Crosser on hole no. 17.
Here are the 2019/20 point standings for the new season which runs from August through July:
Place Golfer Points
1 Tony McLean 15
2 Bob Wadlow 13
3 Gary Brown 9.5
4 Norm Kyriss 8.5
5 Jim Crandall 5.5
6 Paul Cozens 3
7 Lee Lanfried 2.5
8 Tony Viola 2
9t Pete Capparelli 1.5
9t Ken Garelick 1.5
11t Dennis Chavez 1
11t Danny Crosser 1
11t Jim Sullivan 1
14t Pete Holzman 0.5
14t Scott Schroeder 0.5
14t Barry Wallace 0.5

B Flight stats (B Flight is comprised of high handicappers who don’t qualify to compete in the club championships)

Place Golfer Points
1 John King 15.5
2 Jerry Daquila 13
3t Chris Kramer 8
3t Barry Zander 8
5 David Hiemenz 7
6 Don DePalma 3

The top eight-point finishers of the year go into playoffs in August, September and October to determine the club champion. 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. The champion goes on to play in the Southern California Tournament of Club Champions in December.
Palms to Pines Golf Association plays a tournament off the Hill once a month at a different golf course. The games are usually played on the third Friday of the month but may be adjusted for holidays. 
Tournament fees range from $40 to $60 and the fees include green fees, tournament entry fees, golf cart and range balls. Guests usually pay $10 less since they don’t compete in the tournament.
The club is a member of the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) and is sanctioned to establish 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. You can also contact Pete Capparelli at [email protected] or 951-452-5552.