SCGA Four-Ball

The SCGA Four-Ball was played May 19th and 20th with a field of 144 CMGC Members.  Congratulations to the team of Ron Graham and Tony Tessicini winning the qualifying flight with a two-day net score of 125.  Ron and Tony will represent CMGC at one of the SCGA qualifying sites. 

First Flight:  Ron and Tony won, with the team of Jeff Olson and Ron Scurr in 2nd place, teams of Tim Rosa and Joe Mears, James Nelson and Jan Gosewich tying for 3rd place.

Second Flight:  Dan Trowbridge and Raymond Cota won with a net 119 with a net 57 on Sunday, Gene Kemp and Kent Raffel came in 2nd place with Tony Blatnik and Bill Arwine in 3rd place.

Congratulations to Jon Presson who aced #5 on Sunday with a 6 iron, that’s an extra $100 in Pro Shop chits.

Also, the course marshalls and Tournament Chairman witnessed several members driving their carts on tees boxes and behind greens.  Please respect the hard work of course employees and keep carts at least 2o feet away from greens and on paths at the tee boxes.

Thanks to all those that participated over the weekend.

Paul Albitz Captures The Senior Club Championship

Congratulations to Paul Albitz, the 2018 Coronado Men’s Senior Club Champion!  Paul won the championship with a gross 142 including a 69 on Sunday.  Greg Enright and John Hoffman tied for second place with a gross 148.  Congratulations again to Paul, the Club’s newest champion.

 First Flight:  (< 55) Robert Bixby won with a net 142, with Dante Togliatti in 2nd place and Scott Hasser in 3rd place.

Second Flight:  (55 – 59) David Kachigian won with a net 135, with Keith Hughes in 2nd place and Ben Anacker and Brian Longmore tying for 3rd place.

Third Flight:  (60 – 69) Mark Daly won with a net 130, with William Norris in 2nd place and Jeff Olson and Jon Presson tying for 3rd place.

Fourth Flight:  (70 >) John Gilliland won with a net 138, with Ray Moore and Judge David Szumowski tying for 2nd place.

Congratulations to Gene Kemp who shot a gross 84 on Sunday, 1 under his age and being the Club’s Super Senior Champion (> 80) with a net 140.

Thanks to all for keeping up with the pace of play on both days and keeping carts away from greens and tee boxes.  Thanks to all those 143 CMGC members who participated over the weekend with spectacular weather.

Courtesy Reminder To Use Gift Certificates/Cards Issued by Bayside Grill

In past years, the Bayside Grill donated gift cards to the CMGC that were then awarded to closest to the pin winners during tournaments.  The last official day for the Bayside Grill under its current ownership will be August 31, 2018.  Please remember to utilize any unused gift certificates/cards issued by the Bayside Grill before then.

Mark Shults Wins Max Leslie Eclectic

The annual Max Leslie Eclectic was played April 14th and 15th with a field of 155 CMGC Members playing in great weather although on aerated greens.  Mark Shults won a card off over Gerry Susko and Artie DeBaca with a net 62.  Congratulations to Mark who will receive a trophy at the end of the year.

First Flight: Mike Maloney came in 1st place with an net 64, with Greg Siebenthal, Jeb Bakke and Chris Murray tying for 2nd place.

Second Flight: Mark Shults tied with Artie DeBaca for 1st place with Greg Post and Dennis Morgigno tying for 3rd place.

Third Flight: Dave Longmore came in 1st place with a net 65, with Frank Fleming and Keith Jackson tying for 2nd place.

Fourth Flight: Gerry Susko came in 1st place, with Neal Martini in 2nd place and Bill Thiele and Tommy Nelson tying for 3rd place.

Thanks to all those that participated over the weekend.

Cancellation of May Semi-Annual General Membership Meeting

Coronado Men’s Golf Club Members:

As many of you are aware, the Coronado Men’s Golf Club (“Club”) is facing increasing uncertainty with respect to the current operator of the golf course’s restaurant and the transition to a new operator of that concession later this year.  Since the beginning of the year, the Club has been in negotiation with the current operator to control the cost of providing food to Club members on tournament days and to keep those costs within the Club’s budget.  Despite the Club’s best efforts, those costs have increased which has forced the club to change some of its policies, e.g., the lunch voucher no longer includes a tip for the restaurant staff, but, the Club has successfully kept these costs within its budget.  That is not true for the Semi-Annual General Membership Meeting (“GMM”) scheduled for May 8, 2018.

At the beginning of 2018, the Club budgeted for providing food and drink at the GMM, as has been the tradition, based on the cost the Club has incurred in prior years.  The current operator of the restaurant, however, recently submitted a proposal to the Club to host the GMM that increases that cost by more than 200% and refuses to negotiate.  As a result, the Board of Governors has unanimously voted to cancel the GMM currently scheduled to occur in May because the cost to host the event is well outside the amount budgeted and the sudden, unexpected notice of the increase makes it impractical to find an alternative location.  Instead, the Board of Governors has voted to use half of the funds budgeted for the GMM to increase the chits available to members during tournaments in the summer and hold half of the budgeted funds in reserve to be applied to the GMM scheduled for November 13, at a site to be determined.

The Board of Governors understands that the cancellation of the May GMM may impact those members hoping to play in the Past Presidents Memorial Tournament on December 8th and 9th which has traditionally been free to members who have attended one GMM during the calendar year.  The Board of Governors is working on an equitable solution to this issue and will keep the membership apprised of its decision.

Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Ken Hafner

President, Coronado Men’s Golf Club

Change in Tournament Meal Voucher Pricing – Tipping Restaurant Staff

One of the major issues facing the Club in 2018 is the uncertainty surrounding the transition to a new restaurant operator in the Clubhouse.  Traditionally, the restaurant operator has worked with the Club to keep the cost of breakfast and lunch as low as possible, however, the cost to the Club for providing meal vouchers during tournaments has remained unchanged for years.  At the beginning of the year, the restaurant approached the Club to renegotiate the cost to provide breakfast, and lunch vouchers to the Club’s members during tournaments.

In prior years, the lunch voucher covered a tip for the restaurant staff.  As a result of the negotiations with the restaurant, and increased the cost to the Club for providing lunch during tournaments, that is no longer true and Club members are reminded to tip the restaurant staff on the value of the meal and drinks ordered.

The Board of Governors will continue to monitor the restaurant transition with an eye on continuing to provide members with a meal option during tournaments while at the same time protecting the financial security of the Club.

Board of Governors

Albitz and Togliatti Win March 2-Man Scramble

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

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 usga.org/rules. 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

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!

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.