April 2016 ERMGC Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Club Membership

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 2016 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 Men's Club

Tournament News

Tournament: 2016 2 man Aggregate, April 17.

Registration ends Tuesday 4/12.

The Men's Club would like to thank Jim and Lori Brakas of Caldwell Banker and Golf Mart for sponsoring the 2016 ERMGC 2 man Aggregate Tournament.

FORMAT: Two-man teams, 18 holes of stroke play. The scores of both players count on every hole. The team score is the total of both players’ scores less their respective course handicaps. Flight will be determined based on the average index of the partners.

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

  • A Flight: Dan Beals/ Jim Shean
  • B Flight: Perry Williams/ James Wagner
  • C Flight: Mitch Drasco/Lyle Hall

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2016 39er

Sponsored by:


The Men's Club would like to thank Golftec for sponsoring the 2016 39er Tournament.


A Flight

  1. 1st Place - Dale Clark
  2. 2nd Place -Ryan Faust
  3. 3rd Place - James Heiser

B Flight

  1. 1st Place -Paul Latchford.
  2. 2nd Place - Joe Annicharico
  3. 3rd Place - Dick Beckman

C Flight

  1. 1st Place - Don Lucarelli
  2. 2nd Place - Don Western
  3. 3rd Place -Harry House

The Rules Column

Bunker Relief Options

You played your shot into a bunker, but the ball is lying nicely, you’ve got a level stance, no problem clearing the lip, and plenty of green to work with. Could be worse.

What if it is worse? What are your options if the ball is plugged under the lip, or in casual water three inches deep, or snuggled up against steps made of railroad ties, or in the heel mark of the inconsiderate oaf who didn’t rake?

Of course, you can ALWAYS play the ball as it lies in the bunker—but you don’t have to. You have options. You are even entitled to relief without penalty in some circumstances. In other cases, you can get out of a bad spot with a one-stroke penalty.

Let’s start with this basic premise: You can NEVER extricate your ball from a bunker without either 1) playing it out, or 2) taking a penalty stroke. Said another way, any relief available without penalty from a poor lie in a bunker will always require you to drop your ball within the bunker. This is one of the great principles in the Rules of Golf—you can get a good break, but you can’t get a free lunch.

You can get relief without penalty when your ball lies in a bunker and there is interference:

• By Abnormal Ground Conditions (Rule 25). These are “casual water, ground under repair, or hole, cast or runway made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.” That is all. A footprint made by an oaf is not listed.
• By an Immovable Obstruction (Rule 24). Generally, an obstruction is anything artificial—like wooden steps, plastic drain pipe, a metal culvert, mesh lining fabric, or the like. (But be careful… Railroad ties used to form the edges of bunkers are usually declared “integral parts of the course” and are NOT considered obstructions.)

If the Abnormal Ground Condition or Immovable Obstruction interferes with the lie of the ball, your stance, or the area of your intended swing, you may take relief as follows: 1) determine the nearest point of relief WITHIN THE BUNKER and no nearer the hole, and 2) drop the ball IN THE BUNKER within one club-length of that point no nearer the hole.

It can happen that the lie of your ball in the bunker is such that there is interference from Abnormal Ground Condition or Immovable Obstruction, but there is no point of relief within the bunker that is not nearer the hole, and playing the ball as it lies would be inviting disaster. All is not lost. Under penalty of one stroke you can take relief OUTSIDE the bunker as follows: 1) drop the ball keeping the point where the ball lay directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the bunker the ball may be dropped. Not a free lunch, but you extricated your ball from the bunker without making a swing and it only cost you one stroke.

Now, let’s go back to the situation where your ball is buried under the lip, or your stance is three feet above the ball, or you face some other next-to-impossible shot in a bunker. You can deem your ball unplayable ANYWHERE on the course—EXCEPT in a water hazard or lateral water hazard. If you deem your ball unplayable where it lays in the bunker, you can proceed under any of the options for relief in Rule 28 – Ball Unplayable. Under penalty of one stroke you can a.) Drop a ball at the point from where you last made a stroke, or b.) Drop a ball behind the point where the ball lay in the bunker without limit to how far behind that point EXCEPT that the ball MUST BE DROPPED IN THE BUNKER, or c.) Drop a ball within two club-lengths of the point where the ball lay in the bunker, no nearer the hole, and the ball MUST BE DROPPED IN THE BUNKER. Again, not a free lunch, but you reduced the chances of making a big number.

Let’s review… Before playing the ball from a bad lie in a bunker, consider your options.

• If there is interference from Abnormal Ground Conditions or Immovable Obstruction you are entitled to relief without penalty, but free relief will ALWAYS require that you drop your ball within the bunker.
• If free relief from the Abnormal Ground Conditions or Immovable Obstruction is not possible or is unappealing, you may take relief behind the bunker under penalty of one stroke.
• Unplayable Ball relief will be under penalty of one stroke. Either from the place where your last stroke was made (option a) or within the bunker (options b or c).

Dick Beckman – March 2016

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