September 2014 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Club Membership

Membership is now closed until October 1 when the renewals will begin. If you know someone who would like to join the club now or in the future please have them sign up on the website or contact Email Ron Peterson , our membership Chairman

Tournament News

Tournament: 2014 Club Championship , September 13-14, 20-21

Sponsored by:


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Contact Pam Pauling 858.755.6768 to arrange a tour of the Club. Ask about the 6 month trial golf membership.

The qualifying round is 18 holes of stroke play. The top eight finishers in each flight will qualify for match play. Ties will be decided by a card off. Club Championship qualification: To qualify for the Club Championship in September, you must earn (2) points to qualify to play. Here's how to earn your points: (1) Point awarded for playing in Thursday or Saturday Team Play or Senior League Play (1) Point awarded for any Monthly Tournament (1) Point awarded for (4) Wednesday Sweeps Rounds on the Saturday team play in 2014.

The Club Championship matches are scheduled as follows:

· Saturday, September 13 – Qualifying Round (or 1st match, if only eight or fewer registered for a flight).

· Sunday, September 14 – 1st match (or quarterfinal match, if no qualifier)

· Saturday, September 20 – Semifinal match (or final, if no qualifier)

· Sunday, September 21 – Final match

Question: Should players be allowed to schedule their own dates/times for matches scheduled after September 13-14? (This might be desired by a player who advances to a semifinal or final match but would not prefer to play on the scheduled dates of September 21-22.)

Answer: Yes, the committee will allow players to schedule semifinal or final matches on a date before the September 20-21 weekend. If a player wishes to change his match to an earlier date, it would be his responsibility to contact his opponent and obtain agreement to an earlier date/time. If the players cannot reach agreement on an earlier date, the original date/time must be observed. If there is agreement to a change, the player who initiated the change would be responsible to make the tee time reservation with the golf course and advise Tournament Chairman Greg Baumann of the schedule change.

If there are additional questions related to scheduling of matches in the Club Championship, please direct your questions to

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2013 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: GREGORY JACOBS

Tournament Results


Tournament: 2014 Combo Tournament

Sponsored by:

Charles "Chip" Conover

The Men's Club would like to thank Chip Conover and Leucadia Pizzaria for sponsoring the 2014 Combo Tournament.


A Flight

  1. Jim Brakas/Denny Aiken
  2. John Famulare/Bill Turnerl
  3. Eric Diaz/Jim Heiser

B Flight

  1. Darin Boles/ Tony Mancuso
  2. Richard Webster/Don Western
  3. Robert Vargas/Tim Godsin

C Flight

  1. Mark Neumann/Greg Chenoweth
  2. William Gladstone/Harry House
  3. Mitch Drasco/Tim Hostetter

The Rules Column

Match Play v. Stroke Play Rules – Important Differences

The Club Championship will be played in September. The qualifying round is Stroke Play, but subsequent rounds are Match Play. This is a good time to review differences in the rules for Match Play compared to Stroke Play.

As a teaser… If your ball in motion after a stroke from the putting green strikes another ball at rest on the putting green, is there a penalty? In stroke play, you are penalized two strokes. In match play, there is no penalty (Rule 19-5). This is an example of a ruling that reflects the fundamental difference between the two forms of play. In match play, you and your opponent play only against each other—not against a whole field of fellow competitors in pairings ahead of or behind you. Because match play is head-to-head, certain rules that are designed to protect the field do not apply. See below for a quick summary of several special situations where the rules vary by form of play.

Penalties – In stroke play, there are a number of situations when a breach of the rules would result in a two-stroke penalty (called a “general penalty”). For example, if you play a wrong ball or ground your club in a hazard—add two strokes. In match play, there are no two-stroke penalties. Instead, the general penalty is Loss of Hole. So, play a wrong ball or ground your club in a hazard during a match—pick up your ball, you just lost the hole.

Breaches of the rules that would result in a one-stroke penalty are the same in both formats. For example, take relief from an unplayable lie or lift your ball from the green without marking its position—add one stroke.

Order of Play – In stroke play, it really doesn’t matter who plays first from the tee or thereafter throughout the hole. There is no penalty for playing out of turn, and “ready golf” is encouraged to speed up play. In match play the order of play is critically important. The player who has the “honor” plays first from the tee. On the first hole, the player listed at the top of the bracket is deemed to have the honor. Thereafter, the player with the lower net score on the previous hole has the honor. If the previous hole(s) resulted in a half, the honor carries forward. After playing from the tee, the player farther from the hole plays first until both balls are holed or there is a concession.

If a player plays out of turn in match play, there is no penalty—but his opponent may immediately require the stroke to be canceled and played again in the correct order. Let’s say that Player A has the honor, but Player B plays first from the tee and stripes it 290 yards down the middle. B might immediately ask A to cancel the stroke and play again from the tee after B has played his tee shot. If A plays out of order and hits his tee shot out of bounds, B might say nothing—allowing A’s shot to stand as played, meaning that A would need to put another ball in play under penalty of stroke and distance. A key word in this rule is ‘immediately’—that is, your opponent can’t wait to see how his next stroke turns out before canceling your stroke played out of turn.

If the recalled stroke was played from the tee, the ball may be re-teed and played from anywhere within the teeing ground. If the stroke was played from a hazard or through the green, the ball must be dropped as near as possible (no closer to the hole) to the spot from which the original ball was last played. If the stroke was made from the putting green, the ball must be replaced on the spot from which it was lifted.

Additional Notes: It would not be sporting to allow your opponent to play out of turn if you know that it is your turn and you can prevent him from making the stroke. Also, it is okay to allow your opponent to play out of turn for the purpose of saving time. For example, if your ball is in a bunker 30 yards from the hole and your opponent’s ball is in light rough 20 yards from the hole, you can offer to let him play first while you go back to your bag to get your sand wedge. He can decline to play first, but if he accepts the offer and plays out of turn, the stroke stands as played. If he happens to hole his chip, all you can do is congratulate him on a fine shot—you gave up your right to cancel his stroke.

Concessions – Rule 2-4 states:
A player may concede a match at any time prior to the start or conclusion of that match. A player may concede a hole at any time prior to the start or conclusion of that hole. A player may concede his opponent’s next stroke at any time, provided that the opponent’s ball is at rest. The opponent is considered to have holed out with his next stroke, and the ball may be removed by either side. A concession may not be declined or withdrawn. You can’t say, “That’s good, pick it up.” Then, “No, wait… Do you get a stroke on that hole?”

Be sure that you have a clear understanding of the situation before conceding—especially with regard to the number of strokes taken and whether you or your opponent is entitled to a handicap stroke on the hole. A lot of mistakes are made in this situation.

Information as to Strokes Taken – At any time during the play of the hole, you may ask your opponent how many strokes he has taken to that point. However, if it is your opponents turn to play he does not have to respond until after he has played his stroke. If a player has incurred a penalty stroke and his opponent may not be aware of the penalty incurred, the player must inform his opponent as soon as “practicable” that he has incurred the penalty. A player who fails to do so loses the hole.

Questions about Rulings – If there is a doubt or dispute about a possible rule violation during the play of a hole, a “claim” may be made by one of the players. If a claim is made, the match can continue with the ruling to be resolved later by the Committee. For a claim to be valid it must be made in a timely manner and the player making the claim must notify his opponent 1) that he wants a ruling, and 2) of the facts upon which the claim is based. To be timely, a claim must be made before either player plays from the next tee. The claim must identify the specific circumstances of the possible rules violation. For example, a proper claim would state, “I’m making a claim. You are not allowed to take relief without penalty from a boundary fence.” The Committee will not consider a general claim such as, “I don’t think that is allowed.”

For more information about match play, review Rule 2 – Match Play, Rule 9 – Information as to Strokes Taken, and Rule 10 – Order of Play.

Dick Beckman – August 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