August 2015 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 Combo Tournament, August 23.

Sponsored by

Charles "Chip" Conover

Our three Leucadia Pizzeria and Italian restaurants are known for our specialty pizzas, delicious pastas,
entrées, subs, salads, and desserts. Each location has a full selection of cocktails, wine and local beers on draft.

Locals have been meeting at Leucadia Pizzeria to celebrate special occasions for over 30 years. Open daily
for lunch and dinner, our dining rooms can also accommodate large gatherings, wedding
rehearsal dinners, family reunions, and corporate lunches. We have one of the largest and most
efficient delivery operations in San Diego, offering quick and friendly delivery of our entire menu.
Our La Jolla and Encinitas restaurants include large patios, perfect for casual banquets.

Our restaurants are located in the beautiful north coastal area of San Diego County, known
for great weather, famous beaches, surfing, golfing and many other year round outdoor activities.

For reservations, delivery or catering, call (760) 942-2222.
We deliver anywhere in the greater North County San Diego area.

The Men's Club would like to thank Chip Conover for sponsoring the 2015 Combo Tournament.

FORMAT 2-Man teams, 18-holes total team score.
Gross and Net competitions.
Teeing off on #1.

Holes 1-6 played Better Ball
Holes 7-12 played Scramble
Holes 13-18 played as Alternate Shot

Flights, Tees, & Handicaps: A Flight = blue, B Flight = green, C Flight = white.

Teams will be handicapped based on the average of individual indexes, with the higher index reduced (if necessary) to be within 5 strokes of the lower

The registration deadline is Tuesday August 18th.

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2014 Defending Champions


Tournament Results

Tournament: 2015 Member Guest

Sponsored by:

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


A Flight

  1. 1st Place -Standish, J. / Palmer, D
  2. 2nd Place -Turner, B. / Servi, M.
  3. 3rd Place - Silverstein, D. / Ebel, R.

B Flight

  1. 1st Place -Bloom, J. / Colarusso, J.
  2. 2nd Place -Camarillo, E. / Astamendi, R.
  3. 3rd Place - Anderson, D. / Anderson, L.

C Flight

  1. 1st Place -Cuccaro, C. / Conger, D
  2. 2nd Place -Haile, J. / Wilders, S.
  3. 3rd Place -Neumann, M. / Galloway, J.

Peoria Flight

  1. 1st Place - Hostetter, T. / Delinde, T.
  2. 2nd Place - Kelly-Cochrane, D. / McCauley, L.
  3. 3rd Place - Grassi, M. / Gaunce, J.


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

  • Anthony Carita
  • Michael Banks
  • John Thompson
  • Dave Allen
  • Brian Newmark
  • John Lee

The Rules Column

Returning Score Cards – Player Responsibilities

Rule 6 deals with a wide range of player responsibilities, including scoring in stroke play. Several incidents in recent tournaments suggest that players can be careless when returning score cards after finishing the round—usually with unpleasant results.

In stroke play, the player must return his score card to the Committee (scorer) at the designated scoring area as soon as possible after completion of the round. The PLAYER is responsible to check that scores for each hole are correct and legible, that the card is signed by himself and his marker, and that any doubtful points are settled with the Committee. If the event is played with handicaps, the PLAYER is responsible to check that his course handicap is recorded correctly on the card. The COMMITTEE is responsible for addition of the scores and application of handicap strokes.

No alteration of a score card is permitted after the card is returned to the Committee and the player has left the scoring area. Many events have a SPECIFIC area set aside for scoring. It may be a roped-off section near the scoreboard, or a table in the clubhouse manned by a representative of the Committee. In these situations, a player has ‘returned’ his card when he has left the scoring area.

At ERMGC events, cards are returned to the scorer in the clubhouse, but there are times when the Committee is not immediately available to settle doubtful points. If scoring issues are raised and the player is no longer available ON THE PREMISES and IN PERSON to discuss rulings or questions, the score card is considered ‘returned’.

In a recent event at Maderas with a shotgun start, competitors were required to return score cards to the scoring table in an area of the clubhouse specifically marked off with blue tape. Due to the shotgun start, all competitors finished at about the same time. Many players simply left their score cards on the table and walked away from the marked-off scoring area. The Committee later discovered that one competitor had returned a card with a score missing for one hole. That player was still on site, but had left the SPECIFIC scoring area. No alterations were permitted and that player was disqualified. The player would have won the flight if the correct score for that hole had been recorded on the card. The player was angry that the marker had omitted the score, but the PLAYER is ultimately responsible for correct hole-by-hole scores on the returned card—not the marker or the Committee.

In the Junior World event held recently at Morgan Run for 13-14 year-old boys, two separate incidents occurred due to failures when returning score cards. One turned out okay, the other did not.

One player returned a score card with only the signature of his marker. The boy had just shot a personal best 67 and was so excited over the low score that he raced away from the roped-off area surrounding the scoring tent without signing the card himself. The Committee had no choice but to disqualify the player.

In another situation, during the first of three competitive rounds a player had played two balls on one hole under provisions of Rule 3-3 Doubt as to Procedure. When this rule is invoked, the player MUST report the facts of the situation to the Committee before returning his score card. The player did report the facts to the scorer in an attempt to determine the correct score for the hole. Volunteer scorers are typical at Junior World events, and the volunteers are not qualified with knowledge of the rules. The scorer advised the player that a one-stroke penalty would apply to the score for the hole at which two balls were played and the player returned the card with the penalty applied.

Later that day, the volunteer recounted the incident in casual conversation with a rules official. It was determined that a two-stroke penalty should have been applied. Question: must the player be disqualified for returning a score lower than actually taken? Answer: Normally, yes. However, in this case the player acted on specific direction from the Committee. Decision 34-3/1 allows the Committee to correct a mistake made by the Committee provided that the competition has not been closed—remember that the incident occurred during the first of three rounds. The player’s score was adjusted before the start of the second round to include the two-stroke penalty, but he was not disqualified.

Bad things can happen if you are not focused on player responsibilities when returning your score card. To recap: BEFORE LEAVING THE SCORING AREA, confirm that hole-by-hole scores are correct and legible, that the card is signed by yourself and your marker, that your course handicap is correct, and that any rules issues are settled with the Committee.

Dick Beckman – August 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.

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

Rich Busby – Wednesday Play Chairman