Relief – Concrete Lining Water Hazard

A CMGC member recently described a situation that occurred at the ninth hole a couple of tournaments ago. The player’s tee shot came to rest just outside of the water hazard to the left of the ninth green. The ball was NOT IN THE HAZARD but the concrete liner of the hazard interfered with his stance to play the next shot. The question was whether the player was able to take free relief from the concrete liner which clearly meets the definition of a hazard under Rule 24. The answer is yes, the player does get relief under such circumstance based on Rule 24-2. B as follows:

B. Relief

Except when the ball is in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard, a player may take relief from interference by an immovable obstruction as follows: (i) Through the Green: If the ball lies through the green, the player must lift the ball and drop it, without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. The nearest point of relief must not be in a hazard or on a putting green. When the ball is dropped within one club-length of the nearest point of relief, the ball must first strike a part of the course at a spot that avoids interference by the immovable obstruction and is not in a hazard and not on a putting green.

The first sentence of the rule provides “Except when the ball is in the water hazard or lateral hazard” the player gets relief. So in the above-described situation because the player’s ball was not in the hazard the player does get relief without penalty in accordance with the rule. If the player’s ball would have been in the water hazard and the immovable obstruction interfered with his stance or swing, he would not have been entitled to relief.

Bill Pultz-Rules Chairman

Annual Dues Renewal Notice

CMGC Member Annual Dues Renewal Starts Sept. 1, 2018 

CMGC Members, the Membership renewal process for the 2019 Annual Member Dues will begin on September 1, 2018.

You will be able to pay your Annual Member Dues on-line through the CMGC web site. For those few members who don’t have internet access, you may also pay by check to mailed to CMGC P.O. Box 180055 Coronado, CA 92178-0055.

As a reminder, 2019 Annual Member Dues are $160.00 if paid between September 1, 2018 and not later than September 30, 2018.

Beginning October 1, 2018 and ending October 31, 2018 you will still be able to pay your dues, however there is a $25.00 fee for paying late. If you pay in October your Annual Member Dues will be $185.00.

Failure to pay your Annual Member Dues by October 31, 2018 will result in you being dropped from the CMGC Membership effective December 31, 2018. To regain a CMGC Membership you would need complete the New Member Application process and be added to the current CMGC Waiting List.

Please don’t let this happen!

Important Renewal Dates & Cost of Annual Dues:

  • Sept 1, 2018 CMGC Annual Dues PayPal website active
  • 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2018 Annual Membership Dues 2019 = $160.00
  • 1, 2018 to Oct. 31, 2018 Annual Membership Dues 2019 = $185.00
  • After Oct. 31, 2018 Dropped from CMGC Membership Effective Dec. 31, 2018

CMGC Life Members’ Dues

Any regular Member, who has been Member in good standing of CMGC for at least five (5) years, upon attaining ago of 80 shall be eligible for Life Membership. Life Members shall only pay the annual SCGA fee of $36.00

Mark Andrews Wins John Ruedi Memorial With Net 62

Congratulations to Board of Governor Mark Andrews for winning the John Ruedi Memorial over the weekend with a net eclectic score of 62.

First Flight:  Mark Judd and David Bryant tied with a net 63 with CMGC President Ken Hafner in 3rd place.

Second Flight:  Paul Gargan won with a net 64 with Ed Bastarache and Arties DeBaca tying for 2nd place.

Third Flight:  Ken Macleod won with a net 64, past CMGC President Creig Greaves in 2nd place with Jan Gosewich and Kirk Ferris tying for 3rd place.

Fourth Flight:  Mark Andrews won, with Rainer Busch and David Kephart tying for 2nd place.

Thanks to all for keeping the pace of play below 4 hours 40 minutes.  Remember, please keep up with the group in front, not with the group behind.

Thanks to all of the CMGC members who participated over the weekend.

July Member/Guest/Member

Congratulations to the team of Paul Schueren and Michael Carleton for winning the one-day Member/Guest/Member tournament with a net 59. 

First Flight:  Jim Powell and Mike Maloney won with a net 61, with the teams of Greg and Brian Enright, Matt Gallagher and Casey Mendoza, Chris McCann and Joe Mears, Steve Kaplan and Jim Lackritz, Ian Langdon and Mike Mendez, and Franc Happ and Dave Rodas tying for 2nd place.

Second Flight:  Schueren and Carleton won, with Jim and Stanley Bacinett in 2nd place and George Johnson and Jerry Fernandez in 3rd place.

Any guest winnings (pool and/or chits) will be included with the member’s accounts.  We had a serious problem with the pace of play, members have to keep up with the group in front, not with the group behind.  Members will be penalized and or excluded from future tournaments.

Thanks to the sold out field of 194 CMGC members who participated on Saturday in hot weather.


Playing Moving Ball – Phil Mickelson and the U.S. Open

Most everyone saw or heard about what Phil Mickelson did at the U.S. Open this year. Here is the Rule that the U. S. Open Committee decided Phil violated which resulted in his receiving a 2 stroke penalty.

14-5. Playing Moving Ball

A player must not make a stroke at his ball while it is moving.


  • Ball falling off tee – Rule 11-3
  • Striking the ball more than once – Rule 14-4
  • Ball moving in water – Rule 14-6

When the ball begins to move only after the player has begun the stroke or the backward movement of his club for the stroke, he incurs no penalty under this Rule for playing a moving ball, but he is not exempt from any penalty under Rule 18-2 (Ball at rest moved by player).

(Ball purposely deflected or stopped by player, partner or caddie – see Rule 1-2)

Here is the Definition of a Stroke:
A “stroke” is the forward movement of the club made with the intention of striking at and moving the ball, but if a player checks his downswing voluntarily before the clubhead reaches the ball he has not made a stroke.
For those of us that saw what Phil did, he clearly made a stroke at the ball as it rolled by the hole.
Bill Pultz-Rules Chairman

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