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Albitz and Togliatti Win March 2-Man Scramble

March 20th, 2018 posted by Jim Thompson

The 2-Man Scramble was played March 17th with a field of 130 CMGC Members playing in tough weather again early on Saturday.  The weather didn’t bother Paul Albitz and Dante Togliatti who won with a net 62.  Congratulations to that team!

First Flight: Paul and Dante in 1st place, Ian Langdon and Mike Mendez came in 2nd with the teams of Ron Mispagel and Jan Gosewich, Michael Gillard and Michael Ladd, Rodney Eales and Rodney R Eales tying for 3rd place.

Second Flight: Bob Plumb and the tardy Jim Laslavic in 1st place, with the teams of Tim Harris and Chris McCann, Mike and Matt Gallagher, Marty Jensen and Bob Concannon tying for 2nd place.

Thanks to all those that participated over the weekend.

2019 Changes to the Rules of Golf

March 13th, 2018 posted by Jim Thompson

The USGA sent the following information to USGA members informing them of the changes to the Rules of Golf that will take effect on January 1, 2019 and recapping recent changes that have been implemented to “modernize” the rules:

While the majority of proposed Rules remain intact in the final version, several important changes to the initial proposals and further clarification of many Rules were incorporated. The most significant adjustments made following review of the feedback received from golfers around the world include:

Dropping procedure: When taking relief (from an abnormal course condition or penalty area, for example), golfers will now drop from knee height. This will ensure consistency and simplicity in the dropping process while also preserving the randomness of the drop. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested dropping from any height).

Measuring in taking relief: The golfer’s relief area will be measured by using the longest club in his/her bag (other than a putter) to measure one club-length or two club-lengths, depending on the situation, providing a consistent process for golfers to establish his/her relief area. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 suggested a 20-inch or 80-inch standard measurement).

Removing the penalty for a double hit: The penalty stroke for accidentally striking the ball more than once in the course of a stroke has been removed. Golfers will simply count the one stroke they made to strike the ball. (Key change: the proposed Rules released in 2017 retained the existing one-stroke penalty).

Balls Lost or Out of Bounds: Alternative to Stroke and Distance: A new Local Rule will now be available in January 2019, permitting committees to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty. It addresses concerns raised at the club level about the negative impact on pace of play when a player is required to go back under stroke and distance. The Local Rule is not intended for higher levels of play, such as professional or elite level competitions. (Key change: this is a new addition to support pace of play) “We’re thankful for the golfers, administrators and everyone in the game who took the time to provide us with great insight and thoughtful feedback,” said Thomas Pagel, USGA Senior Director of Rules & Amateur Status. “We couldn’t be more excited to introduce the new Rules ahead of the education process and their implementation.”

David Rickman, Executive Director – Governance at The R&A, said, “We are pleased to be introducing the new Rules of Golf after a collaborative and wide-ranging review process which has embraced the views of golfers, Rules experts and administrators worldwide. We believe that the new Rules are more in tune with what golfers would like and are easier to understand and apply for everyone who enjoys playing this great game.”

Major proposals introduced in 2017 that have been incorporated into the modernized Rules include: Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties:

There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player will not be responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.

Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.

Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red- and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.

Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.

Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.

Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play. Presented in digital, text-based form today, the new Rules will also now be translated into more than 30 languages and readied for final delivery via print and digital formats, including searchable Rules of Golf official apps developed by the USGA and The R&A. Three important publications, to be distributed this fall, will help players as well as officials and provide interpretation and guidance in how the Rules are applied:

The Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf: An abridged, user-friendly set of the Rules with shorter sentences, commonly used phrases, and diagrams. Written in the “second person,” The Player’s Edition is intended to be the primary publication for golfers.

The Rules of Golf: The full edition of the Rules will be written in the third person and include illustrations. It is intended to be a more thorough version of the revised Rules.

The Official Guide to the Rules of Golf: This “guidebook” replaces the Decisions book and will contain information to best support committees and officials. It includes interpretations of the Rules, committee procedures (available Local Rules and information on establishing the terms of the competition), and the Modified Rules of Golf for Players with Disabilities. It is a comprehensive resource document intended as a supplementary publication. More than 30 “how-to-apply” videos and a summary of the principal changes are now available at Additional educational tools will be released in September.

Players are reminded that the current edition of the Rules of Golf (2016) must be applied when playing, posting scores or competing for the remainder of 2018. The Rules of Amateur Status and the Rules of Equipment Standards were not part of this review process.

As an extension of their support of the Rules of Golf worldwide, Rolex has made a commitment to support The R&A and the USGA’s efforts to modernize golf’s Rules. The Swiss watchmaker’s contribution to excellence in golf is based on a rich heritage stretching back more than 50 years, forged through pivotal partnerships at every level of the game, from the sport’s leading professional and amateur competitions and organizations, to players at the pinnacle of their sport worldwide.

Jackson, Armstrong, Blatnik and Hancock Win 2-Day Satellite Tournament

March 12th, 2018 posted by Jim Thompson

The 2018 March 2-Day Satellite was played March 10th and 11th with the field of 157 CMGC Members playing in tough weather on Saturday and much better weather on Sunday.  Congratulations to the team of Keith Jackson, Jeff Armstrong, Tony Blatnik and Hank Hancock which won the net best 2 balls of 4 with a total of 252.

The team of George Blair, David Hudson, Bill Wilson and Randy Dorris came in 2nd  place with a net 253 and an incredible 117 on Sunday, with Randy shooting a 65.

The teams of Mark Shults, Gerry Susko, Ron Stone and Bob Lucas; Jim Richardson, Ralph Raya, Richard McGaffigan and Scott Anderson; and Dan Trowbridge, Kirk Ferris, Ray Cota and Dean Nelson tied for 3rd place.

Thanks to all those that participated over the weekend.

President’s Cup: Artie Debaca Wins Again!

February 12th, 2018 posted by Jim Thompson

The 2018 President’s Cup was played February 10th and 11th with the field of 155 CMGC Members playing in tough weather on Saturday and much better weather on Sunday.  The weather didn’t bother Artie DeBaca who won the overall with an incredible net 130.  Congratulations to Artie who will have his name put on the perpetual trophy.

First Flight: Keith Hughes came in 1st place with a net 138, Steve Koudelka was 2nd with Ian Langdon in 3rd place.

Second Flight: Artie Debaca won, with Dante Togliatti and Magic Taylor tying for 2nd place.

Third Flight: Ken Flandro won with a net 139, Richard McGaffigan came in 2nd place with Gene Kemp in 3rd place.

Fourth Flight: Ed Pietrzak and Rocky Spane tied for 1st, with Bob Lucas and Bill O’Connell tying for 3rd place.

Thanks to all those that participated over the weekend.

Rules Corner: When Is a Putt “Holed”?

January 24th, 2018 posted by Jim Thompson

In this month’s tournament, a player hit his putt into the hole, but it caught the edge of the hole liner and ultimately came to rest out of the hole. The player wanted to know if he could treat the ball as being holed or not.   According to the definition of a “holed” ball in the USGA’s Rules and Decisions (Section II):

“A ball is “holed” when it is at rest within the circumference of the hole and all of it is below the level of the lip of the hole.”  

Therefore, under the circumstances described by the player, his ball was not holed as it did not come to rest below the level of the lip of the hole.

Bill Pultz, CMG Rules Chairman

O’Connell, Palkowitz, Winder and DeBaca win CMGC 2018 New Member Mixer

January 17th, 2018 posted by John Rains

The CMGC 2018 New Member Mixer was played Jan. 13th and 14th and welcomed twelve (12) New Members that competed along with the field of (154) CMGC Members playing in great weather over the weekend.

First Place: the team of Bill O’Connell, Art Palkowitz, Pat Winder and Artie DeBaca won the tournament with a net 255 score. 

Second Place: the team of Ken Hafner, Greg Enright, and Brian Darrock came in 2nd place. 

Third Place: the teams of Steve Brown, Ian Langdon, Peter Stillman, Mike Mendez and Dick Watts, Jeff Olson, Ron Scurr and Dusty Brown tied for 3rd place. 



From the Incoming President:

January 4th, 2018 posted by Ken Hafner

First and foremost, I’d like to thank the following outgoing Board of Governors (BoG) for their contributions to the Coronado Men’s Golf Club (CMGC):

  • Monty McIntyre, President
  • Dave Watson, Vice President & Membership
  • Tom Weiks, Handicap Chairman

These fine gentlemen have voluntarily served our club for many years in various capacities, and their unwavering dedication has contributed greatly to the outstanding health of the CMGC, now and for many years to come.

Looking to the future, it is with great enthusiasm that I assume the duties as your president.  You can be confident that my efforts combined with the abundance of experience, talent and commitment that exists amongst all of our new board members will ensure the continued success of our organization.  Please join me in welcoming our new board members whose terms began on the 1st of January, 2018.  They are:

  •  John “JR” Rains, Vice President & Membership
  • Joe Preimesberger, Tournament Chairman
  • Jim Thompson, Secretary & Publicity
  • Brian Enright, Treasurer
  • Mike Stone, Handicap Chairman
  • Mark Andrews, Wednesday Play Director
  • Scott Anderson, Entertainment Chairman

This board will continue to be backed by many others who unselfishly volunteer their time and talents.  We very much appreciate their contributions and dedication, as well.

I look forward to the opportunity to serve, and will work tirelessly towards the continued success of the CMGC.


Ken Hafner

Rules Corner: USGA and the R&A Adopt New Video Review Rules

December 19th, 2017 posted by John Rains

The USGA and the R&A have unanimously agreed to adopt a new set of protocols for video review when applying the Rules of Golf. 

The group, consisting of the PGA TOUR, LPGA, PGA European Tour, Ladies European Tour and the PGA of America, as well as the governing bodies, will implement the following measures from January 1, 2018:  

    1. Assign one or more officials to monitor the video broadcast of a competition to help identify and resolve Rules issues as they arise.

     2. Discontinue any steps to facilitate or consider viewer call-ins as part of the Rules decision process. 

In addition, the USGA and R&A have approved the adoption of a Local Rule, available from January 1, 2018, to eliminate the additional two-stroke penalty for failing to include a penalty on the score card when the player was unaware of the penalty. All of the organizations represented on the working group will introduce the Local Rule for 2018, and the score card penalty will be permanently removed when the modernized Rules of Golf take effect on January 1. 2019. 

Bill Pultz, CMG Rules Chairman