Welcome to Palo Alto Golf Club’s monthly newsletter. Here you will find new information to help you navigate through the Club, keeping yourself updated with the latest information.

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March is here and the weather is getting better and better.  We'll be holding the NCGA Zone qualifier on the 21st and the Four Ball qualifier on April 11 so it's time to get your game in shape and sign up for those events. Also, don't forget Poppy Hills on May 16.

The Palo Alto Golf Club in 2015

The Palo Alto Golf Club will be alive and well in 2015.  The latest news is that the course will be open through then of the year.  The various public agencies responsible for the flood remediation and golf course rebuild need to redo their paper work and schedule reconstruction to coincide the the optimal growing season.  Let's keep our fingers crossed.

USGA eClubhouse

Last month we started using the USGA's eClubhouse as our tool for tournament signups and to provide an online method for new members to join the club.  The process is easy and the initial response appears to be positive.  So far, we've signed up four new members through the online portal.  If you haven't already set up an eGolfer account to take advantage of these new services, click the link below for instructions on how to do it.

eClubhouse Information

pagc Rules Corner

We are fortunate to have a member who is also an NCGA rules official. Dennis Barbata has agreed to provide rules information for the club's monthly email in the hopes it will help enlighted those who might be a little hazy on the rules.  Reading this information could save you from unnecessary penalty strokes and possible disqualification from an event. Here are a couple of instances that came up during our March 7 tournament.

Sharing Clubs - It is perfectly fine for partners to share clubs.  But Rule 4-4b has a requirement that must be followed.  The total number of clubs of the two partners sharing must not exceed 14.  So, if you'd like to test out your partner's putter on a few holes, then count your clubs.  Each of you will need to carry 7 or less to make sharing OK.  It is a 2-stroke penalty for breaching Rule 4-4b.  This is also one of the rules where there is a 4 penalty stroke max should the breach happen more than once before the breach is discovered.

Practice Before Your Round - Rule 7 says that prior to the stipulated round, a player may not practice on the "course".  However, practice near or on the 1st Tee Ground is OK.  The Tee Ground is not all those groomed flat spots where the greenkeeper places the various colored tee markers.  The Tee ground is that specific rectangle area 2 club lengths in depth behind the tee markers you will be using for your round.  So, if you are playing the white tees, then going over behind the black tee markers to practice chipping and small pitch shots may have some wondering if you are practicing "near" the 1st Tee Ground with the white markers.  You just want to practice close enough to your #1 tee ground so it appears to all concerned that you are "on or near".

The link below will take you to a page on our website where you can find more information on the above and other rules.

More Rules Information

pagc Bay Area Senior Games

The Bay Area Senior Games Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday May 15 with Gold, Silver & Bronze medals available for both Low Gross and Low Net in various age categories (50-54, 55-59, 60-64, etc.).  The format is 18 hole stroke play and will be held at Shoreline Golf Links.  Follow the links below for more information and to sign up for the event.

Historically, few players have attended the golf event.  But with golf now in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio, maybe we'll get more players.  Hopefully we can get a great turn-out of PAGC members.  Dennis Barbata, PAGC member, is the tournament director for the 2015 Bay Area Senior Games Golf Event.

Golf Tournament Information

Sign Up for the Senior Games.

pagc Recent Aces

Since the first of the year, we've had two member make an ace at the Palo Alto Golf Course.  On February 12, Paul Millman holed his hybrid on the 165 yard 7th hole.  Long-time member Gordy Cole also accomplished the feat on March 6 by acing the 9th hole with a driver.  In Gordy's case, it was witnessed by his regular Friday group who are also members.  This entitled Gordy to a $100 credit in the pro shop courtesy of the PAGC. 

John Frykland, Webmaster

March Highlights

Remaining 2015 Schedule
Click Tournament Name for Details
Date Event Course
3/21 NCGA Zone Qualifier S'Vale
4/11 NCGA 4 Ball Qualifier S'Vale
4/25 Spring Valley ILN Milpitas
5/9** Four Ball Shotgun Palo Alto
5/16 Poppy Hills Stableford Pbl Beach
5/30 Las Positas ILN L'More
6/13 NCGA Sr. 4 Ball Qual. S'Vale
6/27 Los Lagos ILN San Jose
7/12 NCGA Met Am. Qualifier S'Vale
7/25 Seascape ILN Aptos
8/8 Stroke Play Championship Poplar Cr.
8/22 Callippe Four Ball Plsnton
9/12 Monarch Bay ILN S'Lndro
9/26 Poppy Ridge (TBD) L'More
10/10 Crystal Springs ILN B'Game
10/24 Metropolitan ILN Oakland
11/7 Pacific Grove 4 Ball P'Grove
11/21 Spring Hills 4 Ball W'ville
12/5 TOC at Shoreline Mt.View
**Annual Meeting to Follow Event
Welcome New Members
Name City
Joseph Kim Millbrae
Farhad Teymourtash San Mateo
Michael Thompsen Redwood City
Kelly Ebersole San Carlos
John Galli Los Altos
Aju Kuriakose Saratoga
Mike Hahn Palo Alto
Gary Pruitt Mountain View
Douglas Tambara Huntington Beach
2015 TOC Standings
Place Player Points
1 Greg Val 180
2 Tracy Powell 155
3 Buzz Ogren 120
4 Stephen Suleski 114
5 Darien Arends 113
6 Ross Erickson 103
7 Ray Coler 99
8 John Frykland 96
8 Jim Loustalot 94
10 Gordy Cole 88
Complete Standings

Dennis Barbata
Dennis Barbata

Gordy Cole
Gordy Cole