March 2013 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Tournament News

2013 39er Tournament

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

sponsored by:

The Men's Club would like to thank Shadowridge Country Club for sponsoring the 2013 39er Tournament.

March Format

Format – The “39” Tournament is a points based format similar to a Stableford point system. Every player starts with a score of 39 and then subtracts his handicap from that. Play is then scored like a reverse Stableford. The Championship Flight plays to scratch. The lowest score wins, and so on. There are no stroke holes as your strokes or handicap are subtracted at the start. This is an individual stroke play event. Scoring – Points are subtracted on each hole as follows:
Double Bogey/other 0 points
Bogey 1 point
Par 2 points
Birdie 3 points
Eagle 4 points
Double Eagle 5 points

2012 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: Ken Merscheim
  • A Flight:John Gothard
  • B Flight: Ray Nosse
  • C Flight: Peter Sertic

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Tournament Results

2013 2 man Scramble Tournament Results

Sunday,February 17, 2013

Sponsored by: Shadowridge Country Club

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


Championship Flight


Longest Drive: Denny Aiken
Closest to the Hole: Denny Aiken

A Flight


Longest Drive: Kerry Bedard
Closest to the Hole: John Famulare

B Flight


Longest Drive: Mark Grassi
Closest to the Hole: Jerry Dunn

C Flight


Longest Drive: Brooks Carder
Closest to the Hole: Jeremy Lyons

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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:

  • Robert Wilkes
  • Michael Lambert
  • Ken Richter

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.

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

Rules Relating to Aeration of the Golf Course

Several times each year, we will play ERMGC events after the course has been aerated. The
Rules of Golf do not permit relief without penalty from aeration holes, but there is an option to
adopt a Local Rule granting free relief when warranted by course conditions.

Effective immediately, the Local Rule will be in effect for Men’s Club competitions held within
two weeks after the course has been aerated. The complete text of the rule is included below,
followed by a few comments.

Encinitas Ranch Men’s Golf Club
Local Rules
Addendum – Aeration

This addendum supplements the published Local Rules for Encinitas Ranch Men’s Golf
Club when warranted by course conditions.

When the golf course has been aerated, relief without penalty from aeration holes is permitted
as follows (from The Rules of Golf Appendix I Part B-4d).

Through the green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be lifted,
without penalty, cleaned and dropped, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not
nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course through the

On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in or on an aeration hole may be placed at
the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

Some comments…
• “Through the Green” is defined as all areas of the course, except putting greens,
bunkers, and water hazards.
• Through the green, if the ball when dropped comes to rest again in or on an aeration
hole, it must be redropped. If the redropped ball is in the same condition, it must be
placed where it first landed on the second drop.
• The plugs of compacted soil remaining after aeration are treated as loose impediments
and may be removed by the player, so long as the removal does not cause the ball to
• Putting greens are sanded following aeration. Sand is considered a loose impediment
on the putting green—but only on the putting green—and may be brushed away from
the line of putt. The player may use any means of removing the sand, including his
hand, club, cap, or towel. Sand elsewhere on the course, including the fringe of the
putting green is NOT a loose impediment, and may not be removed without penalty.
• An aeration hole may NOT be repaired like you might repair a pitch mark. Relief is only
permitted if your ball comes to rest in or on an aeration hole. There is no relief from
aeration holes on your line of putt.