Important Tournament Rules Announcement:
The tournament committee has recently seen two activities that violate the rules of golf and needs to stop immediately.
· Players must putt out. There are no “gimmie” putts. Even during COVID-19 restrictions you must hole out your putt. Not holing out will cause disqualification from the event.
· Scores must be confirmed in Golf Genius no more than 15 minutes after the completion of your round. If it takes longer than 15 minutes, or a discrepancy in scoring is noted, you need to contact the Tournament Coordinator (TC) to inform them of the change. Changing a score in Golf Genius after the 15-minute period without TC knowledge will subject you to disqualification or suspension.
We are aware that other groups may allow one or more of these practices but that’s not Torrey Pines Men’s Golf Club. The only fair way to play is for everyone to play by the established rules.
One additional Comment – Your finish time is now recorded at completion of round by GG. The Club’s current Pace of Play standard is “to finish no more than 15 minutes behind the group in front and take no more than 4 hours and 20 minutes to complete the round.”. Any group exceeding these standards will be contacted by the TC for an explanation.
Important News For Tournament Players
Your board works hard to put on tournaments and to ensure they are run fairly. In addition to being familiar with USGA rules of golf, it is important for you to understand rules and processes specific to our club.
As we transition from COVID to some normalcy, there will be some adjustments to our golf rules. When we play a course with rakes in the bunkers, play the ball as it lies. Until further notice, if your ball ends up in an unmaintained area of the bunker such as a footprint, pick up the ball, rake that part of the bunker, and place your ball where it was. You may not move a plugged ball unless it is in an unmaintained area.
Scorekeeping on Golf Genius (GG)
Golf Genius replaces scorecards as the official record of your score. When we used scorecards, once you signed it and left the golf course, you could not change it. Your score was final. The same is true with GG. After completing your round, all members of the foursome should immediately verify their scores on each hole and total scores are correct. The time you enter your final scores is your official finish time and is used to track pace of play. If you find errors in your Golf Genius scores after initially entering them, you may take time to correct the scores. This should take no more than 15 minutes. Once you have left the golf course, your score cannot be changed. If you failed to enter your score for one or more holes, you will be DQ’d. If you run into any technical problems with entering your scores, you must immediately contact the Tournament Coordinator or another Board Member and explain the problem.
It is important that each golfer read all emails from the Tournament Coordinators as they can contain important information about the tournament you are about to play in including items such as lift, clean and place (or lack thereof).
If you receive a tournament email, that means you signed up for the tournament. If you did not intend to sign up or if someone else signed you, up don’t ignore these emails. Cancel your entry.
Pace of Play
Golf Genius allows us to track the pace of play for each foursome. We will no longer be using time clocks. Once enough data is captured, the club will introduce a new pace of play policy. Sometimes you do not have control over how long it takes to complete your round if the course is playing slow. You can control the gap between you and the group ahead of you. Some things you can do to minimize the gap include continuous putting and proceeding to the next tee while your playing partners finishing putting. That metric will be the key data point used to identify pace of play violators. Always keep up with the group in front of you!
New Weekend Senior Club Champions
Please congratulate Dan Way and Ken Kubis as our new Weekend Senior Club Champions. Dan led both days of the Net division competition in a wire to wire finish never trailing. Ken came from 3rd place on day 1 to win the Gross division by 1 stroke. Dan Way also earned the distinction of winning the Super Senior crown as well for the Net division. Our club President, Roy Burchill, won the Super Senior Gross division.
The weekend Senior Club Championship is played over two weekends. This year it started with 73 players playing the North course, with a cut to 40 players playing the South on the second day. Both Dan and Ken have the opportunity to play against the weekend Senior champions later this year to see who goes to the annual SCGA tournament of club champions.
Share Your Contact Information with Other Members
Our new website has several features that make it a vast improvement over our former website. One of them is the opportunity for members to better communicate with other members via email or phone.
Each member has the choice of making his contact information visible to other club members. The default setting for each member is that your email address and phone # is NOT visible to other members. To make it visible, follow these instructions:
- Log on
- Go to “My Account”
- Click “Edit Info”. This is where you can indicate your cart preference and check the box that shares your email address and phone number with other members
To find contact info for other members, go to Club Info and Membership Roster to look up the member. Click on the member you are looking for and if he has decided to make his email/phone visible, you will be able to contact him directly.
How to Update your Website Contact Information
Members DO NOT have the capability to change their website email address or phone number that is displayed to other members when the share contact-info option is selected (via website My Account/Edit Info). To change your website email/phone you must contact our membership chairman (Ed Carter: firstname.lastname@example.org) and provide him with the desired updates.
Please note: members may now change their GHIN record email/phone/home address using the GHIN app or logging in at GHIN.com and selecting My Profile. All GHIN Profile updates are automatically uploaded to Golf Genius and used to contact members with tournament information. However, GHIN Profile updates ARE NOT automatically uploaded to our website. Therefore, it is recommended that any time you update your GHIN Profile that you request our membership chairman to make the same updates on our website. This will keep all of your contact information in sync (GHIN, Goff Genius, and website).
If you request a website email change, it is also important to note that your logon capability will be affected since your email address can be used for website logon (you may also use the Username that was automatically assigned to you). Additionally, inside the website logon dialog box, when you select Lost Password? a password reset email will be sent to your current website email address.
TPMGC COVID-19 Procedure
Update to our current COVID policy…even if you have had your 2 vaccine shots, you are still a potential carrier of COVID. Thus you can pass the virus to another person per the CDC guidelines. While you may not have to quarantine, we ask that you apply the same due diligence and advise the club immediately if you have been in contact with fellow members. All other procedures below remain the same including you must submit a negative test (even if you have been vaccinated) prior to participating in any TPMGC event.
Any TPMGC member who either has tested positive for COVID-19, or believes they have come in contact with someone who has COVID-19, must follow this procedure:
- If you test positive and have recently played in a club tournament, you must notify the club immediately; contact Larry Prosi email@example.com. You must identify and notify anyone you may have come in contact with. The Club will assist in this process
- If you test positive you must follow the most current SD County Health Dept. Health Orders: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/hhsa/programs/phs/Epidemiology/HealthOfficerOrderCOVID19.pdf
- If you believe you have come in contact with someone that has COVID-19, you must follow the SD County Health Orders and advise the club immediately if you recently played in a club tournament.
- Whether you either have had a positive test, or have come in contact with someone that has, you then are ineligible to play in any club event until you have submitted a negative test result to the club.
- If you are signed up for an event, you will be removed upon your notification to the club. To avoid being penalized under the club’s late cancellation or no-show club policy, you must present a negative test to be eligible to play
It is every member’s responsibility to report exposure and/or positive test results if they have been in proximity with other club members. Failure to comply may subject the member to potential disciplinary action under our Code of Conduct
Questions, let us know…Your TPMGC Board
2020 Club Champion
Eric Sams is our 2020 Club Champion. During the final match, Eric bested Brett Makley on the final hole to win 1-up. In the first flight Steve Chang beat Brandon Richards 5-4. In the 2nd flight Robert Eisen won over Scott White 2-1. In the 3rd flight Nathan Ginoza beat Craig Kean 3-2. All four winners received a plaque commemorating their victories. Eric will represent our club at the SCGA tournament of champions, while the other 3 participated in a playoff to play in the SCGA Net Tournament of Champions where Steve Chang prevailed.
Grand Torrey Cup
The 2nd annual match between our club and the Grand took place in July. The format was BB of Partners Match Play. Each team had 24 players. We played at Torrey South and three days later played at the Grand. Our team fought hard but lost again. The stars of our team were Dan Hendrey and Matthew Regan. Despite the loss, everyone enjoyed the competition and camaraderie and said the experience was fantastic despite the loss. Once the 2021 schedule is finalized, we will inform members of which tournaments can qualify you for the 2021 team.
Congratulations to Colin Bennett our overall Low Net winner scoring a 131. Colin will represent TPMGC at the annual SCGA Low Net Senior Tournament of Champions. Congratulations to Peter Salmon with a Low Gross of 147. Peter competed in a playoff with the Low Gross Champion from the Weekend Senior Tournament where Ken Kubis prevailed and won the spot in the SCGA Tournament of Champions.
In 2020, we had our inaugural Super Senior Championship for members age 65 and over. The Low Gross was won by our President Roy Burchill and our Low Net winner was Bob Ross. Each received an additional $65 and a plaque commemorating their achievements.
2021 Tournament Schedule
Because of the US Open, our access to Torrey Pines golf courses will be slightly reduced in 2021. Instead of our normal 24 weekday tournaments at Torrey Pines, we will only have 19. The weekend tournament schedule will lose two dates at Torrey Pines. Away tournaments will be added to fill these gaps.
City Resident Cards
You may only renew your card online. If you arrive at the golf course with an expired card, they will not renew it. You will have to pay the non-resident fee. Then once you renew your card, you will be able to request a refund for the difference between the resident and non-resident rate.
Redeeming Tournament Winnings
When you accumulate winnings in your member account, you can redeem them at several golf stores around San Diego County. You may also redeem them for $250 and $500 VISA Gift Cards. There is about a $15 dollar fee for these gift cards.
When requesting winnings from your member account, remember the minimum amount for a prize certificate is $50 (or your balance if it is less). Stores will normally give you a credit or gift card if you don’t spend your entire certificate, so request a certificate for a little more than what you plan to spend.