By Jim Crandall, Palms to Pines Golf Association handicap chairman

After a three-month hiatus, Idyllwild’s Palms to Pines Golf Association resumed its regular monthly tournaments on Friday, June 19 at Menifee Lakes Palms Course. It was a beautiful late spring day with mild temperatures and the course was in good shape. Sixteen players came out of hibernation for the event.

Paul Cozens (11 handicap) shot a net 69 for first place. Jim Crandall (12 handicap) shot net 72 for second. Dennis Chavez (7 handicap) shot net 74 for third place. Bob Wadlow (10 handicap) shot net 76 for fourth and Tony Viola (18 handicap) shot net 77 to round out the top five.

In the B Flight — made up of golfers with handicap indexes of 24.4 or higher as of August­ ­— John King (24 handicap) shot net 74 for first place. There was a three-way tie for second between Jerry Daquila (25 handicap), David Hiemenz (31 handicap) and Chris Kramer (42 handicap). Barry Zander (37 handicap) was alone if fifth place.

The winners of the closest to the pin contests on the four par 3s were Danny Crosser on hole no. 4, Jim Crandall on hole no. 7, Dennis Chavez on hole no. 12 and Bob Wadlow on hole no. 15.

Here are the 2019/20 point standings for the new season which runs from August through July:

Place Golfer Points

1 Tony McLean 25

2 Bob Wadlow 22.5

3 Paul Cozens 22

4 Gary Brown 21.33

5 Jim Crandall 19.5

6 Ken Garelick 10.5

7 Norm Kyriss 9.5

8 Dennis Chavez 9

9 Tony Viola 8

10t Lee Lanfried 7

10t Danny Crosser 7

12 Barry Wallace 6.83

13 Scott Schroeder 6.5

14 Pete Capparelli 4.5

15 Pete Holzman 2.5

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 John King 41

2 Jerry Daquila 25.5

3 David Hiemenz 22.5

4 Barry Zander 19.5

5 Chris Kramer 15.5

6 Don DePalma 9.5

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.