October 2013 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Club Membership

Membership will reopen October 1 for 2014. The renewal period is from October 1-December 10. The Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club (ERMGC) is open to all applicants, 18 years of age and older. The $95 new membership fee and the $78 renewal 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 2014 calendar year. If you sign up between October 1 and December 10, you membership will also include full privileges for the rest of the current year. If you renew your membership after December 10, you will be charged the "new" member rate of $95.

Tournament News

2013 Blind Draw Irish Rumble Tournament

October 20, 2013

FORMAT Format: Four-man teams, 18 holes of stroke play, It is a Best Ball format played where the best single score is recorded for the first six holes (1-6); the best two scores are recorded for the next six holes (7-12); the best three scores are recorded on the next five holes (13-17); and on the last hole (18), all four scores are recorded for the team. All players will use handicaps based on October 1st Current Index. All players will play from the green tee box.

Just added. This is going to be an 11AM shotgun with food and drink to follow. The food and beverages are a courtesy of Encinitas Ranch. It will be a fall theme for the food and Erik will have a keg of beer for us to partake of. This after party is open to all members whether you play in the tournament or not, but we would like to have a large participation to show our support for ER. Following the golf, we will be discussing changes going on at the course as well as club business.

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2012 Defending Champions

The Rules Column


New Pace of Play Rules Coming in October

You cannot have missed the latest mandate in the game: we must improve the pace of play. The USGA
has vigorously promoted speedy play with the “While we’re young…” campaign. This spring the SCGA
introduced a radically different policy to speed play in its events, and it has been remarkably successful.
Even the pro tours have become more willing to put players on the clock and assess penalties for slow play.

Encinitas Ranch Golf Course management will place new emphasis on pace of play with introduction
of cutting edge policy beginning later this year. The clearly stated objective of the policy is to get all
players around the course quickly. Early groups will be expected to finish in 4 hours or less. Later
groups will be expected to finish in 4 hours 30 minutes or less. Expect all groups to be monitored by golf
course staff through the first nine holes. If your group has fallen out of position after four holes, you
will be asked to catch up by the completion of nine holes. If you are still out of position after nine holes,
there are provisions in the policy to ask your group to discontinue play for the day and accept a refund

Beginning in October, the Men’s Club will adopt a policy based on the successful SCGA model. Simply
stated, the players are responsible for maintaining their position on the golf course and finishing
within the allotted time. If a group 1) fails to complete the round within the allotted time, AND 2) fails
to finish within 14 minutes of the group in front of them, each player in the group is subject to a two-stroke penalty.

BOTH conditions 1) and 2) above must apply before a penalty would be imposed. This means that slow
play in front of you would not put your group at risk of penalty—provided that you are consistently
maintaining your position immediately behind the group ahead.

Exemption from the two-stroke penalty will be considered in exceptional circumstances. For example, if
your group was consistently in position throughout the round but fell out of position during play of the
last hole due to a ball search or an extending ruling, a penalty might be waived.

A key premise of this policy is that the players must monitor themselves. If your group has one or
two slow players who are putting the group at risk, it is incumbent on others in the group to bring the
concern to the attention of the offender(s) and request that they pick up the pace. If there is no positive
response, a Player’s Assistant should be notified of the situation, and the PA can be asked to time each
player in the group. If timing and observation confirmed that one individual was causing the delay, a
penalty would be applied only to the offender.

We expect to refine the Men’s Club POP policy and mesh with the golf course policy as we go forward.
Working together, we will all benefit from more efficient golf and shorter rounds.

Tournament Results

2013 Club Championship Results

September 7-8, 21-22 2013

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Championship Flight


A Flight


B Flight


C Flight


Click here for complete results

Wednesday Sweeps

Wednesday Play for ERMGC Members

The Wednesday October 2 Sweeps play will take place at Twin Oaks in a shotgun. This is due to the aeration at ER on September 30. Please contact the pro shop at ER to let them know if you are going to play at Twin Oaks. 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