ERMGC November 2014 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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2015 Membership renewal is in full swing until December 10.

The Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club (ERMGC) is open to all applicants, 18 years of age and older. The $95 new and $78 renewal 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 2015 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.

Pace of Play followup

One year ago, we instituted a new Pace of Play Policy for Men’s Club events. Our policy parallels the one used by the SCGA in all of its events. In summary, the policy requires groups to finish the round in no more than 4 hours/30 minutes. If a group finishes over the allotted time and more than 14 minutes behind the group ahead, all players in the group are assessed a two-stroke penalty. The complete policy statement can be reviewed at the ERMGC website – Click Here.

We published our policy to coincide with a strong initiative by golf course management to speed play among all golf course patrons.

For several months during a trial period, we recorded finishing times of players in our weekend tournaments to determine compliance levels and allow players to adjust to the policy. In March of this year, we began strict enforcement of the policy. Since that time, we have assessed two-stroke penalties to groups on only three occasions—once in March (39er), once in August (Combo), and once in September (Club Championship qualifier).

The pace of ALL play at Encinitas Ranch has improved measurably over the past year. Prior to the emphasis on speedy play, it wasn’t uncommon for a weekend round to stretch to 5 hours/30 minutes. Analysis of data collected since we began recording finishing times in November of 2013 shows just how much progress has been made—and points out where further improvement is possible. See the summary information below.

  1. The public group just ahead of the Men’s Club is finishing in 4 hours/32 minutes on average. But the variation is significant—ranging from 4h/10m to 4h/46m.
  2. Men’s Club lead groups (first tee time following public) are finishing in 4h/33m on average. This means that our lead group is typically staying close to the public ahead, but is “losing” one minute of relative position on average.
  3. Final club groups are finishing in 4h/44m on average, having “lost” 12 minutes relative to the public ahead
    of us. Our average field in the recorded events is 11 groups, which means that each subsequent club
    group loses an additional minute relative to the group ahead.

Tee time intervals are nine minutes. So, if every group maintains constant position relative to the group ahead throughout the round, the finishing time interval between groups will be nine minutes. Of course, golf doesn’t work with mathematical precision, so finishing time intervals will vary from hole to hole during the round. Even with variations in hole-by-hole intervals, it is entirely possible to FINISH within the allotted time.

Constant awareness of your position is the key to eliminating this progression of “lost minutes” as the Men’s Club field moves around the course. If EVERY PLAYER is tuned in to the pace EARLY IN THE ROUND and makes a reasonable effort toward efficient movement around the course, there is no doubt that the group can trim one minute or more from the finishing time.

One slow (clueless/selfish) player can cause the group to fall out of position—placing the entire pairing at risk of penalty. If there is one or more slow players in your group, address the issue as soon as it is recognized. The finish time clock is not subject to question, and the Tournament Committee decision on POP penalties is final. The Committee will not exempt a group from penalty because there was a slow player in the group, and NOBODY ADDRESSED THE ISSUE WITH THE PLAYER (“We wanted to be nice”).

Congratulations are in order!!! Men’s Club weekend tournament participants have significantly improved Pace of Play results.

Everyone benefits when we play in less than 4h/30m. Thank you for coming out and playing ready golf!

Dick Beckman – October 2014

Tournament News

Tournament: 2014 Stableford, November 9

Sponsored by: Olson's Car Wash

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 points
Eagle +5 points
Double Eagle +8 points

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2013 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: Denny Aiken
  • A Flight:Ray Nosse
  • B Flight: Lou Ariniello
  • C Flight: Charles Cuccaro

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2014 Blind Draw Irish Rumble

Sponsored by:

The Men's Club would like to thank Casa de Bandini for sponsoring the 2014 Blind Draw Irish Rumble.




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

  • Scott Crouch
  • Al Dyson
  • Shawn Leo
  • Renie Locke
  • Dino Manoli
  • Alan Rahbari
  • Russ Zinser

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