March 2014 ERMGC Men's Club 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 39er, March 16th

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Format:The "39er" 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. Then play is 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.

Double Bogey/other 0 points
Bogey 1 point
Par 2 points
Birdie 4 points
Eagle 8 points
Double Eagle 10 points

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2013 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: SCOTT F STEWART
  • C Flight: JON BETTIS

Tournament Results

2014 2-man Scramble Results

February 16, 2014

Tournament: 2014 2-Man Scramble, February 16th

Sponsored by: Shadowridge Country Club

The Men's Club would like to thank Shadowridge for sponsoring the 2014 2-Man Scramble Golf Tournament.

You can now look at all the stats, both from you and other players, from the tournament, by going to the GHIN results page


A Flight


Closest to the Hole: DALE KELLY-COCHRANE

B Flight


Longest Drive: ROBERT WILKES
Closest to the Hole: DEREK BERG

C Flight


Longest Drive: TIM HOSTETTER
Closest to the Hole: HARRY A HOUSE

Click here for complete results


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

  • Larry Riis
  • Scott Walton
  • George Cox
  • Ronald McCzmish
  • Scott Ditsworth
  • Henry Michan
  • Dan Vahalla
  • Andrew Konopacki
  • Stuart Bullas
  • Van Logan

The Rules Column

Using Smart Phone Applications on the Golf Course

Most competitions in which we are likely to participate now allow players to use Distance Measuring Devices (DMD’s). This includes all ERMGC events, SCGA events, and even USGA events—excluding the US Open, US Senior Open, and the US Women’s Open. However, these devices must be limited to measuring distance only. If the DMD is capable of gauging slope/gradient (elevation differential), it may not be used even if this feature is not accessed or is turned off.

Smart phones may be used as DMD’s with the same restriction—that is, they must not be capable of gauging slope/gradient.

The Rule governing these DMD’s is 14-3. Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Unusual Use of Equipment. Additional detail is found in Appendix I, Part B Local Rules, section 9. Distance-Measuring Devices. Also, Appendix IV, section 5. Distance-Measuring Devices. The penalty for breach of the Rule is disqualification.

Technology is advancing quickly, and smart phone applications are on the cutting edge. The Rules of Golf are playing catch-up right now. Beginning January 1, 2014, there are two changes to Decisions on the Rules of Golf related to the use of smart phones in golf competitions. They are:
• 14-3/18 (New Decision) – Weather Information Accessed on Multi-Functional Device
• 14-3/4 (Revised Decision) – Use of Compass During Round

You may access weather information on your smart phone through an Internet browser or a smart phone widget, because this information is not obtained at your specific location at the moment. You may not access information through the use of an anemometer (wind speed indicator) or a thermometer, which would be actively measuring conditions at your specific location.

You may use a compass on your smart phone or otherwise. Prior to January 1, it was a breach of the rules to use a compass during play—or use a smart phone as a DMD if the phone had a compass application. However, the USGA has reversed its stance, stating in the Revised Decision, “A compass only provides directional information and does not gauge or measure variable conditions or assist the player in his play.” So go ahead and use the compass without penalty. Let me know if it helps your game or if you ever see a tour caddie pull a compass out of his bib.

The Rules are evolving to keep pace with changes in technology, and there is more to come.

Dick Beckman – February 2014

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