January 2013 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

Tournament News

2013 Stroke Play Golf Tournament

Sunday, January 13, 2013
Tee times starting at 10:00AM

sponsored by:

The Men's Club would like to thank John Gothard and Sanuk Footwear for sponsoring the 2013 ERMGC Stroke Play Golf Tournament.

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18 holes individual stroke play. The Championship Flight plays at scratch. Net flights use handicaps based on January 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.

2012 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: Dennis Aiken "74"
  • A Flight: Ray Chandler "69"
  • B Flight: Bob Burke "66"
  • C Flight: Jim Tindaro "65"

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Tournament Results

2012 Points Cup Championship

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.

Congratulations to this year's winners

Championship Flight

  1. Tim Dudek
  2. Greg Jacobs
  3. Dennis Aiken
  4. Brad Baumann

A Flight

  1. John Gothard
  2. Greg Baumann
  3. Ray Nosse
  4. Ken Wolff

B Flight

  1. Milo Hama
  2. Pete Zupko
  3. Ron Peterson
  4. John Georgeson

C Flight

  1. Rich Busby
  2. William Gladstone
  3. William Bettis
  4. Peter Sertic

2012 Fall Stroke Play Tournament

Sunday, December 2, 2012

sponsored by:

Bill Dean and ERGA (Encinitas Ranch Golf Authority, the governing board for the golf course), Rod Linville and the rest of the wonderful, helpful staff at the golf course. The Encinitas Ranch Men’s Golf Club appreciates the support and cooperation that we receive from the Encinitas Ranch Golf Authority. We thank you for your continued efforts to improve the function, the beauty, and the golf experience at our home course.


Championship Flight

  1. Dennis Aiken "74"
  2. Daniel Bay "78"
  3. Erik Myhro "80"

Longest Drive: Daniel Bay
Closest to the Hole: Dennis Aiken

A Flight

  1. John Gothard "69" (cardoff)
  2. Greg Baumann "69"
  3. David Barker "71"

Longest Drive: James Heiser
Closest to the Hole: David Barker

B Flight

  1. Ron Peterson "69"
  2. Lou Kessing "73"
  3. Daniel Silverstein "73"

Longest Drive: Jeffrey Bloom
Closest to the Hole: Lou Kessing

C Flight

  1. William Gladstone "67"
  2. Jim Tindaro "71" (cardoff)
  3. Mark Neumann "71"

Longest Drive: Rich Busby
Closest to the Hole: William Gladstone

Click here for complete results

38th SCGA Tournament of Club Champions Tournament Results

A big congratulations goes out to Ken Wolff who took 3rd place in the 38th SCGA Tournament of Club Champions at Mission Hills Country Club, Pete Dye Course on Monday December 10th.

Club Membership

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 2013 calendar year.

Please join us in welcoming the following
new and returning members to the Club:

  • Jeremy Lyons
  • Daniel Jackson
  • Eric Abrahamson
  • Thomas Ostasik

Wednesday Sweeps

2012 Sweeps Low Gross Leaderboard

  • A Flight - "71" Larry Freeman (3/14/12), Flint Locke (8/22/12)
  • B Flight - "74" Gary Bader (9/5/12)
  • C Flight - "75" Rock Capabianco (5/23/12)

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!

The following are flight parameters for tee assignments:

Flight Tees Index Score
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. www.ermgc.org

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

Rich Busby – Wednesday Play Chairman

Recent Rulings

Relief from Water Hazards at Encinitas Ranch

Men’s Club Guide to Basics

Relief Options – Rule 26 Water Hazards

There are a number of holes on the course where an errant shot could find its way into a Lateral Water Hazard—areas marked with red stakes. Options are summarized below.

  1. If you find your ball within the hazard, you may play it as it lies with no penalty.
  2. If you don’t find it (or find it and choose not to play it), with a one-stroke penalty under 26-1 you may:
    1. Play a ball as near as possible to the spot where the previous stroke was made. The ball must be dropped at that spot, unless it was played from the teeing ground. If played from the teeing ground, the ball may be teed.
    2. Drop a ball BEHIND the hazard, keeping the point at which the ball last crossed the margin of the hazard directly between the flagstick and the spot where the ball is to be dropped. There is no limit to how far behind the hazard the ball may be dropped.
    3. Drop a ball outside the hazard within two club lengths of the point where the original ball last crossed the margin of the hazard, but no nearer the hole than that point.
    4. Drop a ball in the DROPPING ZONE, but only if there is a clearly marked drop area.

A few key points…

  • If a ball is headed in the direction of a lateral water hazard, watch closely so you can establish the point where the ball crossed the margin of the hazard.
  • For relief to be taken on the far side of the hazard, it must be “known or virtually certain” that the ball LANDED BEYOND the margin of the hazard. If there is any doubt that the ball landed beyond the margin, relief may not be taken beyond the hazard.
  • Look for Dropping Zones on Holes #7, #8, and #17. Note: dropping zones can be used in Wednesday Sweeps, but are NOT used in Men’s Club Weekend Tournaments.

Provisional Ball – Local Rule

Normally, a provisional ball is permitted only when the original ball may be lost outside a water hazard or may be out of bounds. However, Men’s Club Local Rules allow a provisional ball to be played under Rule 26 – Water Hazards when it would delay play to go forward and determine the location of the original when played toward a water hazard. The Local Rule is printed below (from Appendix I, Part B of the Rules of Golf).

If there is doubt whether a ball is in or is lost in the water hazard, the player may play another ball provisionally under any of the applicable options in Rule 26-1.
If the original ball is found outside the water hazard, the player must continue play with it.
If the original ball is found in the water hazard, the player may either play the original ball as it lies or continue with the ball played provisionally under Rule 26-1. (But may not take relief under 26-1 with the original.)
If the original ball is not found or identified within the five-minute search period, the player must continue with the ball played provisionally.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE: Match Play – Loss of Hole; Stroke Play – Two Strokes.

Note that the provisional may be played from any of the available locations for relief outlined above (2-a, b, c, or d). Be sure to announce your intention to play a provisional ball. If no announcement is made, the additional ball becomes the ball in play and the original ball is considered lost.

Trouble Spots on the Course: Areas NOT MARKED AS HAZARDS

  • Hole #5 – The hillside in front of and below the green/white tees is NOT a hazard. This area is “in play” and no relief under 26-1 is available. A ball in this area may be lost, so it is recommended that a provisional ball be played from the tee. If the ball is found, but deemed to be unplayable, the only options are described in Rule 28 – Ball Unplayable.
  • Hole #7 – The hillside to the right of the fairway is NOT a hazard. This area is “in play” and a ball in this area may be lost. A provisional is recommended if your ball is played into this area. Lateral hazard stakes are positioned at the crest of the hill, but relief under 26-1 would not be available unless it was “known or virtually certain” that the ball crossed beyond the margin—that is, over the crest of the hill. If the ball is found on the hillside, but deemed to be unplayable, the only options are described in Rule 28.
  • Hole #14 – The area in front of the teeing ground is NOT a hazard. This area is “in play” and a ball in this area may be lost. A provisional is recommended if your tee ball is played into this area. If the original is found, it may be played or declared unplayable. If declared unplayable, see options in Rule 28.

The areas described (Holes #5, #7, and #14), have heavy brush, ice plant, or other concealing vegetation. In each of these situations it may be difficult to find a ball. Playing a provisional ball is recommended. You are not obligated to search for your original ball, but if you search and the original is found the PROVISIONAL MUST BE ABANDONED. You must either play the original ball as it lies, or declare it unplayable. You cannot declare the original ball unplayable and then continue play with the provisional—you must abandon the provisional ball and proceed with options for relief under Rule 28. Keep this in mind before you start to look for your original.