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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Christmas is almost here and the 2015 tournament season is done. The 2016 season starts January 16 so take advantage of the sunny days to get out and play. Also don't forget to spend those pro shop winnings and treat yourself to a new toy for the new year. "Go Play!" as Old Tom Morris says.  Signups are now open for the first two events of 2016.

pagc 2016 Renewals Ending 12/28

The membership renewal period is coming to an end on 12/28. That doesn't mean you can't renew after that. It just means that it will cost you an extra $10 to rejoin for 2016. The NCGA will bill us in early January for the portion of your dues that supports their organization and helps put on the four qualifiers we send participants to each year.

If payment forms have gone missing, please contact the membership coordinator John Frykland at 650-637-0222. Better yet, go to the Palo Alto Golf Club website and follow the links to renew online. If you'd rather mail in your membership and don't have your renewal form, there's a link on the home page that will display a blank form to fill out and return.

The dues remain the same as last year.  Regular members (under 60) can renew for $100 while it will cost those 60 and over $95.  Return your renewal and ballot for board of directors in the envelope provided.  Remember, club members in good standing on the date the course closes will receive a free round of golf at the new course when it's completed.

Membership as of 12/1/2015
Regular Senior Jr. Executive Junior Honorary Total
93 144 3 18 11 269

pagcElection for 2016 Board of Directors

As part of the annual renewal process, the club holds elections for the coming year's Board of Directors. Each year we elect three new board members to replace those whose term has expired. Listed below are the candidates for 2016.

Dennis Barbata Chuck Pickett
Ed Barkley Greg Val
Doug Marinkovich  

Be sure to return your ballot with your renewal form. If you renew online, simply drop the completed ballot in the envelope provided with the paperwork and return it.

pagc Course Closing Update

In the August 2012 newsletter we first announced the plans to renovate the Palo Alto Golf Course as part of a flood remediation project on San Fransiquito Creek. The original plan called for an August 2013 start. Here we are three years following that initial announcement and all we currently have is a shortened course and a large mound of earth piled up for use in the project. The latest news is that the course will remain open through June 2016.

The club will schedule home tournaments during the first half of 2016 in anticipation of the course being open. The schedule for the remainder of the year will continue as it has in the past with two tournaments per month. Check the website for more timely updates to next year's schedule.

pagc Buzz Ogren - Player of the Year

Congratulations to our Player of the Year, Buzz Ogren, who finished with a total of 496 points for the season. In accumulating those points, Buzz took either low net or low gross as an individual or team member in the following events:

  • New Member Team Event
  • May Team Event
  • Los Lagos ILN
  • NCGA Net Amateur
  • Stroke Play Championship
  • Director's Cup

Coming into the Tournament of Champions, Buzz had an almost insurmountable lead. He didn't finish in the money in the TOC but then none of the top eight players in the points list managed to garner any points either.

This is Buzz's second Player of the Year award since joining the club in 2011. He also won the honor in 2012 .

pagc New Guest Policy for Tournaments

The club has adopted a new policy that will allow guests of club members to participate in our tournaments in certain situations. The purpose of this new policy is to help promote membership in the club which has been declining in recent years. For full details, follow the link below.

Tournament Guest Policy

pagc Changes to Handicap System for 2016 Released

Handicap Chairman Dennis Barbata has sent along a link to changes in the USGA's handicap system for 2016. Click below for the details.

Changes to Handicap System

John Frykland, Webmaster

December Highlights
Tentative 2016 Schedule
Click Tournament Name for Details
Date Event Course
1/16 New Member Palo Alto
1/30 Two Man Scramble Palo Alto
2/13 Five Club Max Palo Alto
2/27 Individual Low Net Spring Val.
3/12 NCGA Zone Qualifier Moffett
3/26 Best 2 of 4 Teams Palo Alto
4/9 NCGA 4 Ball Qualifier Moffett
4/23 Red, White & Blue
Annual Meeting
Palo Alto
5/14 Individual Low Net SJ Muni
5/28 Stableford P. Ridge
6/11 NCGA Senior 4 Ball Qual. Palo Alto
6/25 Stroke Play Champ. Rd 1 Poplar
6/26 Stroke Play Champ. Rd 2 Palo Alto
7/9 NCGA Net Am. Qualifier Shoreline
7/23 Format TBA Ridgemark
8/7 Individual Low Net Las Positas
8/20 Individual Low Net Los Lagos
9/10 Four Ball Pac. Grove
9/25 Individual Low Net Metropolitan
10/8 Diretor's Cup Monarch Bay
10/22 Four Ball Spring Hills
11/5 Tournament of Champ. Moffett
11/19 Four Man Teams Crystal Spgs.
Welcome New Members
Name City
Steve Aaron San Carlos
Darryl Strode Woodside
Anthony Tuiono East Palo Alto
John Chan Belmont
Hong Lin Menlo Park
Scott Hogrefe Redwood City
Andrew Larson Livermore
Ed Becker Palo Alto
Kadar Bey Menlo Park
Final 2015 TOC Top 10
Place Player Points
1 Buzz Ogren 496
2 Greg Val 473
3 Keith Arends 427
4 Ray Coler 403
5 Brad Miller 402
6 Tracy Powell 394
7 Ross Erickson 387
8 Ryan Kim 371
T9 Darien Arends 359
T9 John Osness 359
Complete Standings
Buzz Ogren
2015 Player of the Year