ERMGC January 2015 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Tournament News

Tournament: 2015 January Stroke Play, January 25

sponsored by:

Merrill Lynch Website

The Men's Club would like to thank Dana Albert of Merrill Lynch for sponsoring the 2015 ERMGC Stroke Play Golf Tournament.

As a Merrill Lynch Financial Advisor, I help simplify the complexity in my clients’ financial lives by providing advice
and guidance based on time-tested goals-based wealth management principles. At the heart of my philosophy is a
passion to build enduring relationships with individuals, families and small businesses through my commitment to
provide outstanding service. Partnering with my team of specialists, I assist clients in every aspect of their financial
lives and am their first point of contact.

Contact Info:
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Dana Albert, Financial Advisor
1000 Aviara Parkway, Suite 200
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Email Dana

This is a stroke or medal play event. Each player will play 18 holes of golf and their handicap will be subtracted from their score. The low net score in flights A, B and will win. In Championship flight the lowest gross score will win.

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2014 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: David Barker
  • A Flight: Loren Warburg
  • B Flight: Lou Kessing
  • C Flight: Harry House

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2014 Fall Stroke Play

Sponsored by:

The Men's Club would like to thank 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 sponsoring the 2014 Fall Stroke Play Tournament.


Championship Flight

  1. Greg Jacobs
  2. Scott Stewart
  3. David Barker

Longest Drive: Greg Jacobs
Closest to the Hole: Dana Albert

A Flight

  1. Greg Baumann
  2. Drew Deal
  3. John Opferkuch

Longest Drive: Greg Baumann
Closest to the Hole: John Gothard

B Flight

  1. Hank Logan
  2. Ron Peterson
  3. Rob Dill

Longest Drive: Rob Dill
Closest to the Hole: Richard Webster

C Flight

  1. Rich Busby
  2. Kevin Murphy
  3. William Gladstone

Longest Drive: Harry House
Closest to the Hole: Charles Cuccaro


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

  • Ron Floyd
  • Mike Nardozza
  • Ed Camarillo
  • Leo Napolitano
  • Eric Thomas
  • Thomas Hudson
  • Bill Slater
  • Louis Lebherz
  • Sam Nicolas
  • Trevor Isaacs
  • Alan Lerchbacker

The Rules Column

Lost Ball/Wrong Ball/DQ Ruling

This situation came up in our December 2014 Stroke Play tournament. Several rules and definitions came into play during the course of events. Follow along below and learn why a ball was “lost” under the rules—even when it was found within five minutes of beginning to search for it. Also involved were considerations of Provisional Ball and Wrong Ball rulings. We will analyze the rulings and the result later, but will begin with a full description of the incident.

On hole #9, a player drove from the tee nicely into the middle of the fairway. We’ll call this player Tiger (not his real name). Tiger played his second shot low and into the rough to the right of the fairway. He and his cart mate (a fellow competitor) went forward to locate Tiger’s ball, but were unable to find it after searching for about three minutes.

Tiger asked the fellow competitor to continue searching while he went back to play a provisional ball from the fairway where his tee ball had come to rest. Just as Tiger dropped a ball at the spot from which he had played his second shot, the fellow competitor signaled to Tiger that he had found the original ball within the five minute time limit. Obviously relieved, Tiger reached down, picked up the dropped ball, and went forward to play the original.

Tiger’s third stroke with the original ball came to rest on the green and he holed the putt—seemingly turning a potential bad hole into a birdie. The group made the turn and during the play of hole #10, another player in the group began to think about the sequence of events on the previous hole and Tiger’s good fortune began to unravel. Tiger was informed at that point that he was disqualified. What went wrong?

The analysis:

  1. First, Tiger was not entitled to play a provisional ball. The point of Rule 27-2 Provisional Ball is to save time, and the rule cannot be invoked after going forward to search. However, his intent to play a provisional was not Tiger’s undoing.
  2. When he dropped a ball at the spot from which he had played his second shot, he was putting a ball in play under penalty of stroke and distance, which a player is entitled to do at any time. The ball was “in play” at the moment it left his hand. At that moment, the original ball was considered “lost” by definition—he had just then put another ball into play by dropping it (Decision 27-1/2).
  3. When Tiger went forward and played the original, he was playing a “wrong ball” by definition—it was no longer his ball in play. The ball he had dropped was his BALL IN PLAY.
  4. Having completed play of the hole with a wrong ball and after playing from the next tee without correcting the mistake, Tiger was disqualified (Rule 15-3b Wrong Ball).

Here is what could have been done to prevent the unfortunate DQ—presented in order of best case scenario first:

  1. Before Tiger picks up the ball he dropped in the fairway, he realizes that his original is “lost” and the ball he has dropped is in play under penalty of stroke and distance. He will be playing his fourth stroke. A couple of good shots, hole a putt, and he could still make bogey.
  2. Having picked up his ball dropped in the fairway, but before playing a stroke at the original (now a wrong ball), Tiger realizes that he has to replace his ball in the fairway, adding an additional penalty of one stroke for lifting his ball in play. He will be playing his fifth stroke. Now it’s going to be at least a double, probably worse.
  3. Having played a stroke at the original (now a wrong ball), but before playing from the next tee, Tiger realizes that he has to correct the error. He returns to the fairway and replaces his ball at the point where it came to rest when dropped. He adds two more penalty strokes for playing a wrong ball. (Any strokes he played with the wrong ball do not count.) Now he will be playing his seventh stroke from the point where his tee ball came to rest in the fairway. It’s going to ugly, but Tiger avoids disqualification.

Let’s suppose that it was Tiger’s tee shot that was not found after several minutes of searching, and Tiger returns to the tee. Again, he cannot play a provisional because he has gone forward to search. He tees a ball preparing to play under penalty of stroke and distance, but before he plays the shot he sees the fellow competitor signaling that the original has been found within five minutes after beginning to search for it. What now?

A ball to be played from the teeing ground is NOT IN PLAY until the player has made a stroke at it. Tiger can pick up the teed ball and go forward to play the original without penalty. This is a distinctly different situation from what actually happened—and very important to note. It was Tiger’s SECOND SHOT that was lost in the real scenario, thus he already had a BALL IN PLAY on the hole and the ball he dropped in the fairway was that ball in play. Remember, the dropped ball was in play as soon as it left his hand—no going back in this instance.

Dick Beckman –December 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