Jim Roberts, Publicity
With the first of November came the reopening of the Palo Verde course (actually the week before) and the beginning of the 2019/2020 golf season. When it first opens, the course is in beautiful condition thanks to the grounds crews. Then we get back out there and there’s divots, ball marks, and general signs of usage. But that’s golf.
We had a full month of activities in November with a 2-Net Best Ball event on Nov. 2. First place went to the team of Tom Gartner, Jim Cloud, Jack Hall, and Bob Kruse. Second place went to Rick Smith, Don Parrish, Vaughn Torgusen, and Joe Lombardo. Third place went to Ron Keil, Rich Griffis, Adrian Barber, and Richard Kool. They were tied for third with the team of Jack Hopkins, Lee Brechtel, Norm Parisien, and Phil Hollivet.
On Nov. 9, we had a Select-A-Drive team event. First place went to David Florence, James Granzow, Dick Hollenbaugh, and Dick Thomas. Second place went to Mike Lorimer, Bob Rouleau, Rick Onken, and Keith Wilson. There was a three-way tie for third place.
On Nov. 16, we held our annual Turkey Shoot with a total of 36 turkeys awarded to the three closest to the pin shots on each of the par 3 holes.
On Nov. 23, a Team Stableford contest was played. First place went to the team of Dan Ashley, Gerald Kirby, Rick Onken, and Dick Thomas. Second place went to the team of Gary Whiting, Bruce Medhurst, Stan Gross, and Joe Lombardo. Third place went to Dennis Bockelman, John Byczko, Norm Parisien, and Hal Newton.
On Nov. 30, the day after the big rain, a Designated Driver, 2 Best-Ball Net event was played. First place went to Ron Cox, Don Parrish, Vaughn Torgusen, and Dick Thomas. Second place went to Daryl Ramseyer, Larry Anderson, Bill Triquart, and John Kuchera. Third place was won by Myron Racine, Cliff Joyes, Duane Emzinger, and Jim Davis.
So the season started with a full slate of golf activities with the promise of much more to come in the coming months.
I wanted to take this opportunity to give all you golfers a heads-up concerning changes to GHIN handicap system. Effective Jan. 1, 2020, each golfer using the GHIN system will have to have their own unique email address to be able enter scores into the system. That means if you’re currently sharing an email address with another person who uses the GHIN system, one of you must establish their own email address in order for both of you to continue to enter scores into the system. There are a number of other changes that will soon take effect as well. So stay tuned for more information in the future.