February 2013 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

Director Voting

Please go to the following link and vote for the panel of Directors for the club.
Thank you
The Board of ERMGC

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Tournament News

2013 2 Man Scramble Tournament

Sunday, February 17th, 2013
Tee times starting at 10:00AM

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The Men's Club would like to thank Shadowridge Country Club for sponsoring the 2013 ERMGC 2 Man Scramble Tournament.

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February Format

Format: 2-Man teams. Each team member hits from the tee on each hole. The team selects one of the tee shots and all team members hit from that location. The procedure is repeated until the ball is holed. The winner is the team with the lowest score for 18 holes. The Championship Flight plays to scratch. Team handicaps (as described below) will be subtracted from gross scores in the A, B and C Net flights. Handicap Calculation: The team handicap is based on the February 1st index of each team member. There can be no more than a 6 stroke difference in team members handicaps, from lowest to highest. The team handicap (per the USGA recommendation) of taking 35% of the lower course adjusted handicap team member and 15% of the higher course adjusted handicap team member. Tees and Tee Shot Requirements: The Championship and A Net flights will play from the blue tees. The B Net flight will play from the green tees. The C Net Flight will play from the white tees. The team must use at least four tee shot from each member on the front nine and at least four tee shot from each member on the back nine. Mark the initials of the team member whose drive was used on each hole. Your team will be disqualified if these requirements are not met. Par 3’s count as a tee shot.

2012 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: BRET FARNUM/KEN MERSCHEIM

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Tournament Results

2013 Stroke Play Tournament Results

Sunday, January 13, 2013

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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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Championship Flight

  1. Scott Stewart
  2. Dennis Aiken

Longest Drive: Scott Stewart
Closest to the Hole: Scott Stewart

A Flight

  1. Greg Baumann
  2. George Scharrenweber
  3. John Famulare

Longest Drive: George Scharrenweber
Closest to the Hole: Greg Baumann

B Flight

  1. Robert Vargas
  2. Sean Galleher
  3. Mark Grassi

Longest Drive: Robert P. Miller
Closest to the Hole: Milo Hama

C Flight

  1. D. Scott Bloom
  2. Jon Bettis
  3. Peter Sertic

Longest Drive: D. Scott Bloom
Closest to the Hole: D. Scott Bloom

Click here for complete results

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:

  • Jack Mancino
  • Todd Laird
  • John Burchianti
  • Dave Hauri
  • John Orndorff
  • Louis Hock
  • Geff Ward
  • Jason Frank
  • Jeffrey Lewis
  • John Willis

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!

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

The Rules Column

My Golf Ball Moved!

Your ball in play was at rest and it moved—what do you do? These situations are governed by Rule 18 – Ball at Rest Moved. Your actions depend on what caused the ball to move. In nearly every situation, if the ball was not moved by your stroke (forward movement of the club with the INTENTION of striking at and moving the ball), the ball must be replaced.

First, let’s deal with the rare situation in which a ball is NOT replaced. New in 2012, an exception under 18-2b Ball Moving After Address states “If it is known or virtually certain that the player did not cause his ball to move, Rule 18-2b does not apply.” Decision 18-2b/11 explains that if the ball is moved by wind or water after address, it must be played from its new position and no penalty would apply. This rule change was primarily intended to cover problems with the wind moving the ball on fast putting greens. Gravity is not in itself an element that should be considered when applying this exception, so “unless it is known or virtually certain that some agency other than gravity caused the ball to move after address, the player is subject to a one stroke penalty under Rule 18-2b and must replace the ball.” Also introduced in 2012 is a new definition of Addressing the Ball. That definition reads: A player has “addressed the ball” when he has grounded his club immediately in front of or immediately behind the ball whether or not he has taken his stance.

Other than noted in the 18-2b exception, if a ball in play and at rest is moved by anyone or any outside agency (dog, equipment, another ball, flagstick, etc.) it must be replaced. If the player, his partner, or either of their caddies or equipment causes the ball in play to move, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke. If the ball moves AFTER the player has begun to make a stroke and the stroke is made, the ball would not be replaced—the ball would be played from wherever it lies as a result of the stroke, and the player incurs a penalty of one stroke. There are a few situations when a player is not penalized for accidentally causing his ball to move, including when searching for a ball covered by sand, when removing loose impediments on the putting green, and when in the specific act of marking or replacing a ball on the putting green.

A couple of common situations…

• A player is making practice swings near his ball in play and accidentally moves his ball. Since he did not intend to make a stroke at the ball, the ball must be replaced and the player incurs a one stroke penalty.
• A player addresses his ball on the tee, and the ball is nudged off the tee or falls off the tee. There is no penalty because the ball was not in play until a stroke had been made at the ball. The ball may be replaced on the tee or moved to another location on the teeing ground.
• Someone mistakenly plays your ball. You must PLACE a ball on the spot of the original lie. If the original lie is not known, you must DROP a ball as near as possible to where it lay. If the original lie has been altered, see Rule 20-3b.

In stroke play, if your ball at rest and in play is moved by anyone or anything (except wind or water) other than you, your partner, or either of your caddies or equipment, it must be replaced and there is no penalty. This includes a ball moved by another ball in motion, by a fellow competitor or his caddie or his equipment, by a spectator, or by a bird.

In match play, if your ball at rest and in play is moved by your opponent or his caddie or his equipment, it must be replaced and the opponent incurs a penalty of one stroke. However, if your opponent moves your ball during a search for your ball, no penalty would apply and the ball would be replaced.

General principles in summary regarding a ball in play and at rest:
1. If a ball moves after the player has addressed it, the ball must be replaced unless it was moved by the wind.
2. If a ball is caused to move by anyone (player, opponent, fellow competitor, spectator) or any outside agency (another ball in motion, animal, flagstick), it must be replaced.
3. If the player caused the ball to move, he incurs a one stroke penalty. If the opponent (match play) caused the ball to move—except during a search—he incurs a one stroke penalty. If a fellow competitor (stroke play) caused the ball to move, no one is penalized.
4. A ball has moved if it comes to rest in a new position. If a ball merely oscillates, but returns to its original position, it is not deemed to have moved. If a ball was resting on grass and slipped downward, it has moved
5. If the lie of a ball to be replaced has been altered or the ball will not stay in the original position when replaced, see Rule 20-3b and 20-3d.