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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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