June 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 2 Man Better Ball and SCGA Qualifier, June 14.

Sponsored by

The Men's Club would like to thank Le Papagayo for sponsoring the 2015 SCGA Qualifying Tournament.

Le Papagayo blends Mediterranean & Asian influences and pacific coast cuisine to create an amazing
fine dining experience. Chef Vincent and myself combine the freshest of local ingredients and
Mediterranean & Asian flavors to create a unique character for each meat or seafood plate. Each
meal is created from scratch. Creativity takes time, so don’t expect fast food at Le Papagayo, but
instead sit back and enjoy a glass of wine or one of our decadent cocktails. Dining at La Papagayo is a
full experience that will tempt all of your senses. Amazing food and a warm and inviting dining room
which looks like an art gallery are all parts of the experience. We also offer a lounge, a heated patio &
unplugged live music every night.

Cheer! Francois, owner
1002 N. Coast Hwy 101, Leucadia, CA. 92024 Tel. 760-944-8252
Open 7 days a week, Happy hour 5-6:30 Tuesday “all night Long”
Full Bar, Live music and catering available

We will be running 2 separate tournaments on the same day. You will only play in one!
Both of these tournaments are listed on the entry screen. Make sure you sign up for the correct one!

Tournament 1

2015 SCGA Four-Ball Qualifier (All A Flight and Championship Flight will be required to play in this tournament)(Optional B Flight)

FORMAT: Two-man teams, 18 holes of stroke play, with the better net score of the partners to count as the team score on each hole. 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. Maximum allowable index is 18.4 The team with the best NET score total from the BLUE TEES will have the opportunity to represent ERMGC in the SCGA 4-Ball Tournament Qualifier in August. ALL TEAMS WILL PLAY FROM THE BLUE TEES.

Tournament 2

2015 June Stroke Play (Primary a B and C Flight tournament)

FORMAT: 18 Holes of Individual stroke play.


Sign up here!

The registration deadline is Tuesday June 9th.

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2014 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: Greg Jacobs
  • C Flight: MARK A NEUMANN

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2015 Poinsettia Cup

Sponsored by:

The Men's Club would like to thank Ray Nosse and Islands Restaurant for sponsoring the 2015 2 Poinsettia Tournament.


Championship Flight

  1. Scott Stewart
  2. Greg Jacobs
  3. Tim Dudek

A Flight

  1. John Gothard
  2. Brad Baumann
  3. Dale Kelly Cochrane

B Flight

  1. Ravi Raviendran
  2. Al Pak
  3. Ken Wolff

C Flight

  1. Tim Hostetter
  2. William Gladstone
  3. Ed Camarillo


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

  • Christopher Hoolihan
  • Bob Zaiser
  • David Snakenborg
  • Breck Degroff
  • Gerald Wenz
  • Ian Eggleston

The Rules Column

FAQ’s Around the Green

There are many rules which come into play when your ball is on or near the putting green—far too many to cover in a single article. However, here are a few frequently asked questions and brief answers about play on/around the green.

Can I remove sand on my line of play? Yes, if the sand is ON THE PUTTING GREEN. No, if the sand is NOT on the putting green. Common situation: Your ball is on the fringe, and sand splashed out of a bunker is on your line of play. You may brush away any sand which is on the putting surface, but not the sand which is on the fringe. In the rare situation when sand is splashed onto your line of play AFTER your ball came to rest, you may remove the sand from the fringe.

Can I repair a ball mark (pitch mark) on my line of play? Yes, if the ball mark is ON THE PUTTING GREEN. No, if the pitch mark is NOT on the putting green. Common situation: Your ball is on the fringe and a pitch mark near your ball intervenes on your line of play or interferes with your stroke. The pitch mark may NOT be repaired or smoothed until after you have played. Of course, you would be entitled to relief without penalty if your ball is EMBEDDED in its own pitch mark on the fringe. In the rare situation when a pitch mark is made by another ball AFTER your ball came to rest, you may repair the pitch mark on the fringe.

Can I repair damage to the hole before putting? Yes, if the damage was caused by a BALL MARK. No, if the damage resulted from some other cause. Common situation: You arrive at the green and discover that the edge of the hole is ragged or pushed down—maybe due to a careless action by a preceding group. You should not attempt to repair the damage until all players have holed out. In the rare situation when the proper dimensions of the hole have been CHANGED MATERIALLY, you may repair the hole before putting.

Can the flagstick which has been laid on the green or fringe be moved to prevent a ball from striking it? Yes, anyone can move the FLAGSTICK which has been removed from the hole—even when a ball is in motion. Common situation: All players are on or near the green and the flagstick is removed and laid some distance from the hole. A stroke is made and it appears that the ball may strike the flagstick, which would result in a penalty to the player who had played the stroke. The FLAGSTICK MAY BE MOVED without penalty. The EQUIPMENT of any player (such as a club, towel or golf cart) may also be moved without penalty to prevent a ball in motion from striking the object. However, other obstructions (such as a bunker rake) may NOT be moved while a ball is in motion. Note: A ball is NOT equipment unless it has been lifted and not replaced. Therefore, YOU MAY NOT MARK AND LIFT A BALL WHEN ANOTHER BALL IS IN MOTION.

Can the putting green be touched to indicate the line of play? Yes, but only if the player’s ball lies OFF the green. No, if the lie of the ball is ON the putting surface. Common situation: You are preparing to chip or putt from the FRINGE and your partner/caddie taps the green to indicate a line of play—no penalty. However, if your ball or ball marker is ON THE GREEN and your partner/caddie places his foot, sets the flagstick, or otherwise TOUCHES the green FOR THE PURPOSE OF INDICATING YOUR LINE OF PUTT, you incur a penalty. In the rare situation when your ball or ball marker is on the green and the FRINGE is touched to indicate a line, there would be no penalty.

Can I get relief from a sprinkler head or a drain cover on the fringe of the green? Yes, but only if the obstruction interferes with the LIE OF THE YOUR BALL, YOUR STANCE, or the AREA OF YOUR INTENDED SWING. No, if the obstruction intervenes on your LINE OF PLAY. Common situation: Your ball lies on the fringe and a sprinkler head is several feet ahead and directly on your line of play to the hole. NO RELIEF is permitted because 1) your ball does not lie in or on the obstruction, 2) your stance is not impacted, and 3) you are not likely to strike the sprinkler head with the club during your intended swing. In rare situations, a local rule could provide for “line of play” relief from immovable obstructions close to the putting green. This local rule (Appendix I, Part B-6.) is SELDOM IN EFFECT, and would have to be expressly stated in the written Conditions of Competition before it could be invoked.

Dick Beckman – May 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. www.ermgc.org

Hope to see you on Wednesdays. Support your Men's Club and hone your golf skills through friendly competition.

Rich Busby – Wednesday Play Chairman