January 2017 ERMGC Newsletter

Encinitas Ranch Men's Golf Club Newsletter

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Donation for Memorial Bench for Ray Nosse

In July, our beloved friend and fellow club member Ray Nosse lost a brave and prolonged fight against a rare form of lymphoma. The Men’s Club is donating a memorial bench to be placed at the tee on hole #9 at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course. From this vantage point, there is a nice view of the ocean where Ray enjoyed paddle boarding as much as he enjoyed golf.

The ERMGC board is requesting contributions from club members to help defray the cost of the bench and the commemorative bronze plaque. The final cost of the memorial is $1696. Once we reach our goal, the donations will close.

If you would like to make a donation, please access by pressing the button below.

Tournament News

Tournament: 2017 January Stroke Play Tournament, January 22.

Registration ends Tuesday 1/17.

Sponsored by:

Merrill Lynch Website

FORMAT: 18 Holes of Individual stroke play.

To register for this tournament go to: Registration

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.

2016 Defending Champions

  • Championship Flight: Ryan Faust
  • A Flight: Andrew Boes
  • B Flight: Tony Mancuso
  • C Flight: William Gladstone

Tournament Results

Tournament: 2016 Fall Stroke Play

Sponsored by:

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.


A Flight

  1. 1st Place - Richard Beckman
  2. 2nd Place - Joseph Lilledahl
  3. 3rd Place - Mark Nucci

B Flight

  1. 1st Place - Paul Latchford
  2. 2nd Place - John Johur
  3. 3rd Place - Francis Cagney

C Flight

  1. 1st Place - Tim Godsin
  2. 2nd Place - Lou Kessing
  3. 3rd Place - Don Lucarelli

The Rules Column


Motivated by the Dustin Johnson Rules incident during final round play of the 2016 U.S. Open Championship at Oakmont, the USGA introduces a new Local Rule regarding movement of a ball on a putting green. It is anticipated that the Local Rule will be widely adopted throughout the professional and elite-level amateur events and it is recommended for all levels of play. Encinitas Ranch Men’s Golf Club will implement the Local Rule for all of our competitions effective January 1, 2017.

The Oakmont ruling controversy began with Dustin Johnson’s ball moving while he was preparing to putt on the green of hole #5. At the time, a ruling was delivered that the player had not caused the ball to move and therefore no penalty would be assessed under the applicable rule (18-2 Ball at Rest Moved by Player). Later, video review of the incident raised the possibility that Dustin’s actions may have caused the movement, and the USGA determined that a penalty might be assessed at the end of the round, pending further review of the footage and discussion with the player. Dustin was advised of the possible penalty on the tee of hole #12, and had to play the balance of the round without knowing exactly where he stood on the leaderboard.

Rule 18-2 had recently been changed (January 2016) to make it more player-friendly by permitting consideration of specific circumstances in determining if the movement of the ball was “more likely than not” to have been caused by the player. In practice, the change failed to eliminate questions about what might have caused the ball to move and did little to streamline rulings.

Since most of the “ball moved” instances occur on the putting green, the Local Rule applies only to ACCIDENTAL movement of the ball ON THE PUTTING GREEN and not elsewhere on the course. Recommended wording of the Local Rule is shown below.

Accidental Movement of a Ball on a Putting Green

Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1 are modified as follows:

When a player’s ball lies on the putting green, there is no penalty if the ball or ball-marker is accidentally moved by the player, his partner, his opponent, or any of their caddies or equipment.

The moved ball or ball-marker must be replaced as provided in Rules 18-2, 18-3 and 20-1.

This Local Rule applies only when the player’s ball or ball-marker lies on the putting green and any movement is accidental.

Note: If it is determined that a player’s ball on the putting green was moved as a result of wind, water or some other natural cause such as the effects of gravity, the ball must be played as it lies from its new location. A ball-marker moved in such circumstances is replaced.

It is important to note the difference between accidental movement caused by the player, his partner, his opponent, etc. and movement caused by wind, water, effects of gravity, etc. If the ball or ball-marker is moved accidentally, it is replaced WITHOUT PENALTY. If the ball is moved by natural causes, it is played from its new location.

What is an “accident” within the context of this Local Rule?
• Ball moves when player is preparing to make a stroke or when addressed.
• Ball struck during a practice stroke.
• Ball dropped on ball marker or putter falls on ball.
• Ball kicked by player not paying attention.

You get no help from this Local Rule if you INTENTIONALLY move or lift the ball without first marking its location. Intentional movement results in a one-stroke penalty and the ball must be replaced. Remember that the Local Rule applies ONLY on the putting green of the hole being played.

Dick Beckman – December 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