ERMGC April 2015 Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

Don't forget to view and "like" our Facebook page.
ERMGC Facebook Page

Encinitas Ranch Men’s Club
Spring Membership Drive

The Board of the Encinitas Ranch Men’s Golf Club is pleased to announce that starting April 1st through June 30 you can join the Men’s Club for $78.00 for the rest of the 2015 season. By getting your application in early there is still time to get the required points to be able to participate in future tournaments, like the Club Championship in September.
Please take the time to think about joining and enjoy the comradeship of tournament play.

This offer is only available at the link listed below:
The Board Members of Encinitas Ranch

Tournament News

Tournament: 2015 Two-Man Aggregate Score, April 19th, 8 am shotgun

This is your last chance to qualify for the Poinsettia cup next month.

Just added, this tournament is now a shotgun event, with beer and appetizers by the golf course as a "member appreciation" and introduction of Blake Dodson the new general manager.

sponsored by:

We, at The Golf Mart Escondido, are proud to sponsor 2015 2-Man Aggregate Tournament. Our customer service is unbeatable and our friendly staff would like you to come by and check out our vast selection of woods, irons, putters, and anything else you may need to make you the best golfer you can possibly be.
Our knowledgeable staff is willing to take the time to make you happy so whether you want to ask us anything about golf, buy a club, test a club, check your lie angles, or check to make sure your driver is optimized for your swing on our Foresight simulators, we will always be there to serve you the best we can.

See you soon!

Eric Harung

Golf Mart

1066 W. Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 741-0441


We are pleased to offer support for the Encinitas Ranch 2015 Two-Man Aggregate Score Golf Tournament! Jim has not only been on the Board of the Encinitas Ranch Men’s Club for 10 years, but as 23-year residents of Encinitas we have been active in real estate and supporting the community for many years. We believe in running our business in a personal and friendly manner with the spirit of competition and performance vital to our business plan. We guarantee you that you will not find anyone more qualified in the local market and in touch with the pulse of real estate in the community.

Of course referrals are the backbone of our business and are greatly appreciated, so if you are thinking of buying or selling, or have a friend
who could benefit from our assistance please make sure to mention us and receive a free round of golf “fore” your support.

Thank you and have a great round!
Lorie & Jim Brakas
Coldwell Banker

Format: Two-man teams, 18 holes of stroke play, the total score of both players added together. Champ and A Flight will be playing from the Blue tees. B Flight will play from the Green tees and C Flight will play from the White tees. For the Net flights, handicap strokes will be taken from both players rounds. All flights will use handicaps based on April 1, 2015 Current Index. The maximum allowable handicap differential between partners is five strokes. If the higher handicap of partners is more than five strokes greater than the lower handicap, the higher handicap will be reduced.

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2014 Defending Champions


Tournament Results

Tournament: 2015 39er

Sponsored by:

The Men's Club would like to thank Golf Tec for sponsoring the 2015 39er Tournament.


A Flight

  1. Van Logan
  2. Brad Baumann
  3. Bob Ransome

B Flight

  1. Daniel Silverstein
  2. Len Arinello
  3. Dale Kelly-Cochrane

C Flight

  1. Jim Haile
  2. William Gladstone
  3. Peter Sertic


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

  • Lyle Hall
  • Jeff Mattfolk
  • Aran Fontaine
  • Jeff Ellis
  • Kelly Milliken
  • Dan Brigham
  • Sheena Odorico
  • Joe Wier
  • Joe Morris

The Rules Column

Ball Unplayable Incidents

Two noteworthy Ball Unplayable (Rule 28) incidents occurred during play at the recent Women’s Collegiate Invitational at The Farms Golf Club. Both situations were fairly common, and they were good learning experiences for the players and coaches involved. The discussion below will help you avoid a mistake when you are in similar circumstances.

In the first incident, a Boise State player’s tee shot came to rest left of the fairway with a small tree about ten yards ahead intervening on her line of play to the green. She selected a middle iron and expected to hit the ball underneath the branches of the tree. Her shot got up too quickly and hit the lower branches of the tree solidly. Other players, coaches, and spectators witnessed the shot, but no one saw where the ball went.

The player walked forward and looked up into the tree. A ball was lodged firmly between two intertwined branches about 10 feet off the ground. If she had not been able to identify the ball, it would have been a LOST BALL and she would have had to drop a ball at the point where her last stroke was played under penalty of stroke and distance—she would have been lying three facing the same shot as before. Fortunately, the markings were visible and the player was able to identify the ball as hers. What were her options?

Most of the time, if your ball is on the golf course, you are allowed to play it as it lay. In this case, that would have been a poor choice. The player could barely reach the ball with her driver while standing on her tiptoes, and the ball was so tightly wedged in the branches that she might not be able to knock it free. Wisely, the player declared the ball unplayable. Rule 28 allows for three options—all of which add a penalty stroke: a) Drop a ball at the point where the last stroke was played—stroke and distance, 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—no limit to how far behind that point, or c) Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the spot where the ball lay, but not nearer the hole.

Option a) STROKE AND DISTANCE puts the player in the same spot with the intervening tree 10 yards ahead. Option b) DROP BEHIND THE POINT might have eliminated the tree problem, but would have added thirty yards or more to her next shot. Option c) TWO CLUB-LENGTHS requires implementation of Decision 28/11 where a player with a ball lodged in a tree is allowed to drop a ball within two club-lengths of the point on the ground directly below the place where the ball lay in the tree.

The ball would have been lying three after dropping under any of these options. The player chose option c) which left her a shorter shot to the green and no trees on the line of play.

The second incident occurred on hole #6, a short, tight par-4. To the right of the fairway in the landing area there is about 15 yards of playable rough bordered by 15 yards of gnarly, impenetrable shrubbery before an out-of- bounds fence. This area is not a hazard—it is through the green and in play. No human has ventured into this space for ten years or more. It is safe haven to rabbits and squirrels, and the final resting place for thousands of golf balls.

A rules official was watching tee shots from near the green on this hole and saw a Michigan player hit a drive that landed in the right rough and bounced into the top of the dense shrubbery just a couple of feet to the right of the rough. The player was unsure if she would be able to find the ball, so she played a provisional ball which came to rest in the fairway.

The official, the player, and her coach converged near the location of the original tee ball. The first decision to be made was whether to look for the ball—there are situations where it would not be beneficial to find the ball. The player was informed of the approximate location of the ball, and was asked if she wanted to search for it. The player and coach determined that Unplayable Ball relief under Rule 28 c. (two club-lengths) would get the ball in play lying two in the rough. Since that would be better than lying three in the fairway with the provisional, she decided to look for the ball.

At this time the player was asked if she wanted to DECLARE THE BALL UNPLAYABLE before beginning to search for it. The point at which the player declares the ball UNPLAYABLE is important for one reason: if a player moves his ball while searching for it through the green he will incur a penalty for MOVING HIS BALL IN PLAY. However, if the player has stated his intent to declare the ball unplayable BEFORE SEARCHING, he will be absolved from penalty if the ball is moved (Decision 18-2a/27).

Sure enough, the player found her ball in the top layers of shrubbery only a couple of feet away from the rough. After a drop, she had a short iron to the green playing her third stroke. She was REQUIRED to abandon her provision ball, because her original ball was neither lost nor out of bounds.

If the Michigan player’s tee ball had been observed to bounce deeper into the shrubbery (more than two club-lengths), the player would have been wise to walk away without searching, because there were no attractive relief options if the ball had been found in that location. Although the rules do not permit a player to “declare” a ball LOST, a player is not REQUIRED to search for a ball. In this case, because the original had not been found, the player would be entitled to continue play with the provisional ball which was perfectly situated in the fairway. Once the provisional ball is played from a place where the original is likely to be or a place closer to the hole than that place, the original is deemed to be lost.

What are the lessons to be learned from these Unplayable Ball incidents?

  1. Assess your options before you take any action. If the Boise State player had tried to knock the ball out of the tree before identifying it as hers and declaring it unplayable, or if the Michigan player had begun her search and moved her ball before stating her intention to invoke the Unplayable Ball rule, both would have been in worse situations. Determine which (if any) of the relief options under Rule 28 will give you the best result. Sometimes it is best to play the ball as it lay, and you don’t want to reach that conclusion after you have already lifted the ball.
  2. Determine if searching for your ball is a good idea. There are times when it is best to let a ball be LOST, rather than search for it and find it in a position where there are no good options to play it or take relief under Rule 28. If you don’t like where your ball is lying, remember this: you can ALWAYS play again from where you last played under penalty of stroke and distance. This is the universal “mulligan” in the rules of golf.

Dick Beckman – April 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