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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 a Four Ball at Palo Alto on May 9 to be followed by the club's annual meeting. Sign up now!

Palo 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.

Currently there are just under 30 players signed up.  A shotgun start requires at least 40 players.  Sign up today so you can enjoy the event and participate in the Annual Meeting to follow.

Please review the meeting agenda and proposed by-law changes at the end of this newsletter.

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Silicon Valley Gives

Following a successful first-ever regional day of giving that benefited more than 600 nonprofit organizations last spring, Silicon Valley Community Foundation is excited to announce that it will again host Silicon Valley Gives in 2015.  On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Silicon Valley Gives will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most and encourage them to take action.

One of the pillars of SVCF’s mission is to strengthen the common good locally. This 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by SVCF with the help of sponsors, will offer thousands of nonprofits the chance to raise millions of dollars.  During the inaugural Silicon Valley Gives event, held May 6, 2014, nearly 15,000 individual donors contributed just over $8 million to charities based in three counties.

One of the participating organizations of local interest is the East Palo Alto Junior Golf Program run by PAGC member Bob Hoover.  Their mission is to help minority youth foster a relationship between education and their personal development using the game of golf.  If you'd like to help, follow the link below to make a donation on-line through Silicon Valley Gives.

Donate to EPA Junior Golf

pagc Changes to the Tournament Schedule

The turnout for the last NCGA Qualifier at Sunnyvale was pretty low.  Since Palo Alto Golf Course will be open through the end if 2015, the tournament committee decided to move the last two qualifiers back home.  That way, we'll have a familiar venue and a place to swap stories and have a cold one following the round.  For details, follow the links in the tournament schedule above to the NCGA Senior Four Ball and the NCGA Net Amateur.

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 Poppy Hills Signups Close May 9

Our annual visit to Poppy Hills is scheduled for May 16.  Signups close on May 9 and are lagging.  The tournament director needs to provide a count next week.  If you haven't signed up yet, do it now to avoid missing this great venue.

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John Frykland, Webmaster

May Highlights

Remaining 2015 Schedule
Click Tournament Name for Details
Date Event Course
5/9** Four Ball Shotgun Palo Alto
5/16 Poppy Hills Stableford Pbl Beach
5/30 Las Positas ILN L'More
6/14 NCGA Sr. 4 Ball Qual. Palo Alto
6/27 Los Lagos ILN San Jose
7/11 NCGA Met Am. Qualifier Palo Alto
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
Tom Scannell Cupertino
Bryan Coin Mountain View
George Morris Los Gatos
Steve Harrington Palo Alto
Josh Maltzer Mountain View
Maria Nakazawa Los Gatos
Bob Kron Palo Alto
Joseph Kim Millbrae
2015 TOC Standings
Place Player Points
1 Greg Val 205
2 Ross Erickson 199
3 John Frykland 167
4 Tracy Powell 165
5 Gordy Cole 139
6 Matt Gebhart 135
7 Buzz Ogren 132
8 Chuck Pickett 131
9 Ryan Kim 130
10 Darien Arends 128
Complete Standings
Poppy Hills - 2nd Hole

Annual Meeting Notice

The 2015 annual meeting of the Palo Alto Golf Club will take place on Saturday, May 9 at Palo Alto Golf Course.  The meeting will commence upon completion of the tournament scheduled for that day (approximately 12:00 noon).  The annual meeting will include an update to all members about the activities of the Club including reports from the President, Treasurer, Tournament Chairman, Membership Chairman and Handicap Chairman.  This is your chance to hear about your Club’s operation and provide your input.  Please try to attend.

During the meeting the membership will be asked to approve the following amendments to the By-Laws:

Proposed Amendments to the By-Laws of Palo Alto Golf Club

Article III – Membership, shall be amended to add the following provisions:

Section 1 (Classes)

ADD: (a)(i) Junior Executive Member

Section 2 (Regular Members)

ADD: “Section 2.(a) (junior executive members) Junior Executive Members shall consist of such persons between the ages of eighteen years of age and twenty nine years of age who have paid their dues for the current year.

Article VI Officers

Section 4 (Duties of the Treasurer) shall be amended to ADD the following underlined provision and read

“It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to act as the financial agent for the Club for receipt and disbursement of its funds.  He shall safely keep and account for all funds that shall come into his hands, and shall deposit the same to the credit of the Club in the name of the PALO ALTO GOLF CLUB in such bank or banks as the Directors may designate.  The Club may bond the Treasurer in such amount as the Board of Directors shall deem necessary.  All checks, drafts or orders for the payment of money shall be signed by the Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer or other designee and, if so directed by the Board of Directors, countersigned by the President, or in his/her absence the Vice-President or the Secretary.  No bills shall be paid or money disbursed without the approval of the Board of Directors.”