May 2015 ERMGC Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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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 Poinsettia Cup, May 2-3

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36-holes individual stroke play. Low total score for both rounds wins. The Championship Flight plays at scratch. Net flights use handicaps based on May Current 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.
Poinsettia Cup qualification: To qualify for the Poinsettia Cup, you must earn (1) point to qualify to play. Here's how to earn your points: (1) Point awarded for playing in Thursday or Saturday Team Play or Senior League Team Play, (1) Point awarded for any Monthly Tournament, (1) Point awarded for (4) Wednesday Sweeps Rounds

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2014 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: Greg Jacobs
  • A Flight: John Gothard
  • B Flight: Ron Peterson
  • C Flight: Tim Hostetter

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2015 2 Man Aggregate

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The Men's Club would like to thank Jim and Lorie Brakas and Golf Mart for sponsoring the 2015 2 Man AggregateTournament.


A Flight

  1. Beals, D. / Shean, J.
  2. Barker, D. / Dudek, T
  3. Gothard, J. / Nosse, R.

B Flight

  1. Wagner, J. / Williams, P.
  2. Mancuso, T. / Annicharico, J.
  3. Silverstein, D. / Bloom, J.

C Flight

  1. Drasco, M. / Hall, L.
  2. Cuccaro, C. / Gladstone, W.
  3. Hostetter, T. / Western, D.


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

  • Joe Osterman
  • David Schibler
  • Christopher Reed
  • Ryan Wakefield
  • John Shaull
  • Steven Strebig

The Rules Column

Option to Play Two Balls in Stroke Play

In the Men’s Club April stroke play tournament, a competitor played his tee shot to the front of the green at the par-three 12th hole. The ball came to rest in an area of the green where the grounds crew was trying to regrow turf. The putting surface was in very poor condition. The competitor believed that the area might be considered GROUND UNDER REPAIR, but was not marked as such.

The competitor had enough rules savvy to know that he was entitled to play two balls in this situation under Rule 3-3 Doubt As To Procedure. This rule states, in part:

“In stroke play, if a competitor is doubtful of his rights or the correct procedure during the play of a hole, he may, without penalty, complete the hole with two balls.
After the doubtful situation has arisen and before taking further action, the competitor must announce to his marker or fellow-competitor that he intends to play two balls and which ball he wishes to count if the rules permit.”

The competitor proceeded correctly by announcing his intent and declaring that he wished to count the ball played with relief from the area. He played the original ball from the area where it came to rest and a second ball from an area which met the conditions of relief from Ground Under Repair. As it happened, he completed the hole with both balls and scored three with each ball. He returned his score card and after lunch described details of the incident to others in the clubhouse. He was surprised to discover that his handling of the situation resulted in being disqualified. What went wrong?

Rule 3-3 states explicitly that “the competitor incurs no penalty for having played a second ball”—even if the rules do not allow the procedure adopted for that ball. The competitor had correctly announced his intention to play two balls and declared which ball he wished to count before he played either ball. He had taken proper relief for the second ball. The sequence in which the balls were played does not matter. There were no subsequent penalties applied to the play of either ball. The competitor believed that there was no point in seeking a ruling on whether he was permitted relief from the area in poor condition, because he had made three with both balls and recorded that score on his card.

The competitor’s knowledge and application of Rule 3-3 was sound—as far as it went. What the player overlooked was the short paragraph following the two paragraphs quoted above from 3-3.a. Procedure:
“The competitor must report the facts of the situation to the Committee before returning his score card. If he fails to do so, HE IS DISQUALIFIED.”

EVERY time Rule 3-3 is invoked, the competitor must report the facts to the Committee before returning his score card—regardless of the outcome.

The purpose of the rule is to allow play to continue without waiting for a ruling. The result can be sorted out later. You should invoke 3-3 whenever you are unsure how to proceed under the rules. The rule is often used when there is doubt about relief from abnormal ground or obstructions, or if there is uncertainty about where to drop, place, or replace.

Remember these simple keys and you can’t go wrong:

  1. Before taking any action, ANNOUNCE your intent to play two balls, and DECLARE which ball you wish to count if permitted under the rules. The sequence in which the balls are played is immaterial.
  2. COMPLETE THE HOLE WITH BOTH BALLS. Don’t abandon or pick up either ball after invoking 3-3.
  3. REPORT THE FACTS to the Committee before returning your score card.

It is important to note that Rule 3-3 applies ONLY IN STROKE PLAY. There are no provisions for playing two balls in match play. In match play, the rules allow you and your opponent to agree immediately on how to proceed or, if you can’t agree, one of you can make a timely claim. Either way, you are expected to continue play without delay.

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