September 2009 Newsletter

Tournament News

2009 Encinitas Ranch Club Championship Tournament
(and qualifier for SCGA Sr. Tournament of Champions)

The 2009 Club Championship is upon us. Can Tim Dudek, Bret Farnum, Milo Hama and Michael Galey defend their 2008 titles? Come put them to the test!

This is our second and final major of the year and potentially a 4-day event, starting with a qualifying round on Saturday, September 12. For those that qualify, Match Play starts on Sunday, September 13, 19 and 20. For added incentive, you will earn 1.5x normal Points Cup points.

The first round on 9/12 is a stroke play qualifying round. The top 8 players in each flight then participate in match play rounds beginning on Sunday 9/13 and continuing 9/19 and 9/20 for the finals. IF your flight has 8 or less players signed up, you won't have to play a qualifier* - you will be seated in match play for your flight via blind draw. (*Unless you are over 55…see below).

The Championship Flight plays at scratch. Net flights use handicaps based on August Current Index. Championship and A Flights play from the blue tees, B Flight plays from the green tees, and C Flight plays from the white tees.

The qualifying round will have the usual closest to the pin and long drive but the other rounds will not. Trophies will be awarded to the top 2 finishers in each flight, as well as payouts of script.

To qualify for the Club Championship, you must earn (2) points to qualify to play.
Here’s how to earn your points:

(1) Point awarded for playing in Thursday or Saturday Team Play

(1) Point awarded for any Monthly Tournament

(1) Point awarded for (4) Wednesday Sweeps Rounds

To enter use the link below. The tournament entry fee is $30.

ALSO (hope you are still reading), IF you are over 55 as of December 7, 2009 AND you would like to represent Encinitas Ranch in the 2nd Senior Tournament of Club Champions, the Saturday qualifying round (9/12) will be used to select our sponsored player. The SCGA tournament entry fee will be paid by ERMGC and you’ll enjoy a shotgun start at Indian Wells Country Club (Cove Course) on December 7th, 2009. NOTES: You must play in our Saturday qualifying round AND notify Eric or Bret of your intention in the “Notes” section of the Club Championship on-line sign-up form OR email! IF your flight has less than 8 players (and no Club Championship qualifying is required), you will still need to play on 9/12 to qualify for Sr. Tournament of Club Champions.

Please join us for this great event
and let's keep up the tradition of getting a large group of players entered and playing.


The registration deadline for this tournament is September 7th.

Comments or recommendations for tournament changes, feel free to email me directly at: Thanks and hope to see you in September.

Eric Diaz


Tournament Results

ERMGC Combo Golf Tournament

Thanks again to this year's sponsor:

For over 20 years, Leucadia Pizzeria has been San Diego's Coastal favorite, known for our friendly service and great food. From traditional Italian dishes to California contemporary, our menu includes fresh salads, savory pastas, submarine sandwiches, gourmet desserts, and more than 20 specialty pizzas.

Now serving at three locations throughout San Diego

315 S Coast Highway 101
(between C St & El Portal St)
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 942-2222

La Jolla
7748 Regents Rd
Ste 303
San Diego, CA 92122
(858) 597-2222

Rancho Santa Fe
16085 San Dieguito Rd
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92091
(858) 759-2222

Thanks to Chip Conover for his continued support of the Men's Club!


Championship Flight




Closest to the Hole: JIM BRAKAS

Longest Drive: JIM HARTLEY



2nd Place "64" DAN BEALS / JIM SHEAN


4th Place "66" ERIC DIAZ / TIM CADY

Closest to the Hole: JAMES HEISER

Longest Drive: ALVIN PAK





Closest to the Hole: MILO HAMA

Longest Drive: GREG BAUMANN





Closest to the Hole: TED CANTOR

Longest Drive: ALAN SANDERS

Click here for complete results


2009 Points Cup

Points Cup Standings through May

Championship Flight 75 points - Tim Dudek
A Flight 64 Points - John Gothard
B Flight 66 Points - Greg Baumann
C Flight 91 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


Club Membership


The Board of the Encinitas Ranch Men’s Golf Club is pleased to announce:

Beginning October 1st 2009, membership renewal for the 2010 season will be available to all current members at a rate of $75.00

New members may also join at this time for $95.00, with the added benefit of playing the rest of the 2009 season and all of 2010.

Please go online to and select the MEMBERSHIP heading and follow the instructions.
Mail-in applications are also accepted, print out the form from the membership sign up page, fill out completely and mail to:
P.O. Box 231880
Encinitas, CA 92023-1880

Ron Peterson
Membership Chairman


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

2-4/19 Winner of Match Wishes to Default to Beaten Opponent

Q. In match play, A defeats B and then concedes the match to B because he (A) cannot continue in the competition. Is this permissible?

A. No. A won the match. A beaten player may not be reinstated in such circumstances. A should be posted as the winner and, since A cannot continue, A's opponent in the next round would win by default.

Under Rule 2-4, a side may concede a match at any time prior to conclusion of the match, but not thereafter.


Greenskeeping Corner

Speed kills: the mowing height dilemma

What do golf course putting greens and thoroughbred race horses have in common? More than you might think. Both are high performance products of scientific innovations in breeding and management that have resulted in faster horses - and faster greens - than ever before in history.

As a result, both require specialized and intensive care to achieve their high performance levels. Like horses, turf must be supplied with sufficient nutrition, water and care. If they are lacking in any of these, they become weak, more susceptible to disease, and incapable of high performance. Without attention, they die of starvation.

The importance of being green: Unlike animals, plants don't have to obtain their food from outside sources. Instead, through the remarkable process of photosynthesis, they can make their own food inside the green tissues of their leaves and stems. All they need is sunlight, air, water, and enough green tissue, and Presto! They can manufacture enough starch and energy to fuel their growth and reproduction.

But many factors can interfere with photosynthesis. On golf course greens, mowing heights that are too low are one of the most common reasons that greens fail during the summer. There comes a point when the turf plants simply don't have enough food to support the growth of roots or the production of new leaves. If the plants are mowed too low for too long, their food becomes limited, they become weak, and they eventually succumb either to disease or starvation.

Higher mowing = recoup time for turf: While greens (like race horses) can survive extreme conditions such as low mowing for short periods of time, their long-term survival depends on time for recuperation, when higher mowing heights allow for production of new leaves, roots and other tissues.

Bottom Line: Fast greens can become dead greens quickly, especially during the summer when turf is already stressed by heat. The low mowing heights that produce faster greens can remove so much leaf tissue that the plant is unable to produce the energy it needs to survive.

Research has shown that even a slight increase (1/32") in mowing height can result in dramatic improvements in turf quality, disease resistance, recovery from stress and root growth. It is therefore frequently necessary to raise mowing heights during the summer or others periods of stress. Green speeds may decrease as a result, but when you consider the alternative - that is, dead turf - it is a small price to pay.



I recently attended the SCGA Delegates meeting for San Diego County. The meeting was held at the Crossings at Carlsbad.
Some news that came out of the meeting:
- Nationally golf is down by 3 % according to a USGA survey.
- California golf has been up in the last 3 months
- April was up 6% compare to March (Latest data available)
- SCGA dues for general members will not change for 2010 ($30)
- There will not be a transfer fee when a member moves from one club to another.
- Open enrollment for 2010 will run from October 1, 2009 to December 31,2009 with a cut off date in mid November. If you miss that cut off date you will not get a Directory and other goodies for 2010.

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 and he will notify SCGA so you can be mentioned in the FORE magazine.