January ERMGC Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Tournament News

Tournament: 2016 January Stroke Play, January 24 .

Registration ends Tuesday 1/19.

Merrill Lynch Website

The Men's Club would like to thank Dana Albert of Merrill Lynch for sponsoring the 2016 ERMGC Stroke Play Golf Tournament.

FORMAT: 18 Holes of Stroke Play

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.

Sign up here!

2014 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: Greg jacobs
  • A Flight: Eric Diaz
  • B Flight: Sean Galleher
  • C Flight: Bob Wilkes

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2015 Fall Stroke Play

Sponsored by:

The Men's Club would like to thank 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 for sponsoring the 2015 Fall Stroke Play Tournament.


Championship Flight

  1. David Barker
  2. Jim Hartley

A Flight

  1. 1st Place - Brad Baumann
  2. 2nd Place -Dale Kelly-Cochrane
  3. 3rd Place - Bob Ransome

B Flight

  1. 1st Place -Lou Kessing
  2. 2nd Place -Ron Peterson
  3. 3rd Place - David Griggs

C Flight

  1. 1st Place - Rich Busby
  2. 2nd Place - Mark Neumann
  3. 3rd Place - Peter Sertic

The Rules Column

Rules Change for 2016: Ball Moving After Address

Effective January 1, 2016, Rule 18-2 Ball at Rest Moved by Player, Partner, Caddie or Equipment will change. The change is subtle, but can be significant in some situations.

Section 18-2b Ball Moving After Address has been WITHDRAWN. This section previously read as follows:

If a player’s ball in play moves after he has addressed it (other than as a result of a stroke), the player is deemed to have moved the ball and incurs a penalty of one stroke.
The ball must be replaced, unless the movement of the ball occurs after the player has begun the stroke or the backward movement of the club for the stroke and the stroke is made.
Exception: If it is known or virtually certain that the player did not cause his ball to move, Rule 18-2b does not apply.

The wording in 18-2b suggests that if the ball moves after address, the player is automatically assumed (deemed) to have caused the ball to move and is penalized. Under the Exception above, the penalty applies unless some other observable factor (e.g., wind, water or an outside agency) caused the ball to move. (Previous Decision 18-2b/1)

By eliminating the 18-2b section, the question of whether the ball was addressed is less relevant. The new 18-2 rule focuses on the central question: Did the player cause the ball to move? In the old rule, the player was penalized unless there was “knowledge or virtual certainty” that wind, water, or other observable factor caused the ball to move. The new rule applies a different standard described as “weight of evidence” to determine whether the player caused the movement and is subject to penalty.

The “weight of evidence” standard is described in great detail in new Decision 18-2/0.5. The decision is too lengthy to be printed in this article, but it is important to read the entire decision. A link follows: 18-2/0.5 (You will need to scroll down to this decision.)

When all of the relevant factors are considered, a penalty would be assessed only if it “is more likely than not that the player caused his ball to move.” As you can see from reading the decision, the player is not exonerated in many situations, but the new rule considers the possibility that other factors may have caused the movement. This is more player-friendly than the previous rule which automatically deemed the player to have caused the movement.

Examples in the decision:

Question: A player’s ball lies on a flat portion of the putting green on a day with light winds. The player addresses the ball and the ball immediately moves. Is the player penalized?
Answer: Under these circumstances, it is more likely than not that the act of addressing the ball caused the ball to move. The player is penalized one stroke and must replace the ball.

Question: On a very windy day, a player addresses the ball on the putting green. A short time later the ball moves slightly in the direction the wind is blowing. Is the player penalized?
Answer: The strength and direction of the wind and the delay in the movement of the ball after the club was grounded indicate that factors other than the player are more likely than not to have caused the movement. The player is not penalized and the ball must be played from its new position.

Question: A player’s ball lies on an upslope in a closely-mown area. He makes a practice swing, but does so some distance from the ball as he is concerned that the ball may move. He carefully takes his stance but does not ground his club. Prior to making his backswing for the stroke, the ball moves. Is the player penalized?
Answer: As the ball did not move while the player made the practice swing or took his stance, it is more likely than not that other factors (i.e., the ball’s lie on an upslope) caused the ball to move. The player is not penalized and must play the ball from its new position.

Dick Beckman – December 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. 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