Spring is in full bloom and the weather is gorgeous. This is the
perfect opportunity to get out and shake the rust off your game. Better
yet. "Go Play!" as Old Tom Morris says. Next tournament is Spring Valley on
April 25. Sign up now!
Alto Golf Club Annual Meeting
Since the course is still open, we have partnered with the pro shop to offer a new tournament on May 9 to be followed by our Annual Meeting.
The format will be a four ball with a shotgun start so that everyone finishes about the same time.
That way you can stick around after playing and hear about the state of the club and our plans for the future.
Sign Up For the Tournament
In January 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 a half dozen 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.
Recent Tournament Results
Spring is the season for the NCGA to hold it's local qualifying tournaments for the championships to be held later in the year.
Thus far, the club has scheduled two events with two more to come. On March 21 the competitors met at Sunnyvale Golf Course to determine the team
that would represent us in the San Francisco Bay Zone Championship April 13/14 at Carmel Valley Ranch and Poppy Hills.
In this format the team of Todd Gebhart, Matt Gebhart, Ryan Gallagher and Wendell Shak will play in separate foursomes
and count the two best net scores. In 2013 the club won this championship by eight strokes.
In the NCGA Four-Ball Qualifier on April 11, also at Sunnyvale, the club qualified two teams to move on to the next round on May 14 at a local course in the Bay Area.
The low qualifiers were John Osness and Ryan Kim at net 61. The other qualifying team at net 62 was John Frykland and Jim Schenkel.
Winners in the second round move on to the NCGA finals at Spyglass Hills and Poppy Hills on June 22/23.
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.
Palo Alto Golf Course History
Member Gordy Cole was gracious enough to provide an article from the Palo Alto Historical Association's newsletter that chronicles the history of the Palo Alto Golf Course.
Construction of the original course began in July 1954 with play beginning some time in 1956. Weekday play was $1.50 a round while weekends cost $2.50.
Some club members have been playing the course since the 1950's. I started playing it in the mid 1960's during my summers off from college.
At that time, I could buy a monthly play card for $10.00 that allowed me unlimited golf
With the upcoming restoration, it will be interesting to see what the green fees will be once the course is reopened.
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