January 2014 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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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 new membership fee includes membership in the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) and a handicap index. Your membership also allows you to play in our monthly Sunday tournaments as well as our Wednesday sweeps, which is a weekly event that you can win scrip for the golf shop. 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.

Tournament News

Tournament: 2014 January Stroke Play, January 26, 2014

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Start the year off with golf and join us in this first tournament of the year.

Format: 18 holes individual stroke play. The Championship Flight plays at scratch. Net flights use handicaps based on January 1st Index. Championship and A Flights play from the blue tees, B Flight plays from the green tees, and C Flight plays from the white tees.

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2013 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: Erik Myhro
  • A Flight: Greg Baumann
  • B Flight: Robert Vargas
  • C Flight: Mark Neumann

Tournament Results

2013 December Stroke Play Results

December 1, 2013

Sponsored by: Erik Johnson and the ERGA Board

You can now look at all the stats, both from you and other players, from the tournaments, starting with this one, by going to the GHIN results page


Championship Flight


Longest Drive: DAVID BARKER
Closest to the Hole: JAMES MCCOY

A Flight


Closest to the Hole: RAY NOSSE

B Flight


Longest Drive: ROBERT A VARGAS
Closest to the Hole: MILO HAMA

C Flight


Closest to the Hole: WILLIAM GLADSTONE

Click here for complete results


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

  • John Burchianti
  • Steven Eck
  • Sean Firtel
  • Stephen Johnson
  • Kyle Naccarato
  • Art Prast
  • Peter Taylor
  • Stephen Baere

The Rules Column

“Who is Entitled to Lift, Drop, Place or Replace?”

One of the basic principles behind the Rules of Golf is “Put your ball in play at the start of the hole, play only your own ball and do not touch it until you lift it from the hole.” This would suggest that we are prohibited from putting our hands on the ball once it is in play, and that is generally true. Yet—as every golfer knows—the rules do permit lifting the ball in play in a wide range of circumstances.

We are allowed to mark and lift our ball when it is at rest on the putting green, which we might do at least once on every hole. And there are plenty of other times when we are allowed to pick up a ball in play, although these do not occur nearly as often as when we lift the ball from the green. These other circumstances might include: lifting your ball to take relief under the rules (obstruction, water hazard, unplayable lie, abnormal ground condition); marking and lifting to identify your ball; lifting and replacing a ball that has been moved accidentally—to name just a few.

The ball is out of play when lifted and must be put back into play by dropping, placing, or replacing depending on the applicable rule. Since there is a lot of this activity during normal play of the game, it is important that we know exactly who is permitted to perform each of these actions. Clear direction is provided in Rule 20 – Lifting, Dropping and Placing; Playing from Wrong Place, as summarized below.

  • 1) Who may LIFT a ball in play when permitted under the rules? ONLY THREE MAY LIFT: the player, his partner, or another person authorized by the player (Rule 20-1).
  • 2) Who may DROP a ball which must be dropped? ONLY ONE MAY DROP: the player himself (Rule 20-2).
  • 3) Who may PLACE a ball which must be placed? ONLY TWO MAY PLACE: the player or his partner (Rule 20-3a).
  • 4) Who may REPLACE a ball which must be replaced? ONLY THREE MAY REPLACE: the player, his partner, or the person who lifted or moved the ball (Rule 20-3a).

In 1) above, ‘another person authorized by the player’ could be anyone, including: the player’s caddie, a fellow-competitor (stroke play), an opponent (match play), or even a spectator. When the player authorizes another person to lift his ball in play, that authority is specific to each instance and does not carry forward to the next situation.

In 1) above, a caddie could LIFT a ball, but only if authorized by the player. In 4) above, a caddie could REPLACE a ball, but only if he was the person who lifted or moved the ball. If you are wondering why ‘the player’s caddie’ is not specifically named among those who are permitted to act, here is the explanation: the player (not the caddie) is responsible for knowing the rules, and the player is held responsible for a breach of rules by his caddie. It would be unfair to take control of his caddie away from the player by giving the caddie blanket permission to act without the player’s authority.

What happens when someone other than those named above takes action not permitted under Rule 20? Here are a few scenarios and the appropriate rulings for each.

  • • Question: A and B are partners in a four-ball stroke play event (the better ball of partners to count as the score for the side). A plays his ball into a water hazard, and B goes forward, retrieves his partner’s ball from the hazard, and drops it in a location permitted under one of the applicable options for relief. What is the ruling? Answer: B is entitled to lift A’s ball from the hazard, but only A is permitted to drop the ball when taking relief. The dropping error may be corrected without penalty before a stroke is made (Rule 20-6). However, if A makes a stroke at the ball dropped by his partner, A incurs a penalty of one stroke for playing an incorrectly dropped ball (Rule 20-2).
  • • Question: In a singles match, you play your ball from a bunker onto the putting green. While you are raking the bunker and without your authority, your opponent marks and lifts your ball which intervenes on his line of play. What is the ruling? Answer: When your opponent lifted your ball without your authority, he incurred a one stroke penalty (Rule 18-3b). Your ball must be replaced—by you (the player) or your opponent (the person who lifted it) as required in 4) above.
  • • Question: After you have played your ball to the green and while you are parking your cart, a fellow-competitor in stroke play marks and lifts your ball. He does this to enable another player in the group to play without delay, but he acted without your authority. What is the ruling? Answer: In stroke play, a fellow-competitor is an “outside agency” with respect to your ball. There is no penalty and your ball must be replaced (Rule 18-4).

In conclusion, you need to be aware of exactly who is permitted to lift, drop, place, or replace a ball in play. Also, that authority to lift may be required in some situations, but not others, and authority given in one instance applies to that instance only—it does not imply ongoing authority. Finally, match play and stroke play are treated differently in the Rules.

Dick Beckman – December 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. 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