June 2009 Newsletter

Tournament News

Upcoming Events

2009 SCGA Better Ball

Sunday, June 14, 2009
Tee times starting at 10:16 am

We are glad to have two sponsors for the June tournament. Once again Golf Mart of Encinitas is supporting the Men’s Club for the 3rd year and we are also pleased to have Scott Purdy of Hatter, Williams & Purdy Insurance as a 1st time co-sponsor.

A big thanks again to the Golf Mart and manager Sean Veale for co-sponsoring the June tournament. Golf Mart continues to be the Men’s Club best source for clubs, equipment and club fitting here in Encinitas. Please stop by and say thanks to Sean for their support of the Men’s Club.

The Golf Mart
1441 Encinitas Blvd #110
Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone #: (760) 944-1534
M-F: 9:00 - 7:00
Sat: 9:00 - 6:00
Sun: 10:00 - 5:00

Hatter, Williams & Purdy Insurance is one of the oldest, and most well respected insurance agencies in San Diego’s North County. HWP was established in 1947, and was named “Insurance Agency of the Year” for 2008 by Capital Insurance Group. HWP offers all lines of insurance, including home, auto, business, and health insurance. Our primary insurance partners are Mercury Insurance Group, Travelers Insurance, Allied Insurance, Capital Insurance, and Golden Eagle Insurance Company. We would like to thank Scott Purdy for his support.

PHONE 760.795.2002
FAX 760.929.0534

Thanks again to Tom Jackse and Steve Flores of Signworld of California for the monthly support by providing all our signs. Remember to call Tom if you have any signage needs.

SIGNworld of California
Phone: (760) 599-6537
Fax: (760) 599-6439
1487 Poinsettia Ave., Suite 121
Vista, CA 92081


Format: Two-man teams, 18 holes of stroke play, with the better net score of the partners to count as the team score on each hole. All flights will use handicaps based on June Current Index. The maximum allowable handicap differential between partners is five strokes. If the higher handicap of partners is more than five strokes greater than the lower handicap, the higher handicap will be reduced. The team with the best NET score total from the BLUE TEES will have the opportunity to represent ERMGC in the SCGA 4-Ball Tournament Qualifier in August.

Did you know there is a B+ Flight for the SCGA Better Ball tournament? B+ Flight participants can have up to a 16.8 Index (18 strokes maximum) and play from the Blue Tees, competing against A Flight for the single berth in the SCGA Better Ball event later this year. In fact, last year B+ Flighters Jim Bachrach and Alan Hayashi edged out Paul Latchford and Bret Farnum in a card off for that SCGA berth.

To encourage Champ, regular B-Flight and C-Flight players, there will be a special $100 “Mini-Skins Tournament” in those flights ONLY, funded by the March Madness Raffle ASSUMING a minimum of 8 players/4 teams sign up. And of course, you’ll be playing for Championship Cup points, too.

With any questions, please contact Tournament Chairman Bret Farnum: bretfarnum@roadrunner.com or feel free to call, 760-632-9415.

2009 ERMGC Member-Guest
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Shotgun start at 12:30PM

Format: 18 holes of stroke play with the club member and his guest playing as a team. The better score of the partners counts as the team score on each hole. The Championship flight will be played at scratch. Flights A, B, and C will use handicaps based on July Current Index. Teams in the Peoria Flight must record the better GROSS score of partners as the team score and the committee will calculate the handicap and net score for each team at the conclusion of the round using the Modified Peoria System.


Tournament Results

Thank You Paul Ecke Jr and John White of the Carltas Company for their sponsorship of this years Poinsettia Cup. They have been continuous supporters of the Men’s Club for over 5 years.


Championship Flight

1st Place 71-73 144 Tim Dudek (sudden death playoff)

2nd Place 72-72 144 Jim Hartley

3rd Place 76-69 145 Ken Merscheim

4th Place 69-77 146 Gregory Jacobs

Longest Drive: Tim Dudek
Closest to the Hole: Ken Merscheim
Longest Drive: Scott Stewart
Closest to the Hole: Fred Noble


1st Place 69-67 136 Bret Farnum

2nd Place 69-69 138 Michael Facon

3rd Place 70-73 143 Dale Clark

Longest Drive: Dale Clark
Closest to the Hole: Bret Farnum
Longest Drive: Dale Clark
Closest to the Hole: Ray Chandler


1st Place 70-68 138 Ray Nosse (cardoff)

2nd Place 69-69 138 Dick Beckman

3rd Place 72-67 139 Tim Godsin

4th Place 72-68 140 Robert Vargas

Longest Drive: Eric Bader
Closest to the Hole: Ronald Peterson
Longest Drive: Eric Bader
Closest to the Hole: Tim Godsin


1st Place 72-65 137 Peter Sertic

2nd Place 67-70 137 Rich Busby

3rd Place 72-69 141 William Gladstone

Longest Drive: Alan Sanders
Closest to the Hole: William Gladstone
Longest Drive: Mark Neumann
Closest to the Hole: Peter Sertic

Click here for complete results


2009 Points Cup

Points Cup Standings through May

Championship Flight 63 points - Tim Dudek
A Flight 46 Points - Dale Clark
B Flight 44 Points - Robert Vargas
C Flight 60 Points - Peter Sertic

The Points Cup is a year long event, like the Fed EX Cup on the PGA tour. In each of our events, the top 10 players in each flight get points according to the place they finish in. Your points get added up through out the year regardless of the flight you may have played in for an event or based on your index. The more tournaments you play in the more chances you have to get into the Points Cup Tournament.

Click here to view the 2009 Points Cup Leaderboard


Wednesday Sweeps

2009 Sweeps Leaders

2009 Low Gross Leaderboard

A Flight - ''69" Gus Mokalis 05/07/09
B Flight - ''72"' Gary Bader 02/25/09
C Flight - ''78'' Fulton Sheen 05/20/09


Handicap Chairman


The Board of the Encinitas Ranch Men’s Golf Club is pleased to announce that starting May 1st you can join the Men’s Club for $75.00 for the rest of the 2009 season. By getting your application in early there is still time to get the required two tournament rounds in to be able to participate in the Club Championship in September.
We understand the economic condition going on and realize that golf and a club membership are things that may be more difficult right now.
We have new members of the board who are doing a lot to help improve the tournaments and how our club is being run.
Please take the time to think about joining and once again enjoy the comradeship of tournament play.

As an added incentive our Tournament Directors have offered to any current member:
Sign up a new member and receive a future tournament entry fee ($25.00).

Sign up today as this offer is only good May 1st through July 2009.

This offer is only available at the link listed below:

The Board Members of Encinitas Ranch

If you, an ERMGC member, have a hole-in-one, your first eagle, or any other rare event, please contact Chuck Koscielski at Happy2bc@aol.com. He will inform the SCGA and get you recognition in Fore Magazine.


2009 Tournament Sponsor Packages

Become a Tournament Sponsor and ''Get Your Message Out''

1. Provide us with a 1/3 page copy of what your service offers and we will get it in the newsletter the month before the tournament. You also will be given a special reminder thanks in the following months newsletter.

2. The 2009 season offers 2 tee box signs (24X18) donated by Tom Jackse of Sign World of California. Please contact him at 760-858-7081 and get him your logo and what you want on the sign and they will be placed at the tournament.

3. Most tournaments have a sign up table and you are also free to place any marketing materials on the table. Arrange to get them to the course and we will get them out.

4. If you have a banner we will get it hung for you on the tournament day.

5. All tournament sponsors will get posted on the front page of the clubs website for as long as they sponsor the event.

6. Shotgun Tournament sponsors will get; a. Their brochure placed in the cart. b. Banner re-hanged in the dinning area. c. Special acknowledgement during the awards ceremony.

At minimum, your message is presented to club members on the golf course and in our media at multiple points and you are afforded continuous exposure on the website. I will help you all the way, and if you have any question please do not hesitate to call me.

Jim Brakas
Sponsorship & Advertising Chairman
(760) 213-0304


Recent Rulings

27-2. Provisional Ball

a. Procedure

If a ball may be lost outside a water hazard or may be out of bounds, to save time the player may play another ball provisionally in accordance with Rule 27-1. The player must inform his opponent in match play or his marker or a fellow-competitor in stroke play that he intends to play a provisional ball, and he must play it before he or his partner goes forward to search for the original ball.

If he fails to do so and plays another ball, that ball is not a provisional ball and becomes the ball in play under penalty of stroke and distance (Rule 27-1); the original ball is lost.

(Order of play from teeing ground - see Rule 10-3.)

Note: If a provisional ball played under Rule 27-2a might be lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds, the player may play another provisional ball. If another provisional ball is played, it bears the same relationship to the previous provisional ball as the first provisional ball bears to the original ball.

b. When Provisional Ball Becomes Ball in Play

The player may play a provisional ball until he reaches the place where the original ball is likely to be. If he makes a stroke with the provisional ball from the place where the original ball is likely to be or from a point nearer the hole than that place, the original ball is lost and the provisional ball becomes the ball in play under penalty of stroke and distance (Rule 27-1).

If the original ball is lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, the provisional ball becomes the ball in play, under penalty of stroke and distance (Rule 27-1).

If it is known or virtually certain that the original ball is in a water hazard, the player must proceed in accordance with Rule 26-1.

Exception: If it is known or virtually certain that the original ball is in an obstruction (Rule 24-3) or an abnormal ground condition (Rule 25-1c), the player may proceed under the applicable Rule.

c. When Provisional Ball to Be Abandoned

If the original ball is neither lost nor out of bounds, the player must abandon the provisional ball and continue playing the original ball. If he makes any further strokes at the provisional ball, he is playing a wrong ball and the provisions of Rule 15-3 apply.

Note: If a player plays a provisional ball under Rule 27-2a, the strokes made after this Rule has been invoked with a provisional ball subsequently abandoned under Rule 27-2c and penalty strokes incurred solely by playing that ball are disregarded.


Greenskeeping Corner

Traffic vs. turfgrass: therein lies the rub

Pity the poor turf: Foot and vehicular traffic are a constant source of stress to turf. There are several types of traffic-related damage and soil compaction.

Wear damage: ouch! Would you rather get a paper cut or a scrape? Most people would pick the paper cut because it hurts less, occurs on a smaller area, and heals faster. The same principles apply to turf.

A well sharpened mower causes minimal injury because it provides a clean cut on a small surface area - like a paper cut. But the type of damage caused by foot and cart traffic results in bruising and tearing of turf that causes plant tissues to lose water as well as the chlorophyll they need for photosynthesis. Plant death is the result.

Soil compaction is heavy stuff: Traffic also compacts soil particles so tightly that water and air can't move in or out of the soil, and plant roots can't penetrate the rock hard soils. With no root growth, the plant suffers from lack of nutrients and water, which in turn results in slower growth, inability to recover from injury and eventually, death.

You can be part of the solution: Golfers can help improve course performance by following these traffic guidelines:

-When requested, keep golf carts on path.

-When entering and exiting fairways, scatter to avoid multiple carts driving on the same tracks.

-Follow cart traffic directions.

-When walking on and off greens and tees, avoid walking on areas of stressed turf.

-Comply with frost delays.

Bottom line: Foot and golf cart traffic cause damage to turf by scraping and ripping leaf tissues, as well as by compacting the soil. But by implementing traffic management strategies, turf damage can be minimized.

Limiting carts to paths, using ropes to rotate traffic into less-used areas, frost delays and avoiding stressed turf when walking or driving are effective tools for limiting traffic damage.

Traffic damage can be a big problem on golf courses, but by operating with these traffic management strategies, golfers can be a part of the solution.