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Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Tournament News

Tournament: 2016 Club Championship, September 10-11, 17-18.

Registration ends Tuesday 9/6.

FORMAT: The qualifying round is 18 holes of stroke play. The top eight finishers in each flight will qualify for match play. Ties will be decided by a card off. If there are 8 or less competitors signed up in any particular flight, we will seed you based on your current index. Lowest index will receive the #1 seed and so on.

ELIGIBILITY: To qualify for the Club Championship, you must earn (2) points to qualify to play.
Here's how to earn your points:
(1) Point awarded for playing in Thursday, Saturday or Senior League Team Play
(1) Point awarded for any Monthly Tournament
(1) Point awarded for (4) Wednesday Sweeps Rounds

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

2015 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: Tim Dudek
  • A Flight: Greg Baumann
  • B Flight: Paul Latchford
  • C Flight: Lou Kessing

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2016 Member Guest

Sponsored by:

The Men's Club would like to thank Jim and Lorie Brakas and Ron Peterson of Hoehn Motors for sponsoring the 2016 Member Guest.


A Flight

  1. 1st Place - Joseph Lilledahl / Rob Christensen
  2. 2nd Place - Jim L Brakas / Kyle Wall
  3. 3rd Place - Ryan Faust / Phil Charles

B Flight

  1. 1st Place - Milo Hama / Brian W Longmore
  2. 2nd Place - Tim Godsin / Ted Harelson
  3. 3rd Place - Logan Anderson / David Anderson

C Flight

  1. 1st Place - Paul S Murray / Jeffrey T Adams
  2. 2nd Place - Peter Sertic / Steven P Bradley
  3. 3rd Place - Mark A Neumann / David N Lewis

Peoria Flight

  1. 1st Place - Dr. Christopher Hoolihan / Jim Kotyk
  2. 2nd Place - Richard Beckman / Terry Bluemer
  3. 3rd Place - Ken Wolff / Christian Wolff

The Rules Column

Match Play Primer

In match play, the contest is between you and your opponent. You are not in competition with others playing ahead of and behind your pairing, so it is not necessary for you to “protect the field” as you would in stroke play. As a result, the Rules in Match play are different in many ways from the rules in Stroke Play. Explanation of some noteworthy differences follows, in no particular order. If a match play competition is on your calendar, you might want to review Rule 2 – Match Play.

Penalties: There are no two-stroke penalties in match play. A breach that would result in a two-stroke penalty in stroke play results in a LOSS OF HOLE penalty in match play. Examples: playing a wrong ball, removing a loose impediment in a hazard when your ball lies in the hazard, or advice.

Waiving the Rules: Players MUST NOT AGREE to exclude the operation of any Rule or to waive any penalty incurred. If they make such an agreement, they are disqualified. In application, it works like this… Example 1: A player observes that his opponent grounds his club in a hazard—which he knows is a violation—but he says nothing and makes no timely claim. There is no penalty. However, if the player says, “You violated a rule, but I’m not going to call it this time,” and the opponent says, “Great, thanks!” Both players are disqualified because the players are AWARE of the Rule and have AGREED to disregard it. Example 2: The players agree at any point before or after the start of the match to allow relief without penalty from a divot hole, and they are aware that such relief is not permitted under the Rules; they are disqualified—even if neither of them acts on the agreement. The players are NOT disqualified for such an agreement if they are unaware of the applicable rule or if they are uncertain how to apply the rules.

Claims: If a player chooses to call a penalty on his opponent, he must do so before either player plays from the next tee, or before leaving the green if it is the last hole of the match. If the opponent disagrees with the penalty or if there is uncertainty about application of the rules, the player must make a valid and timely “claim” and the match must continue without delay. The ruling can be sought at a later point in the match, or at the conclusion of the match, or the players can resolve the claim themselves. For a claim to be valid, a player must state to his opponent that he wants a ruling and must state the facts upon which the ruling is to be based. Example: “I want a ruling because I don’t think you were allowed to take free relief from that fence.” It is not sufficient to simply state, “I don’t think you played that hole according to the rules.” For a claim to be timely, a player must make the claim before either of them play from the next tee. No claim can be made after play of the next hole has begun—UNLESS the player making the claim was unaware of the facts involved in previous play. For example, during play of hole #6 Player A tells Player B, “Go ahead and remove that pine cone behind your ball in the bunker. I did that back on hole #4.” If Player B knows that this is not permitted under the rules, but was unaware that his opponent had removed a loose impediment from the bunker on hole #4, he may make a claim for hole #4 if he does so prior to either of them playing from the tee on hole #7. If, at any point prior to seeking a ruling on a claim, the players AGREE ON A RESOLUTION, the claim cannot be considered—even if the agreed resolution was contrary to the Rules.

Play of “Second Ball” Not Permitted: In match play, if the players are uncertain of a ruling, they may NOT play a second ball under Rule 3-3 – Doubt As To Procedure. This rule allowing play of a second ball applies to STROKE PLAY ONLY.

Concessions: A player may concede a match or a hole to his opponent at any time prior to the start or conclusion of the match or hole. A player may concede the next stroke to his opponent at any point during play of the hole provided that the opponent’s ball is at rest. A concession may not be declined or withdrawn. The players may concede their next strokes to each other at any point during the play of the hole. For example, players may agree to concede four-foot putts “good-good” and move on.

Halved Hole: The players may agree to “halve” a hole at any time after the play of the hole has begun. Example 1: Player A cannot find his ball played from the tee within the five minutes allowed. His opponent, Player B, finds his tee ball out of bounds. Rather than go back to the tee to put balls in play, they can agree to halve the hole and move to the next tee. Example 2: The players arrive at the tee and discover that they are badly out of position. In an effort to catch up with the group ahead, they agree to consider the hole halved without either player making a stroke and they move to the next tee. They are disqualified for failing to play the stipulated round.

Order of Play: On the first tee, the player listed first in the draw (bracket) has the honor. Thereafter, the player who won the previous hole has the honor or if the previous hole(s) is (are) halved the honor is retained. During the play of a hole, the ball farther from the hole is played first. If a player plays when his opponent should have played, there is no penalty, but the opponent MAY immediately require the player to cancel the stroke so made and, in correct order, play a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played. If the opponent makes a stroke after the player has played out of turn, he loses the option to recall the stroke. A player may allow his opponent to play out of turn in order to save time. Example 1: Player A’s ball is on the green 50 feet from the hole. Player B’s ball is in a bunker 30 feet from the hole. Player A may allow Player B to play first from the bunker. Example 2: Player A has the honor on the next tee, but he has to go back and retrieve a club left at the last putting green. Player A may say to Player B, “Go ahead and play from the tee. I’ll be right back.” When such permission is granted to play out of turn, the stroke played cannot be recalled.

Information As To Strokes Taken: An opponent is entitled to ascertain from the player, during play of the hole, the number of strokes he has taken. The player must not give wrong information to his opponent. If he gives wrong information, he loses the hole—unless he corrects the information before his opponent plays his next stroke. A player must notify his opponent of any penalty he has incurred unless it was obvious to the opponent that the player was proceeding under a rule involving a penalty. The notice must be given as soon as it is practical to do so. At the conclusion of a hole, the player must accurately report to his opponent the number of stokes he has taken to complete the hole. If he gives wrong information, and this affects the opponent’s understanding of the status of the match, the player must correct the information before either player plays from the next tee.

Advice: Information on the Rules, distance or matters of public information, such as the position of hazards or the flagstick on the putting green, is not advice. Players may not ask for or give counsel or suggestion that could influence a player in determining his play. Asking for or giving advice is a loss of hole penalty in match play. Example 1: Player A plays first from the tee on a par 3 hole. It is now Player B’s turn to play and he asks, “What club did you hit?” Player A replies, “Six iron.” Player B loses the hole as soon as he asks advice. It is immaterial that Player A responded. Example 2: The balls of Player A and Player B are in nearly the same place about 150 yards from the hole. Player A plays first and comes up twenty yards short. He says, “Wow, there is more wind up there than I expected.” It is Player B’s turn to play, and he asks, “Do you think it is a two-club wind?” Some discretion is appropriate in determining the difference between making casual statements and giving counsel. In this situation, Player A made a general comment on conditions affecting his result, while Player B was clearly asking for advice. Player B loses the hole.

Ball Assisting Or Interfering With Play: There is a persistent misconception that your opponent “controls your ball” in match play. This pseudo-rule might be invoked by a player who insists that his opponent’s ball be left in place on the putting green near the hole to act as a backstop when the player is chipping onto the green. The fact is that a player is entitled to mark and lift his ball on the putting green at any time unless the lifting might influence the movement of another ball already in motion. Similarly, if your opponent’s ball is interfering with your play, you may require it to be marked and lifted—even if that ball is not on the putting green. If your opponent refuses to mark and lift his ball which interferes with your play of the hole, he loses the hole.

Score Cards and Posting of Scores: The result of the match and any unresolved claims or disputes must be reported promptly to the Committee. In match play, it is NOT REQUIRED to sign and return a score card. However, you are expected to post your score for handicap purposes if your match goes to 13 or more holes. For posting purposes, you should record your score for each hole played as the number of strokes you would MOST LIKELY HAVE MADE if you had holed out. Example: your ball lies four on the putting green 20 feet from the hole and your opponent concedes your next stroke. In the match, your opponent has conceded your fifth stroke, but for POSTING PURPOSES you should record a six for that hole because you would most likely get down in two from that distance. For any holes not played after the conclusion of the match, you should record NET PAR. Before posting, adjust your scores for Equitable Stroke Control (ESC) based on your course handicap.

Dick Beckman – August 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.

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

Rich Busby – Wednesday Play Chairman