May 2014 ERMGC Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Club Membership

Encinitas Ranch Men’s Club
Spring Membership Drive

The Board of the Encinitas Ranch Men’s Golf Club is pleased to announce that starting April 1st through June 30 you can join the Men’s Club for $78.00 for the rest of the 2014 season. By getting your application in early there is still time to get the required points to be able to participate in future tournaments, like the Club Championship in September.
Please take the time to think about joining and enjoy the comradeship of tournament play.

This offer is only available at the link listed below:
The Board Members of Encinitas Ranch

Tournament News

Tournament: 2014 Poinsettia Cup Tournament , May 17-18

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36-holes individual stroke play. Low total score for both rounds wins. The Championship Flight plays at scratch. Net flights use handicaps based on May Current 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.
Poinsettia Cup qualification: To qualify for the Poinsettia Cup, you must earn (1) point to qualify to play. Here's how to earn your points: (1) Point awarded for playing in Thursday or Saturday Team Play (1) Point awarded for any Monthly Tournament (1) Point awarded for (4) Wednesday Sweeps Rounds

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

Tournament: 2014 Senior Club Championship May 17-18

The Senior Club Champion will be determined concurrent to and within the May Poinsettia Cup event over 36 holes of stroke play. The championship will be played at scratch from the blue tees.

There will be a separate entry fee for those who wish to participate. The entry fee will be in addition to the fee for entry in the Poinsettia Cup. The additional entry fee will be paid out in prizes to the Senior Club Champion field..

Entrants must be 55 years or older. The winner will be eligible to enter the SCGA Tournament of Club Champions event (December 2014) if his index is 5.4 or less at the time of registration. If not qualified, the winner will be eligible to enter the SCGA Senior Net TOCC (December 2014).

Gross Club Champion and Net Club Champions will be determined during the fall match play championships.

2013 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: GREG JACOBS
  • B Flight: MILO HAMA
  • Senior Club Champion: KEN MERSCHEIM

Tournament Results


April 13, 2014

Tournament: 2014 2 Man Aggregate , April 13

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The Men's Club would like to thank SBrand for sponsoring the 2014 39er Golf Tournament.


A Flight


Longest Drive: GREG BAUMANN
Closest to the Hole: VIOREL BADESCU

B Flight


Longest Drive: SEAN GALLEHER
Closest to the Hole: NICOLAI LENNOX

C Flight


Longest Drive: DON WESTERN
Closest to the Hole: WILLIAM GLADSTONE

Click here for complete results


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

  • Tom Appleton
  • Dana Albert
  • Brandon Wagg
  • John Standish
  • JJ Thomas
  • David Brenner
  • Skip Coomber
  • Lamonte Lamoureux
  • Rob Dill
  • Danny Ochoa
  • Matt Poel
  • Ernie Agnos
  • Joseph Duffel
  • Mitchell McCaughan

The Rules Column

When Must a Player Hole Out?

We watch TV and see professionals and top amateurs holing every putt, but that is elite tournament golf at stroke
play and failure to hole out will get you disqualified. Most of the golf that we play is casual golf with friends—not
tournament golf—and in those rounds it is not required (or even practical) for a player to hole his ball every time.

When playing casual golf, it is perfectly okay to put your ball in your pocket at any point. For handicap score
posting purposes, you simply record the score you would most likely have made at that hole, or the maximum
allowed under Equitable Stroke Control. If you are playing for cash with your buddies, you are at their mercy. They
might say “That’s good” or they might make you putt it.

Tournament golf is different, even for us amateurs with double-digit handicaps. When you play in stroke play
competition—whether Wednesday Sweeps or ERMGC weekend tournaments—it is expected that you hole your
ball when your score will count.

In individual stroke play competitions your score counts on every hole, so you must always get the ball to the
bottom of the cup. This is true also in some partner events, like the Two-Man Aggregate Score (ERMGC April
tournament) where the scores of both partners count.

In some partner events only the better ball counts, so you can pick up if you are having a bad hole, or if your
partner has holed out and you can’t improve on his net score.

Seems pretty simple on paper, but it can get more complicated in the heat of competition. Mental lapses are
usually to blame. Examples:

1. A competitor in an individual stroke play tournament misses a short putt and knocks his ball away in disgust.
(Forgot that he was playing tournament golf.)
2. In a two-man aggregate score tournament, Partner A with a putt for six picks up his ball after Partner B
holes out for four. They play from the tee on the next hole. (Did not realize that both scores counted.)
3. In a two-man better ball tournament, Partner A with a putt for four picks up after Partner B makes four.
When they get back to the cart, Partner A realized that he got a stroke on that hole and his partner did not,
so A actually had a putt for net three. (Not paying attention.)

In 1) above, the competitor should replace his ball where it was on the green and hole out, adding a penalty stroke
for lifting his ball in play without marking it—in effect, that is what he did when he knocked it away. If he does not
correct the error before playing from the next tee, he is disqualified.

In 2) above, the mistake was not corrected before playing from the next tee. Both scores were to count, and since
the team could not record an aggregate score for the hole, they were disqualified.

In 3) above, the better ball score of four by Partner B stands as the team score. If A were to return to the green and
replace his ball, he would be putting for five (net four) because he would need to add a penalty stroke for lifting his
ball in play without marking it. There was no point in returning to the green, because his partner already holed out in four.

In stroke play tournament golf, understand the format, know where you get strokes, and hole your ball when your
score will (or might) count.

Dick Beckman – May 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