ERMGC March 2015 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Tournament News

Tournament: 2015 March 39er, March 15

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Format: The "39er" Tournament is a points based format similar to a Stableford point system. Every player starts with a score of 39 and then subtracts his handicap from that. Then play is scored like a reverse Stableford.. The Championship Flight plays to scratch. The lowest score wins, and so on. There are no stroke holes as your strokes or handicap are subtracted at the start. This is an individual stroke play event.

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2014 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: Brad Baumann
  • A Flight: John Gothard
  • B Flight: Daniel Silverstein
  • C Flight: Charles Cuccaro

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2015 February 2 man Scramble

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The Men's Club would like to thank Shadowridge for sponsoring the 2015 2 Man Scramble Tournament.


A Flight

  1. William Turner/John Famulare
  2. Ken Wolff/Van Logan
  3. Greg Baumann/Brad Baumann

B Flight

  1. Duane Spring/Tony Mancuso
  2. Al Pak/Dale Kelly-Cochrane
  3. Mark Grassi/Richard Webster

C Flight

  1. Henry Michan/Paul Murray
  2. William Gladstone/Ed Camarillo
  3. Lou Kessing/Robert Wilkes


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

  • Mark Liggett
  • Jeff Mattfolk
  • William McDermott Jr.
  • Fred Schermerhorn
  • Dale Theriot
  • JJ Thomas
  • Aaron Thun
  • Scott Varley
  • Scott Willard
  • Jerry Diverde

The Rules Column

Ball On Putting Green Moves

Once every few rounds your ball in play on the putting green will move. When it happens, there is likely to be a moment of confusion about what to do. Adding to the confusion is a rule change instituted in 2012 which most players do not understand and often misinterpret. For starters, don’t panic and don’t touch your golf ball until you have determined what the rules say about the situation. Note that when a coin or similar object has been placed on the green to mark the position of the ball, the same rules apply when the marker is moved as when the ball is moved.

Most of the following discussion is governed by Rule 18 – Ball At Rest Moved.

First, determine WHAT CAUSED THE BALL TO MOVE. If the player caused the ball to move, the ball must be replaced and a one-stroke penalty is incurred. There are a few exceptions to the penalty when the ball is on the putting green and it is accidently moved by the player. There is no penalty associated with the replacement of the ball if the player was removing a loose impediment or repairing a ball mark near the ball. Likewise, there is no penalty if the movement of the ball was directly attributable to the marking or replacing of the ball on the putting green. Otherwise, if the player does anything which causes the ball to move, the ball must be replaced and a one-stroke penalty will apply.

Most of the time, the player’s action which causes the movement is obvious. Examples: accidental contact with the ball during a practice stroke or dropping a ball marker onto the ball from above (this is not considered “directly attributable” to the marking of the ball). These situations will be resolved by replacing the ball and adding a penalty stroke. Now it gets more difficult…

If the player has ADDRESSED the ball, and the ball subsequently moves, the player is DEEMED to have caused the movement—even if his club has not touched the ball. Question: When has the player addressed the ball? Answer: When he has grounded his club immediately in front of or immediately behind the ball. Question: What does “immediately” mean in this definition? Answer: For practical purposes, about ½ inch or less. If you set your club on the ground 1 inch behind the ball on the putting green, you would NOT be deemed to have grounded your club “immediately” behind the ball. Bottom line on this one—if you have addressed the ball and it moves, replace the ball and add a penalty stroke.

The one exception would be if WIND OR WATER caused your ball to move. This 2012 rule change (18-2b Exception) absolves the player from penalty if the ball moves AFTER ADDRESS, but only if it is known or virtually certain that the player did nothing to cause his ball to move AND the ball was moved by wind or water. This is very rare—you might see this in The Open Championship at St. Andrews, but you are not likely to see it in San Diego unless there is a 30-MPH wind and the greens are running 13 on the Stimpmeter. It is far more likely that GRAVITY would cause the ball to move, and there is no free pass on that.

If the player has NOT ADDRESSED the ball, and the ball moves, play it from its new location—no penalty. It is easy to get tripped up on this one. We might instinctively pick up the ball and replace it where it was. Don’t do it. If you did nothing to cause the ball to move, and you have not addressed the ball, play it as it lies. This most often occurs after the ball has been replaced on the putting green and the ball marker removed. The ball will settle or turn a fraction of an inch away from where it was placed. Don’t replace it. If you want to mark it and realign it, fine—but play it from its new location. It could happen that the ball is replaced on a slope above the hole, you step back to survey the break, gravity takes over and the ball rolls 20 feet down the slope into the hole. Lucky you—you are considered to have holed out with your previous stroke. It could also happen the other way. You replace you ball at the edge of the upper tier 10 feet from the hole. You step away, and the ball rolls 80 feet back down the slope and off the green. Bad break—but you must play it from the new location.

Once your ball has been replaced on the putting green, it is deemed to be at rest. If the ball subsequently moves or is moved, take a moment to think about the situation before you touch the ball. In summary:

1) If you caused your ball to move, replace it and add a penalty stroke. Exception: replace it without penalty if you were removing a loose impediment, repairing a ball mark, or the movement was directly attributable to marking or replacing the ball.
2) If you have ADDRESSED the ball and it moves—even if you did not touch the ball—replace it and add a penalty stroke. Exception: if it is known or virtually certain that the WIND moved the ball—play it from its new location without penalty.
3) If you have NOT ADDRESSED the ball and it moves, play it from its new location without penalty.

Dick Beckman – March 2015

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