July 2009 Newsletter

Tournament News

2009 Encinitas Member Guest Tournament
We would like to thank the following sponsor for their support


It’s time to buy! Everyone waited for the bottom of the market, well here it is. Good time to pick up an investment property! Jim & Lorie have been involved with both the men’s and women’s club’s for years. Jim is has been on the ER Board of Directors for almost 5 years. Please consider Jim and Lorie have over 25 years of Real Estate experience. Call Jim at 760-213-0304 or log onto www.LorieAndJimBrakas.com
Jim & Lorie Brakas
Sponsoring for the 5th year

Ron Peterson
Mercedes, Honda, Acura, Porsche, Audi, Infinity
We look forward to serving your automotive needs!
Please contact us at (760) 438-4454 or visit us on the web at
Located in Car Country Carlsbad
Sponsoring for the 2nd year

And please welcome for the 1st Year

Gilbert Gastelum & Diane Powers
That same fine restaurant in Old Town is now up in the Forum Shopping center.
Grand open around 7/1/09

And as always thanks to Tom Jackse and Steve Flores of
SIGNworld of California

For all their signs throughout the years, please support Tom

SIGNworld of California
1487 Poinsettia Ave., Suite 121
Vista, CA 92081
(Located in Vista Technology Center
off of Business Park Dr.)

2009 ERMGC Member-Guest
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Shotgun start at 1:00PM

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

ERMGC SCGA Better Ball Qualifier

Thanks again to this year's sponsors:


Championship Flight (skins)

KEN MERSCHEIM: 4 Skins = $36.36
TIM DUDEK: 3 Skins = $27.27
BRAD BAUMANN: 3 Skins = $27.27
DENNIS MOSERr: 1 Skin= $9.10

Longest Drive: Ken Merscheim
Closest to the Hole: Tim Dudek





4th Place "63" MIKE DAVIS / JOHN SMITH

Longest Drive: Tony Ratto
Closest to the Hole: David Barker







Longest Drive: Kyle Conover
Closest to the Hole: Mark Neumann

C-Flight (skins)

SEAN GALLEHER: 1 Skins = $50
DAVID BENJAMIN: 1 Skins = $50
HENRY LOGAN: 3 Skins = $150

Longest Drive: Henry Logan
Closest to the Hole: Ted Cantor

Click here for complete results


2009 Points Cup

Points Cup Standings through May

Championship Flight 75 points - Tim Dudek
A Flight 51 Points - Bob Burke
B Flight 54 Points - Greg Baumann
C Flight 70 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


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

20-7c/2 Ball Putted from Wrong Place Lifted and Putted from Right Place

Q. In stroke play, A mistakenly replaced his ball in front of B's ball-marker (which was near A's ball-marker) and putted. The ball came to rest about one foot from the hole. The error was then discovered and A lifted his ball without marking its position, placed it in front of his own ball-marker and finished the hole. What is the ruling?

A. When A replaced his ball in front of B's ball-marker and putted, he played from a wrong place and incurred a penalty of two strokes; the ball was in play — Rule 20-7c.

When A then lifted his ball from where it lay about one foot from the hole without marking its position and did not replace it, he incurred the general penalty (two strokes) for a breach of Rule 20-1 — see second paragraph of Rule 20-1.

Thus, A incurred a total penalty of four strokes.

8-1/2 Exchanging Distance Information

Information regarding the distance between two objects is public information and not advice. It is therefore permissible for players to exchange information relating to the distance between two objects. For example, a player may ask anyone, including his opponent, fellow-competitor or either of their caddies, the distance between his ball and the hole.

Except when the Local Rule allowing the use of distance-measuring devices has been adopted (see Note to Rule 14-3), information regarding distance must not have been obtained from an artificial device used during the stipulated round. A player who obtains distance information that he knew was measured by anyone with an artificial device during the player's round is disqualified under Rule 14-3. (Revised)


Greenskeeping Corner

Heat kills: summertime and turf stress

The downside of summer: During hot weather, the first part of the turf plant to suffer is the roots. At first, the roots' rate of growth slows down, which results in a parallel decrease in growth of new turf foliage. If temperatures remain high, the roots will struggle to survive, and will eventually stop functioning. This in turn leads to a complete shutdown of turf growth.

This causes the turf to at first get thinner, frequently turning a darker color. Eventually, large patches will begin to turn brown or white as the entire turf plant - shots, roots and crowns - gradually dies.

How hot is too hot? Different turf varieties can withstand different heat levels. For poa (annual bluegrass) and bentgrass, air temperatures in the mid-90's (mid-30s C) can be threatening, especially if humidity is high, or there is little air movement. Bermudagrass, which tolerates heat better, is usually at risk as temperatures climb past 110°F (43°C).

The story is different, however, for turf that is stressed by disease, high traffic or low mowing heights. In these cases, turf can become heat damaged at lower temperatures than these.

Getting out of the hot seat: To give turf an edge in fighting off the effects of heat, it may be necessary to:

  • Increase mowing heights to allow the plant to produce more energy via photosynthesis.
  • Vent (small diameter aerations or spikes) more frequently, to provide more air to the root system.
  • Lightly irrigate, or syringe, more frequently to keep turf cool.
  • Apply fungicides to nip diseases in the bud.
  • At courses where heat is a common problem, the use of fans to cool the turf can make a world of difference.
  • Bottom line: Once air temperatures hit the 90°F (32°C) and higher, turfgrasses begin their yearly struggle with the ravages of heat: slow growth, thinning, and if temperatures are high enough - death.

    The turf at the greatest risk is on greens, where low mowing heights and heavy foot traffic are constant stressors.

    The good news is that damage from heat can be reduced through preventative measures such as increased mowing heights, fans, syringing, and monthly venting.


    Any member that has a special event such as, a hole-in-one, shooting your age, first eagle etc., as part of their golf game, please notify Chuck Koscielski at Happy2bc@aol.com and he will notify SCGA so you can be mentioned in the FORE magazine.