ERMGC December 2014 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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2015 Membership renewal is in full swing until December 14.

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.

Tournament News

Tournament: 2014 Fall Stroke Play, December 7

Sponsored by Bill Dean and ERGA (Encinitas Ranch Golf Authority, the governing board for the golf course), Erik Johnson and the rest of the wonderful, helpful staff at the golf course.

Format: 18 holes individual stroke play. The Championship Flight plays at scratch. Net flights use handicaps based on November 15th 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.

This is the last event before the Points Cup Championship. Points for this tournament are weighed at 1.5 times normal points, so you can have a greater opportunity to make the Cup.

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2013 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: James McCoy
  • A Flight: John Famulare
  • B Flight: Scot Samuelson
  • C Flight: John Burchianti

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2014 Stableford

Sponsored by: Olson's Car Wash

The Men's Club would like to thank Olson's Car Wash for sponsoring the 2014 Stableford.


Championship Flight

  1. Tim Dudek
  2. Greg Jacobs
  3. David Barker

Longest Drive: Tim Dudek
Closest to the Hole: David Barker

A Flight

  1. Drew Deal
  2. Duane Spring
  3. Jim Heiser

Longest Drive: Drew Deal
Closest to the Hole: Frederic Rault

B Flight

  1. Jeff Bloom
  2. Paul Latchford
  3. Sean Galleher

Closest to the Hole: Richard Webster

C Flight

  1. William Gladstone
  2. Rich Busby
  3. Harry House

Longest Drive: Mitch Drasco
Closest to the Hole: WILLIAM GLADSTONE


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

  • John Castle
  • Jim Haile
  • Wes Troy
  • Lucky Laird

The Rules Column

Rule 28—Ball Unplayable

This rule offers relief when you have played your ball into a bad place. Rule 28 is brief (by rule book standards), so it is copied below in entirety.

  • The player may deem his ball unplayable at any place on the course, except when the ball is in a water hazard.
    The player is the sole judge as to whether his ball is unplayable.

    If the player deems his ball to be unplayable, he must, under penalty of one stroke:

    • a. Proceed under the stroke and distance provision of Rule 27-1 by playing a ball as nearly as
      possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5); or
    • b. Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay, keeping that point directly between the hole 
      and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind that point the ball may be dropped; or
    • c. Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole.
  • If the unplayable ball is in a bunker, the player may proceed under Clause a, b or c. If he elects to proceed under
    Clause b or c, a ball must be dropped in the bunker.
  • When proceeding under this Rule, the player may lift and clean his ball or substitute a ball.

  • PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.
  • Relief is available in almost any situation and the player can invoke the rule without consulting anyone else. Note,
    however, that a ball may NOT be declared unplayable if it lies in a WATER HAZARD. This restriction is often
    overlooked. If a player chooses not to play his ball as it lies from within a water hazard, relief is available ONLY under
    Rule 26—Water Hazards.

    When taking relief, weigh your options carefully. Option a) above may be unappealing—no one likes to give up
    stroke and distance. But choosing option b) or c) above can be dicey—a dropped ball might come to rest in a
    similarly bad spot. If the ball was correctly dropped when taking relief, you must accept the result—even if the ball is
    once again unplayable. If you still can’t play the ball after dropping under b) or c), you can continue taking relief (and
    you can select a different option), but each time relief is taken a penalty stroke must be added.

    More than a few times, I have seen the Ball Unplayable rule misapplied in another circumstance, this one related to
    the play of a Provisional Ball (Rule 27). This is how the situation unfolds… A ball is played into an area where it might
    be lost outside of a water hazard or out of bounds. The player announces and plays a provisional ball into a good
    position. The player searches for and finds his original ball in bounds, but in an unplayable condition. The player
    decides to pick up the original and play the provisional, invoking Rule 28, option a) stroke and distance. Makes sense,
    yes? Actually, no.

    A provisional ball becomes the ‘ball in play’ ONLY when the original is lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds.
    If the original is found in bounds, it remains the ‘ball in play’ and the provisional MUST be abandoned. Playing the
    provisional after deeming the original to be unplayable is not an acceptable application of Rule 28 option a). In this
    situation the player would be playing a ‘wrong ball’ resulting in a two-stroke penalty, and the player would be
    required to correct the mistake or be disqualified.

    In the situation above, what if the player nears the area where his original might be and decides that it looks
    hopeless? That is, even if he finds the ball, there is no possibility of making a stroke at it. The player is not obligated
    to search for the ball. The player may proceed to the provisional ball and play it. If he plays the provisional from a
    place (distance from the hole) where the original is likely to be or a point nearer the hole than that place, the original
    is ‘lost’ and the provisional becomes the ‘ball in play’ under penalty of stroke and distance. Smart player.

    One more potential problem with Rule 28… A player doesn’t like the lie of his ball and decides to declare it
    unplayable. He picks up the ball and then considers his options. Ultimately, he decides that none of the options are
    attractive, and he would be better off to attempt a stroke at the ball. He can replace the ball in the original lie, but
    he must add a penalty stroke for lifting his ball in play. Hasty decision.

    In summary, Rule 28—Ball Unplayable can bail you out of a bad situation and limit the damage. However, you need
    to keep a clear head and think through all of your options. Don’t touch your ball until you know exactly what you are
    going to do.

    Dick Beckman –November 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