May 2013 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Policy & Guidelines for Score Posting and Competitions During Bunker Restoration

Beginning Monday, May 13, and continuing for about 10 weeks Encinitas Ranch will be restoring bunkers throughout the course. All bunkers will receive new sand, drainage, and restoration of the original shaping. During this period, each of the original holes will be taken out of play for several days at a time. When a hole is out of play, original hole #11 will be split into 11A and 11B. Hole 11A will play approx. 100-120 yards as a par three and 11B will play approx. 374-426 yards as a par four. Course management has made a special effort to provide a fine golf experience for our enjoyment during the improvement process.

Depending on which hole is out of play for bunker restoration, the course will become a par 69, 70, or 71. To maintain the integrity of our handicaps, we must adopt special guidelines for posting of scores for rounds played at Encinitas Ranch.

Score Posting
Because the golf course has not been rated with holes #11A & #11B, a modified posting procedure will be implemented. The basis of this procedure will be to always post your score by deleting scores for holes 11A and 11B—replacing those scores with NET PAR on the holes that are out of play. Net par will be determined by the tees played and the handicap ranking of the holes out of play. Original hole #11 and one other hole will be out of play.

Example #1 – Playing from Blue tees with course handicap of 11:
• Hole #1 is out of play (par-four with handicap ranking of 15) – post score of 4 (not a stoke hole).
• Original hole #11 is out of play (par-five with handicap ranking of 10) – post score of 6 (stroke hole).

Example #2 – Playing from the Green tees with course handicap of 15:
• Hole #3 is out of play (par-five with handicap ranking of 5) – post score of 6 (stroke hole).
• Original hole #11 is out of play (par-five with handicap ranking of 10) – post score of 6 (stroke hole).

Note: Equitable Stroke Control will apply as always for posting purposes on all original holes actually played. The NET PAR scores will apply only to your posted scored, not to results in Men’s Club competitions.

Men’s Club Competitions
All Men’s Club events scheduled during the Bunker Restoration project are stroke play (not match play) competitions. We WILL NOT ADJUST INDEXES OR COURSE HANDICAPS during the renovation—even though we may be playing a course that is not par 72.

When you play an event like Wednesday Sweeps or the Combo where course handicaps are deducted from the total, record your gross scores for all holes actually played and your course handicap—FOR THE ORIGINAL COURSE—will be deducted from the total.

When you play a partner/team event like the SCGA Better Ball (June) or the Member-Guest (July), record the NET better ball of partners as the team score on all original holes actually played (these holes have handicap rankings). Hole 11B (a par-four) will be deemed to have a handicap ranking of 10 to determine better ball of partners. Record better GROSS score of partners on hole 11A—NO STROKES WILL BE AWARDED on this hole, regardless of course handicaps.

Additional Notes
• Special scorecards will be available each day to ensure that golf course is properly represented on the specific day of play.
• During the bunker restoration project, please feel free to inquire in the pro shop (Erik Johnson, Chris Locke, or Cory Chapman) or Men’s Club President ( if you have any questions or concerns. We are very excited that by this fall we will have a spectacular golf course product for all of us to enjoy.
• Throughout the period and into the fall, course maintenance will also continue the soil remediation program that will be vital to the continued improvement of the turf coverage on the course.

ERMGC Board of Directors
May 2013

Tournament News

2013 SCGA Qualifier Tournament

Sunday, June 9th, 2013

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June Format

Format:Two-man teams, 18 holes of stroke play, with the better net score of the partners to count as the team score on each hole. All flights will use handicaps based on June Current Index. The maximum allowable handicap differential between partners is five strokes. If the higher handicap of partners is more than five strokes greater than the lower handicap, the higher handicap will be reduced. The team with the best NET score total from the BLUE TEES will have the opportunity to represent ERMGC in the SCGA 4-Ball Tournament Qualifier in August.

2012 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: KEN MERSCHEIM

Register Today!



The Board of the Encinitas Ranch Men’s Golf Club is pleased to announce that starting
April 1st someone you know can join the Men’s club for $75.00 for the rest of the 2013 season. By
getting the application in early there is still time to get the required two tournament
rounds in to be able to participate in the Club Championship in September.

Please take the time to think about who you might know who would enjoy joining and who would enjoy the comradeship of tournament play.

Sign up today as this offer is only good April 1st to June 30th, 2013.

Register today using the membership link on the home page.

The Board Members of Encinitas Ranch

Tournament Results

2013 Poinsettia CupResults

Sunday, May 4-5, 2013

Sponsored by: Islands Restaurants

The Men's Club would like to thank Ray Nosse of Islands Restaurants for sponsoring the 2013 Poinsettia Cup Tournament.


Championship Flight


A Flight


B Flight


C Flight


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:

  • Mark Muir
  • Tim Sexton
  • Justin Lonson
  • Steve Anderson
  • Don Lucarelli
  • Jim Dunlap
  • Eric Shenyo
  • Tom Kinney
  • Bryan Beery

The Rules Column

“Leave Your Ball Where It Is?”

Your ball is on the putting green, near to the hole, and your fellow competitor or opponent requests
that you leave it in place—thinking that it might serve as a backstop to his approach from off the green.
Are you required to leave your ball where it lies as requested? Absolutely not!

This is governed by Rule 22 - Ball Assisting or Interfering with Play. A player is entitled to mark and lift
his ball on the putting green at any time.
Exception: when another ball is in motion, a ball that might
influence the movement of the ball in motion may not be lifted. In fact, if two players agree not to lift a
ball that might assist another player, both players are disqualified (Decision 22/6).

In a situation where Player A’s ball is near the hole and player B is approaching from off the putting
green, A is not required to mark and lift his ball, but Player C may request that A’s ball be lifted before B
makes his stroke—to protect himself and the field (Decision 22/7). A must comply.

In the same situation as above, Player A’s ball is near the hole and might assist Player B’s approach
from off the putting green, A states his intention to mark and lift his ball. However, B makes his stroke
without giving A the opportunity to lift his ball. B is disqualified as he intentionally denied A’s right to lift
his ball (Decision 3-4/1).

If A and B are partners, can they agree to leave A’s ball in place near the hole while B plays from off the
green? Yes, such an agreement is within the rules, but A’s ball must be lifted if their fellow competitors
or opponents request that it be lifted.

Let’s say Player A has played from a greenside bunker and is not immediately available to mark and
lift his ball near the hole. May another player mark and lift the ball? Yes, under Rule 20-1 Lifting and
the ball may be marked and lifted by the player, his partner, or another person authorized by
the player. When the ball is to be replaced, it may be replaced by the player, his partner or the person
who lifted the ball.

It is always advisable to mark and lift your ball on the putting green if it might assist another player, or to
request that the ball be lifted if it is not your ball.

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