I am sorry to have to pass along the sad news that Men’s Club member Brian McConnell passed away in April after a lengthy illness.  Unfortunately, the obituary was just published in the Desert Sun.  Please join me in extending condolences to Brian’s wife Sandy and the rest of his family.

I regret to have to share with you the sad news that Bill Slapin died peacefully this morning after a long bout with vascular disease. His infectious smile and sense of humor will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Please join me in extending condolences to his wife Judi and the rest of the Slapin family. 

2021 Overseeding Date Closures

Championship Course, Driving Range & Putting Green
·       Closes – October 4, 2021
·       Opens – November 6, 2021

Challenge Course
·       Closes – October 25, 2021
·       Opens – November 22, 2021

Chipping & Pitching Greens
Closes – November 8, 2021
·       Opens – December 8, 2021

Michael Swartz, Men’s Club President


As we approach the fall, I want to update you about some significant activities the Men’s Club Board has been involved in during the summer.  Hopefully, by the time our season opens on November 13th, the current spike of COVID-19 will have subsided enough that we can return to a normal season.  In anticipation of that, we have addressed important policy changes in two areas:

  • Tournament Issues – Eligibility to play for the Men’s Club Championship.  There has been some controversy surrounding this issue in previous seasons.  Therefore, we felt it was necessary to clearly define who is eligible to play for the Championship.  To that end, after considerable discussion, we decided that a member must have played in a minimum of two other Men’s Club events during the current season.  
  • Handicap Issues – Posting requirements and penalty procedures.  We wanted to more clearly delineate the steps the Handicap Committee will take in cases where there are issues surrounding members posting all their rounds to GHIN on an accurate, timely basis.  You will be hearing more from the Handicap Committee in a series of monthly Mailchimps over the next few months.

The full text of the new policies is available at the Men’s Club website.

Finally, the Tournament Committee has put together an outstanding lineup of events for the coming season.  The tournament calendar is already posted on the website.  Tournament information sheets are undergoing final edits and will be available on the website in the near future.

Have fun, stay safe, and looking forward to seeing you all soon.


——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-Handicap News from Chairman Gary Lennon and Committee members Chuck Bija and Bud Slobodian: 

The newly-restructured  Handicap Committee consists of Gary Lennon (Chairman), Chuck Bija and Bud Slobodian. With the Men’s Club Board’s help and direction, the Committee is hard at work prioritizing their functions – stressing issues that impact the way we play here at PVCC and the way we structure our tournaments.  All this needs to happen while maintaining compliance with the SCGA/USGA. 

The basis of having a fair and equitable Club Handicap System lies in the members’ hands. Individuals must post their scores in an accurate and timely fashion.  Since 1/1/2020 when the USGA adopted The World Handicap System (including updating a player’s index daily), a “timely fashion” means you must post your score the day you play.

A recent review of our active members shows that there are many players who are not currently posting in a timely fashion.  This may be caused by the year of the Pandemic, or the fact that you have to wear a mask to go to the posting kiosk in the Men’s Locker Room, or maybe you’re having technical difficulties with the mobile app or on-line software at home.  All of these issues can easily be overcome.  Just ask for help.  The bottom line is, as PVCC Men’s Club Members – with official GHIN indexes – it is our responsibility to post scores accurately and timely.

 Questions or comments can be addressed to Gary Lennon (631-707-4772) or (glnot49@mac.com) or the other Handicap Committee members.