November 2013 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Club Membership

Membership will opened 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

Tournament: 2013 Stableford, November 10, 2013

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127 S El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-1086

Hours: By appointment
Hours: Mon - Sat, 8am - 6pm; Sun, 8:30am - 5pm

Format: The Stableford Tournament is an individual 18-hole event. Points are added or subtracted on each hole depending on your net score for that hole (gross score in the Championship Flight). The winner is the competitor who scores the highest number of points. Championship and A Flights play from the blue tees, B Flight plays from the green tees, and C Flight plays from the white tees.
Scoring Points are added or subtracted on each hole as follows:

Double Bogey/other -3 points
Bogey -1 points
Par 0 points
Birdie +2 pointsEagle +5 points
Double Eagle +8 points

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2012 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight:Tim Dudek
  • A Flight: Greg Baumann
  • B Flight: Mark Weber
  • C Flight: Paul Latchford

Tournament Results

2013 Blind Draw Irish Rumble Results

October 20, 2013

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B Flight


Click here for complete results


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

  • Tony Avarello

  • The Rules Column

    “Dropping and Re-Dropping”

    There are many situations when a player is required to drop a ball under the rules. The requirement to drop a ball is so prevalent that it is almost impossible to complete a round without someone in your group finding it necessary to use this procedure. It seems like such a simple thing, but there is a whole lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding how and where to drop, and when a re-drop is necessary. The details are covered in Rule 20 – Lifting, Dropping and First, How to Drop. Placing; Playing from Wrong Place.

    First, How to Drop. Only the player may drop the ball. He must stand erect, hold the ball at arm’s length and shoulder height, and drop it. If a ball is dropped by anyone else or in any other manner, and the error is not corrected, the player incurs a penalty of one stroke. Do not just take a ball out of your bag and toss it to the ground.

    Next, Where to Drop. Depending on the operative rule, a player may be required to drop:

    • • As near as possible to a specific spot. (Examples: a ball played from the fairway may be lost or out of bounds and the player wants to play a provisional ball; taking relief from embedded ball.)
    • • Within one club length of the nearest point of relief. (Examples: taking relief without penalty from an obstruction or ground under repair.)
    • • Within two club lengths of a specific reference point. (Examples: taking relief from a lateral water hazard (26-1c) or unplayable lie (28-c) with a one stroke penalty.)
    • • On a line behind a specific reference point, keeping the reference point between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped. (Examples: taking relief from a water hazard (26-1b) or unplayable lie (28-b) with a one stroke penalty.)

    The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the course where the applicable rule requires it to be dropped (prescribed area).

    Finally, When to Re-Drop: Now it gets tricky…

    • 1. What if the ball first hits the ground closer to the hole than the prescribed area? This is considered a “no drop” and you start again, taking care to drop within the prescribed area.
    • 2. What if the ball first strikes within the prescribed area, but then rolls closer to the hole than the original position or reference point? The ball must be re-dropped. If the ball when re-dropped rolls closer to the hole again, the ball is lifted and placed at the point where it first touched the course on the re-drop.
    • 3. What if the dropped ball rolls out of the prescribed area? (Pay attention: many golfers get this wrong.) If the ball lands within the prescribed area, but rolls and comes to rest less than two club lengths from where it first struck the course, and no closer to the hole than the original position or reference point—don’t touch it! The ball does NOT have to come to rest within the prescribed drop area. The dropped ball is IN PLAY even though it has rolled out of the prescribed drop area, as long as it comes to rest less than two club lengths from the spot where it landed.
    • 4. What if you drop a ball to take relief without penalty from an obstruction or GUR, and the drop does not provide relief? For example, if you address a ball you have dropped to take relief from a cart path and your heel is still on the cart path. Don’t play the ball! You cannot decide that you like the lie of the ball where it came to rest and the stance on the cart path is just fine. You MUST take complete relief from the condition (including lie of the ball, stance, and area of intended swing), and a re-drop is required.
    • 5. What if you drop a ball to take relief from an unplayable lie under penalty of one stroke, and the ball rolls into a similar position where it is difficult to play your stroke? Bad break, but no re-drop. This ball is IN PLAY! Unlike relief from an obstruction or GUR, there is risk in seeking relief from an unplayable lie—you get what you get, no guarantee. If you elect not to play the dropped ball, with an ADDITIONAL penalty stroke you may drop again, using the new position of the ball as the reference point. Note to player: consider all relief options (there are three) and possible outcomes when faced with an unplayable lie.
    • 6. What if the ball you drop hits your foot or the club you laid down to measure? A re-drop is required—get your equipment and yourself out of the way next time. But what if the ball strikes a tee you placed to mark the prescribed drop area? This ball is IN PLAY—don’t touch it. A tee or other small object such as a coin is not considered to be a player’s equipment when used to mark the position of a ball or the extent of an area in which a ball is to be dropped.

    Some “mistakes” when dropping or re-dropping will not result in penalty if corrected before a stroke is made at the dropped ball. Let’s say you drop a ball two club lengths from your nearest point of relief from a cart path, but—before you play the stroke—your fellow competitor reminds you that you only get one club length. No problem, pick it up and drop it within the prescribed area. However, if you get the reminder AFTER you have played the dropped ball, add two strokes for playing from a wrong place.

    Be aware of when your ball is IN PLAY, and do not lift a ball in play unless you are certain that you will take relief or that a drop or re-drop is required.

    • • Let’s say your ball is on a cart path bordered on one side by thick bushes and on the other side by light rough. Your ball is IN PLAY on the path, and before you lift it to take relief, determine where your nearest point of relief would be. If the nearest point is on the side of the path bordered by shrubbery, you may want to play it off the path rather than drop it in the bushes. If you have lifted your ball, it will cost you a one stroke penalty to replace it on the path. If you incorrectly drop and play from the light rough, you will incur a two stoke penalty for playing from a wrong place.
    • • Now, let’s say your ball is rolling down a slope away from the prescribed area where you dropped it in taking relief from a sprinkler control box. You instinctively stop it with your foot so that you don’t have to go and retrieve it. Sorry, play from where you stopped the ball and add two strokes for influencing the movement of the ball. You should have waited until the ball came to rest, or at least until it rolled more than two club lengths from where it landed when dropped.

    Drops and Re-Drops are performed in nearly every round, but that doesn’t make this part of the game a no-brainer. The information above is only a summary of basics. Rule 20 – Lifting, Dropping and Placing; Playing from Wrong Place takes up 39 pages in the USGA Decisions book—more pages than any other rule except Rule 33 – The Committee. This fact alone suggests that you dig out your rule book and take a refresher course.

    Dick Beckman – October 2013

    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