September 2011 Newsletter

Tournament News

2011 ERMGC Club Championship

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The Club Championship is upon us. This is our second and final major of the year and it is a 4 day event.

The first round on 9/17 is a stroke play qualifying round. The top 8 players in each flight then participate in match play rounds beginning on Sunday 9/18 and continuing 9/24 and 9/25 for the finals. If your flight has 8 or less players signed up, you won't have to play a qualifier or the qualifier will be used to determine seeds.

The Championship Flight plays at scratch. Net flights use handicaps based on September 1st 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 match play rounds will not. Trophies will be awarded to the winner in each flight, as well as payouts of script.

Since this is a major there are requirements to play in the Club Championship. If you do not meet these requirements, please do not register. There are no exceptions! 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

The Flight Winners in the Club Championship also have a new opportunity to compete in SCGA event!

One winner from the Net Flights in the September event can become eligible to represent our club in the SCGA Tournament of Club Champions to be held on Monday, December 12. Winners of A, B, and C Flights in September Match Play will playoff to determine our Net Club Champion. Winners must have qualifying index (2.5-24.4) to join playoff. Playoff will be 18 holes of Stroke Play with handicap from green tees on the weekend after Match Play is concluded. Winner of playoff will be entered in the SCGA TOCC in either Net or Senior Net division as appropriate (senior division is 55 and over). The Men’s Club pays your TOCC entry fee of $135, which includes green fees, cart, and luncheon reception. The venue will be either Bermuda Dunes or Desert Island.

As in previous years, the winner of the Championship Flight will also be entered in the SCGA TOCC if qualified with index at 2.4 or below. The gross division will be played at Newport Beach CC on Monday, December 5.

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

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

Sign up here!

The registration deadline for this tournament is September 12th.
Qualifying Round is Saturday, September 17 (tee times starting at 10:00AM)
Match Play rounds on 9/18, 24 & 25 with 10:00AM start

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

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A Flight

1st Place "64" John Famulare & Robert Mance
2nd Place "64" John Gothard & Ray Chandler

Longest Drive: Eric Diaz
Closest to the Hole: Dale Kelly-Cochrane

B Flight

1st Place "60" Ken Wolff & Greg Baumann
2nd Place "62" Milo Hama & Ray Nosse

Longest Drive: Dennis Moser
Closest to the Hole: Dennis Moser

C Flight

1st Place "56" Thomas Bowden & Greg Chenoweth
2nd Place "58" Harry House & Kirk House
3rd Place "60" Joseph Colarusso & Mark Neumann

Longest Drive: Harry House
Closest to the Hole: Matthew Arguile

Click here for complete results

2011 Points Cup

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.

Current Standings


1) 89 points GREGORY JACOBS
2) 84 points GREG BAUMANN
3) 78 points RICHARD A BECKMAN
4) 75 points KEN WOLFF
5) 70 points KEN MERSCHEIM
6) 70 points PETER SERTIC
7) 70 points ALVIN PAK
8) 70 points SCOTT F STEWART
9) 69 points RAY NOSSE
10) 68 points RONALD PETERSON

Championship Flight

Greg Jacobs 83 points
Scott Stewart 70 points
Ken Merscheim 64 points

A Flight

Alvin Pak 70 points
Dale Kelly-Cochrane 67 points
Eric Diaz 62 points

B Flight

Richard Beckman 70 points
Ray Nosse 69 points
Ken Wolff 65 points

C Flight

John Georgeson 64 points
Greg Chenoweth 63 points
Don Western 63 points

Wednesday Sweeps

Wednesday Play for ERMGC Members

If you want friendly golf competition and have a chance to earn gift certificates to purchase items from the Golf Shop, sign up for a tee time between 7:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. You may sign up as a single, with a friend, or a group of four. All sign-ups must be members of the Men’s Club. All participants pay an entry fee of $5. Each participant signs up for his appropriate flight and tee.

Every golfer can win a gift certificate redeemable at the pro shop for placing in their flight.
In addition, every player has an opportunity to win a $10 gift certificate for being closest to the hole, or having the long drive in their flight.

Also, on the first Wednesday of each month you have an opportunity to place a wager in our "Beat the Pro" contest. Whatever amount you wager, if your net score beats the pro you will get a gift certificate equal to double your wager. If your net score ties or loses to the pro, you still get a certificate equal to the amount you have wagered. You can’t lose!

Following are the parameters for flights and tees assignments:

Flight Tees Index Scores
Championship Blue N/A Gross
A Net Blue 10.0 and lower Net
B Net Green 10.1 to 15.0 Net
C Net White 15.1 and higher Net

Visit our website for additional information on ERMGC Wednesday Play.

Hope to see you on Wednesdays. Support your Men's Club and hone your golf skills through friendly competition.

Rich Busby – Wednesday Play Chairman

2011 Sweeps Low Gross Leaderboard

A Flight - "70" Doug Stark (7/13/11)
B Flight - "75" Tom Moore (8/24/11)
C Flight - "81" William Gladstone (7/20/11), Len Arinello (8/10/11)

Club Membership

Annual Membership Dues:

Renewals for the 2012 season will start on October 1st, 2011 and will close on December 10th 2011.

The renewal fee is $75. New member fee is $95.

Any renewals processed after the deadline will be subject to a new member fee. All past and new members may join at this time and play the remainder of the 2011 season and all of the 2012 season.

The Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club (ERMGC) is open to all applicants, 18 years of age and older. The $95 membership fee includes membership in the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) and a handicap index. All applicants, NEW and RENEWALS, must fill out this online form completely every year and all application fees are valid for the entire 2011 calendar year.

Recent Rulings

3-3/8 Competitor Picks Up Second Ball

In stroke play, a competitor, uncertain whether the road his ball lies on is an obstruction or not, invokes Rule 3-3. He plays his original ball as it lies on the road and a second ball under Rule 24-2b(i), telling his marker he wishes his score with the second ball to count if the Rules permit. Having hit his original ball onto the green and the second ball into a bunker, the competitor picks up the second ball, holes out with the original ball and plays from the next tee. At this point the matter is referred to the Committee, which establishes that the road on which the competitor's ball lay was an obstruction. What is the ruling?

Since the road on which the competitor's ball lay was an obstruction and therefore Rule 24-2b(i) allowed the procedure selected by the competitor, the score with the second (or selected) ball would have counted if it had been holed out. However, since the competitor did not hole out with that ball, he is disqualified -- Rule 3-2.

If, on the other hand, the road had not been an obstruction, there would have been no penalty. In that case, since the Rules would not have allowed the selected procedure, a score with the second ball would not have counted, and the competitor's score with his original ball would have been his score for the hole. There is no penalty for picking up a ball played under Rule 3-3 if that ball cannot count.