December ERMGC Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Club Membership

2016 Membership renewal is in full swing until December 14.

The Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club (ERMGC) is open to all applicants, 18 years of age and older. The $95 new and $78 renewal membership fee includes membership in the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) and a handicap index. Your membership also allows you to play in our monthly Sunday tournaments as well as our Wednesday sweeps, which is a weekly event that you can win scrip for the golf shop. All applicants, NEW and RENEWALS, must fill out this online form completely every year and all application fees are valid for the entire 2016 calendar year. If you sign up between October 1 and December 10, you membership will also include full privileges for the rest of the current year. If you renew your membership after December 14, you will be charged the "new" member rate of $95.

New Points Cup Description and Policy

Effective January 1, 2016

The Points Cup is a year-long competition to earn points for playing and placing in ERMGC weekend tournaments. After the December Stroke Play Tournament, the top four players in the points standings from each NET flight will play in an additional, limited-field event to determine Points Cup winners. There is no entry fee required for the Points Cup final.

Points are awarded to NET flight participants in every weekend tournament as follows:

Place Place Poinsettia Cup & Bonus Events Club Championship
1st 20 30 30
2nd 17 25 25
3rd 15 22 22
4th 14 20
5th 13 19 16
6th 11 17
7th 10 15
8th 8 13
9th 7 11 11
10th 6 9 9
Participation 5 7 7

Flight assignments for the Points Cup limited-field final are based on Current Index as of December 1 revision date of GHIN Handicap Index using the following table:

Flight Index Range
A Net 10.0 and lower
B Net 10.1 – 15.0
C Net 15.1 and higher

All points earned throughout the year when competing in NET flights are used to determine player standings within the flight assigned as of December 1, without regard to the NET flight in which the player earned points. (No points are awarded for players competing in the Championship flight.)

Question: Player “A” with a December 1 index of 10.2 has earned a total of 81 points with 57 points earned while competing in A Flight and 24 points earned in B Flight. His total of 81 ranks fourth in the A Net standings and ranks fifth in the B Net standings. May the player elect to play in the A Net flight because he earned the majority of his total points in that flight?
Answer: No. The player is assigned to B Net flight based on his December 1 current index.

Ties for Points Cup final eligibility will be decided as follows in order of application:
1. Player with the most points earned in the Poinsettia Cup.
2. Player with the most points earned in the Club Championship.
3. Player with the most points earned in December Stroke Play event.

If a player in the top four of the standings for any NET flight after the December Stroke Play Tournament declines to participate, the fifth player in the rankings becomes eligible. If that player declines, the sixth player becomes eligible, and so on. The field for each flight can include no more than four, but can be fewer if players decline to play as they become eligible and a full field of four cannot be reached.

Ties for first place in any flight at the conclusion of the Points Cup final will be decided by a hole-by-hole playoff. Ties for second or third place will be decided by matching score cards (USGA Handicap System 9-5).

ERMGC Board of Directors
November 16, 2015

Tournament News

Tournament: 2015 Fall Stroke Play, December 6 .

8AM Shotgun start - Green Fees: $75.00 (cart included)*

Registration ends Tuesday 12/1.

Sponsored by Blake Dodson and ERGA (Encinitas Ranch Golf Authority, the governing board for the golf course), and the rest of the wonderful, helpful staff at the golf course.

FORMAT: 18 Holes of Stroke Play

This is your last chance to get into the top 4 to be able to play for the Points Cup championship for your flight.
Points for this event: 1=23, 2=18, 3=15, 4=14, 5=12, 6=9, 7=8, 8=5, 9=3, 10=2.

POINTS CUP: Please check the standings. Top 4 in each flight will compete in a 18 hole stroke play event Dec 13th

Next year we will be giving points for participation. Updates coming soon.

SKINS: $10 Entry. Skins will be based on each flight. Championship Gross Skins. A, B, C Net Skins.
Money will be collected at check in time. CASH only. To be eligible you must pay before your round starts.

GREEN FEES: The Men’s Club does not set the cost for Green Fees. Please speak to the Encinitas Ranch golf course regarding fees and coupon usage. Shotguns do not allow the use of JC Coupons.

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2014 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: Greg jacobs
  • A Flight: Greg Baumann
  • B Flight: Hank Logan
  • C Flight: Rich Busby

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2015 Stableford

Sponsored by:

The Men's Club would like to thank Olsons Car wash for sponsoring the 2015 Stableford Tournament.


Championship Flight

  1. Dana Albert
  2. Jeremy Steiding

A Flight

  1. 1st Place - Richard Beckman
  2. 2nd Place -Al Pak
  3. 3rd Place - John Gothard

B Flight

  1. 1st Place -David Griggs
  2. 2nd Place -Ron Peterson
  3. 3rd Place - Daniel Silverstein

C Flight

  1. 1st Place - Mark Neumann
  2. 2nd Place - Peter Sertic
  3. 3rd Place - Harry House

The Rules Column

Rules Change for 2016: Anchored Putting Stroke Prohibited

This rules change has been on the horizon for over two years, so it is not “breaking news” to golfers that a new rule affecting the putting stroke will be in effect beginning January 1, 2016. However, what the rule actually means might still be unclear to many players.

It is a common misconception that the new rule bans long putters. Not true.

Here is the complete text of the rule:

14-1b Anchoring the Club
In making a stroke, the player must not anchor the club, either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point.”

Note 1: The club is anchored “directly” when the player intentionally holds the club or a gripping hand in contact with any part of his body, except that the player may hold the club or a gripping hand against a hand or forearm.

Note 2: An “anchor point” exists when the player intentionally holds a forearm in contact with any part of his body to establish a gripping hand as a stable point around which the other hand may swing the club.

Penalty: Match play – Loss of hole; Stroke play – Two strokes.

Note that this new provision is included under Rule 14 – Striking the Ball. 14-1b prohibits a specific type of stroke. This is NOT a rule about equipment, and it does NOT prohibit any type or length of putter that is conforming under Rule 4 – Clubs.

There are a great many gripping styles and types of strokes available to players. Only a very few options are eliminated under the new rule. You will see that some players are abandoning their long putters—Adam Scott is an example. Others will keep using the long putter, but will move the top hand away from their chest (or the butt end of the grip away from their belly) when they putt, thereby eliminating the anchor point.

A video available at the USGA website will help to clarify what the rule change means. Click on the following link to the video: USGA-VIDEO-14-1b.

Question: Can my golf organization make a local rule or adopt a condition of competition to waive or decline to enforce the rule?
Answer: No. A competition committee or club administration has “no power to waive a Rule of Golf” (Rule 33-1).

Question: Is it a breach of the rule if the club, a gripping hand or a forearm inadvertently touches the body (or clothing) during the stroke?
Answer: No. It is a breach only when the player INTENTIONALLY anchors the club either directly or through the use of an anchor point. Inadvertent contact with the body or clothing is not a breach.

So when January 2016 rolls around, don’t be too quick to cry foul when someone in your group pulls a broomstick or belly putter out of the bag. A penalty under new Rule 14-1b would only apply if the player ANCHORS THE CLUB either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point” when making the stroke.

Dick Beckman – November 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 Open to All 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