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Here's wishing everyone an enjoyable golf season during the upcoming year. Our tournament schedule is included in this newsletter for your review.  Please note that dates can change during the year so be sure to check our website for the most up to date schedule.

The Palo Alto Golf Club in 2016

The Palo Alto Golf Club will be alive and well in 2016. The course closing has been rescheduled for June and, as of this newsletter, no concrete date has been set. Rumors abound but we've seen closing dates over the past three years that have come and gone.

The club has scheduled a full year of tournaments with some early events being held at Palo Alto. Later in the year we'll be using other area courses and some interesting away destinations. Check the 2016 schedule to the right of this article. The venues have been chosen and most of the contracts signed but not all the tournament formats have been determined yet.

In addition, the city of Palo Alto has agreed to a "loyalty" program for all the golf clubs at the course. For all those golfers who are members of their respective clubs when the course officially closes, there will be a free round of golf after it reopens. This will be good for open play and will be a way of getting our members back to experience the new course designed by Forrest Richardson, a leading golf course architect.

So if you were thinking of just dropping out for a year, forget about it. Get your renewal into the club as soon as possible if you haven't already done so. And for the members that haven't been entering our tournaments, come on out and participate.

2016 Board of Directors

As part of the renewal process, the following members have been elected to the board of directors for the coming year:
Ed Barkley, Greg Val and Chuck Pickett.

President Bob Booth
Vice-President Gordy Cole
Secretary & Membership Chairman Ross Erickson
Treasurer Ed Barkley
Director & Handicap Chairman Ray Piontek
Director & Tournament Chairman John Osness
Director James Kaku
Director Greg Val
Director Chuck Pickett

pagc 2016 Tournament Schedule

The tournament schedule for 2016 is posted above and on the website and contains 22 events. Six of those will be held at Palo Alto including the second day of the Stroke Play Championship. Check the website periodically for changes and additions as we move through the year.

If you haven't played in one of our tournaments, sign up for one today. If you've never played tournament golf, don't be bashful about asking questions. Your playing partners, or any other member for that matter, will be happy to answer.

In case you're wondering about some of the nomenclature in the schedule, here's a primer.

  • ILN - Individual Low Net - Your net score (actual score less your course handicap) will be matched against others in your flight.
  • Four Ball - Two Player Better Ball - You and a partner play at 90% of your handicap and select the better score on each hole as your team score.
  • Stableford - Points are awarded for net pars, birdies and eagles. Net bogies and double bogies result in negative points. The higher the points, the better your finish.

pagc Rule Chanes for 2016

The United States Golf Association has changed some rules for 2016. Here are the three most important ones:

  • Rule 6-6d: Scoring in Stroke Play
  • Rule 14-1b: Anchored Strokes
  • Rule 14-3: Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Abnormal Use of Equipment

You can watch a short video on each of the above by clicking on the following link and going to the USGA Website. In addition, the rules now state that you cannot post a score that has not been witnessed by another person or player who has been on the course with you during the entire round.

John Frykland, Webmaster

January Highlights
Tentative 2016 Schedule
Click Tournament Name for Details
Date Event Course
1/16 New Member Welcome PA
1/30 Two Man Scramble PA
2/13 Five Club Max PA
2/27 NCGA Zone Qualifier S.Valley
3/5 Best 2 of 4 Teams PA
3/26 Individual Low Net Moffett
4/9 NCGA Four Ball Moffett
4/23 Red, White and Blue PA
5/14 TBD SJ Muni
5/28 Stableford P.Ridge
6/11 NCGA SR Four Ball Shoreline
6/25 Stroke Play Championship P.Creek
6/26 Stroke Play Championship PA
7/9 NCGA Net Amateur Shoreline
7/23 Individual Low Net Ridgemark
8/7 TBD L.Positas
8/20 Individual Low Net L.Lagos
9/10 Four Ball P.Grove
9/25 Individual Low Net Metro
10/8 TBD Monarch
10/22 Four Ball S.Hills
11/5 Tournament of Champions Moffett
11/19 TBD Crystal
Welcome New Members
Name City
Scott Lien Palo Alto
Kristi Hynding Woodside
Edward Haley Palo Alto
Christopher Schenkel Redwood City
Ken Arends Redwood City
Steve Aaron San Carlos
Darryl Strode Woodside
Anthony Tuiono East Palo Alto
2016 TOC Standings
After 1 Event
Place Player Points
T1 John Binns 23
T1 Bob Booth 23
T1 Ross Erickson 23
T1 David Farwell 23
T5 Dominic Ascani 20
T5 Marshall Armstrong 20
T5 Tracy Powell 20
T5 Tyler Biggs 20
T9 Ray Coler 15
T9 Stephen Suleski 15
T9 Chuck Pickett 15
T9 Steve Mikulic 15
Complete Standings