By Jim Crandall, Palms to Pines Golf
Association handicap chairman

The Palms to Pines Golf Association played its regular monthly tourney and second round of playoffs for Club Champion at Menifee Lakes Country Club on the Lakes Course on Friday, Sept. 18.
In the A Flight, 4-man, single-elimination playoffs, Norm Kyriss (6 handicap) beat Gary Brown (14 handicap) and Paul Cozens was given a bye because his opponent, Dennis Chavez, was unavailable to play.
In the B Flight playoffs John King (26 handicap) beat Barry Zander (38 handicap) and Jerry Daquila (50 handicap) beat David Hiemenz (32 handicap).
The final playoffs for club champion during the October tournament will be Norm Kyriss versus Paul Cozens in the A Flight and John King versus Don DePalma in the B Flight.
In the A Flight regular tournament, Scott Schroeder (18 handicap) and Paul Cozens (11 handicap) shot net 69s to tie for first place. Sebastian Sturdevant (7 handicap) and Tony Viola (20 handicap) shot net 73s to tie for third and Barry Wallace (13 handicap) took fifth place with a net 74.
In the B Flight — made up of golfers with handicap indexes of 24.4 or higher as of August — Chris Kramer (45 handicap) took first with a net 74. Don DePalma (50 handicap) took second with a net 75. David Hiemenz (32 handicap) and John King (26 handicap) tied for third with net 77s; and Lee Lanfried (24 handicap) and Barry Zander (38 handicap) tied for fifth with net 83s.
Winners of the closest to the pin contests on the four par 3s were Tony McLean on hole no. 3, Barry Wallace on holes no. 8 and 11 and Scott Schroder on hole no. 17.
Here are the 2020/21 point standings for the new season which runs from August through July:

Place Golfer Points
1t Paul Cozens 5.5
1t Scott Schroeder 4.4
3t Sebastian Sturdevant 3
3t Tony Viola 3
5 Barry Wallace 1.5
6t Gary Brown .5
6t Pete Capparelli .5
6t Jim Crandall .5
6t Danny Crosser .5
6t Ken Garelick .5
6t Pete Holzman .5
6t Norm Kyriss .5
6t Tony McLean .5
6t Bob Wadlow .5

B Flight stats (B Flight is comprised of high handicappers who don’t qualify to compete in the regular club championships but play in their own B-flight club championship).
Place Golfer Points
1 Chris Kramer 6.5
2 Don DePalma 4.5
3t David Hiemenz 3
3t John King 3
5t Barry Zander 1
5t Lee Lanfried 1

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.