Men’s Golf – May Update

On March 26 we played a new course for the Niguel Shores Golfers. It was Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook. Many of us have played there individually but this was the first time we have had a tournament. We had a great turnout and beautiful weather and will definitely put this course on the schedule going forward.

The game played was Individual Tin Whistle. Not sure where the name came from but assume it was the creation of our golf godfather Bob Borland. For those who care, the scoring is done on a hole by hole basis with a net bogey counting as point, net par counts as 2, a net birdie counts as 3, and a net eagle counts as 4.

The person with the most points wins. Coming in first was Jon Cobain. Second was Bill Johnson. Third place went to Gary Katsuki, and fourth place to Bob Russell. Closest-to-the-pin on #4 was Bill Johnson and on #14 Peter Rask. On April 30 we will play a favorite—The Crossings in Carlsbad. On May 28 we play at Arrowood in Oceanside.

We welcome anyone who wants to join our group. We have golfers of every skill level from single digit handicaps to very high handicaps. Our only requirement is that you have fun. For more information contact Roy Dohner at, or Bob Russell at

New Golf Rules: The Veterans Golf Association has negotiated with The Royal and Ancient Golf Club based in St Andrews, Scotland to modify the Rules of Golf for Seniors: Rule 1.a.5 – A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the rough with no penalty. The senior should not be penalized for tall grass which groundskeepers failed to mow.

—Bob Russell