July ERMGC Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Club Membership


Anyone signing up for Encinitas Ranch Men’s Golf Club membership on July 1 or
later, please be advised of the following items of interest.

  • * Member dues for those joining ERMGC on July 1 or later are $78. That
    membership is effective through December, but would need to be renewed
    for the following calendar year.
  • * To play in the Club Championship tournament in September, a member must
    earn two points. Points are awarded as follows: one point for participation in
    a Sunday Men’s club tournament; one point for every four rounds of
    Wednesday Sweep play; 1 point for representing ERMGC in Saturday Team
    Play or San Diego County Senior League.
  • * Anyone joining ERMGC on October 1 or later may play the rest of the current
    year and all of the next year for a single dues payment of $95.

If you are still interested in joining the club at this time, please “click” on the
membership tab on our home page. Fill out the form and submit.

Thank you,
Ron Peterson
Membership Chairman ERMGC

Tournament News

Tournament: 2015 Member-Guest Tournament with Dinner and Raffle, July 12.

Sponsored by

The Men's Club would like to thank Jim and Lorie Brakas and Coldwell Banker and Ron Peterson and Hoehn Motors for sponsoring the 2015 Member-Guest Tournament.

Format: 18 holes of stroke play with the club member and his guest playing as a team. The better score of the partners count as the team score on each hole. The Championship flight will be played at scratch. Flights A, B, and C will use handicaps based on July 1st Index. Teams in the Peoria Flight must record the better GROSS score of partners as the team score and the committee will calculate the handicap and net score for each team at the conclusion of the round using the Modified Peoria System.

The registration deadline is Tuesday July 7th.

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2014 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: JEREMY STEIDING / Roland Achtel
  • A Flight: DANIEL SILVERSTEIN/ Ron Bell
  • B Flight: RAY CHANDLER/ Mark Liggett
  • C Flight: CHARLES CUCCARO/ Dan Conger
  • Peoria Flight: HARRY A HOUSE/ Kirk House

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2015 SCGA Qualifier and Stroke Play

Sponsored by:

The Men's Club would like to thank Le Papagayo for sponsoring the 2015 2 SCGA Qualifier and Stroke Play Tournament.


A Flight

  1. Al Pak/ Dale kelly-Cochrane
  2. Ken Wolff/ Van Logan
  3. Dana Albert/ John Gothard

B+ Flight

  1. Ronald Peterson/Mark Grassi
  2. Dan Silverstein/ Tim Godsin
  3. Richard Beckman/ Greg Hamilton

B Flight

  1. Sean Galleher
  2. John A. Johnur
  3. Henry Logan

C Flight

  1. Tim Hostetter
  2. Peter Sertic
  3. William Gladstoneo


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

  • Tony Cohen
  • Jack Wilson
  • Myron Carrico
  • Scott Anzel
  • Chris Dreher
  • Todd Cunningham
  • Robert Zoechling

The Rules Column

Water Hazard Woes – Sorting the Options

Some relief situations can get complicated. A player in a recent event at Maderas was unsure how to proceed, but got help from a rules official and avoided a DQ. We will review the incident step-by-step as it unfolded.

The player played from the tee on the 16th, a downhill par-four with a dry creek crossing the fairway within range of a well-struck drive. The tee ball was headed down the left side of the fairway as the player lost sight of it. Unsure of what the terrain was like on that side of the hole, the player announced and played a provisional ball which came to rest in the middle of the fairway.

A rules official was in position at the landing area, and assisted the player in searching for the original ball. It was found in the dry creek bed lying on sand about three feet short of the far bank of the waterway. This water hazard was marked with YELLOW stakes, meaning that it was NOT a lateral water hazard—which would have been marked with red stakes. (Relief options are different as explained in Rule 26 – Water Hazards, Including Lateral Water Hazards.)

Player Question: Can I play the ball as it lies? Rules Answer: Yes, you may play the ball as it lies, or you may take relief under Rule 26. Player: I’d rather play my provisional ball instead. Can I do that? Ruling: No, the provisional must be abandoned, since the original was neither LOST OUTSIDE A WATER HAZARD, nor OUT OF BOUNDS (Rule 27).

The player elected to play the ball from the water hazard. The shot was bladed into the far bank of the creek bed, bounded backwards, and came to rest within the hazard near a small wooden walking bridge crossing the creek bed. The ball never crossed the margin of the hazard. Player lays two.

Player: Can I play the ball as it lies? Ruling: Yes, you may play the ball as it lies, or you may take relief under Rule 26. (Same as before.) Key point here… Even though the player has played a stroke from within the water hazard and the ball never left the hazard, the player is not precluded from taking relief outside the hazard. The reference point for relief would be where the ball LAST CROSSED THE MARGIN of the hazard—which would be the point where the TEE BALL entered the hazard.

Player: Do I get relief from the bridge? Ruling: No, there is no relief from an obstruction when the ball lies in a hazard (Rule 24).

The player elected to play the ball again from the hazard. This shot was topped about 10 feet forward into the bottom of the creek bed and nestled down in a pile of rocks. Player lays three.

Player: I can’t play from there. Can I declare the ball unplayable? Ruling: No, a ball in a water hazard cannot be declared unplayable (Rule 28). If relief is desired, it must be taken under one of the options in Rule 26.

Player: I’m going to take relief from the water hazard. Can I drop here? (Points to a spot about two club-lengths to the right of where the tee ball crossed the margin. Ruling: No, two club-lengths from point of entry is NOT AN OPTION when the margin is defined by YELLOW lines or stakes. This is an option only when the hazard is defined by RED lines or stakes.

Player drops a ball on the tee side of the water hazard on an extension of the line from the flagstick through the point where the tee ball crossed the margin. The ball was dropped about 20 yards back from the creek bed. (There is no limit on how far behind the hazard the ball can be dropped, as long as it is dropped on the extension of the flagstick/point-of-entry line.) Player lays four—three strokes made plus one penalty stroke to take relief from the water hazard.

The player shanks the next shot which bounces off the wooden bridge, over the water hazard, and comes to rest in the short grass about 30 yards short of the green. Player lays five and is able to complete the hole without need for further rulings. This player made some bad decisions and hit some poor shots, but did not break any rules.

All of these rules came into play during this incident: Rule 26 – Water Hazards, Including Lateral Water Hazards; Rule 27 – Ball Lost or Out of Bounds, Provisional Ball; Rule 28 – Ball Unplayable; and Rule 24 – Obstructions. Would you have sorted this out correctly?

Dick Beckman – June 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.

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