President's Letter


January, 2019

Listed below are the January 2019 tournaments with table crew.

  • January 3 – Los Lagos – Table Crew Ed Saxon
  • January 10 – Eagle Ridge – Table Crew P. Dimicelli
  • January 17 – Laguna Seca – Table Crew A. Frees
  • January 23 – Coyote Creek – Table Crew Prad Pathak (NOTE the 23rd is a Wednesday)
  • January 31 – Aptos – Table Crew Edda Tusinac

The 2019 tournaments have been confirmed with Boulder Ridge being on Mondays 4–22 and 12–12. This tournament will be a shotgun same as before but we will be combined with the SIRS35 group. This course requires a minimum of 60 players so playing with this group will help in getting the required number of players. They will have their own foursomes and we will have ours

We have had to make some adjustments of the days such as the Villages on 2–20 and Coyote Creek on 1–23 will be on a Wednesday as will all of the Delaveaga and Pajaro tournaments.

There have been some USGA rule changes for 2019. Some of them are:

  • Starting in January, you will no longer have five minutes to search for your ball, if you can't find it in three minutes, it's a lost ball.
  • Taking a drop, beginning in January it will no longer be from shoulder level, it must be from knee level.
  • Want to putt with the pin still in the cup? The rules allow you to do so without penalty.
  • 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 included the existing one–stroke penalty).
  • 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 is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain“ that he or she did so.

Of course there are many more rule changes for 2019 so look online for those. The USGA website has most of them. Go to: USGA

And an Irish joke.

A pastor, a doctor and yer man Paddy were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers. Paddy fumed, "What's with these guys? We've been waiting for 15 minutes!" The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such ineptitude!" The pastor said, "Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let's have a word with him." "Hi George. Say, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?" The greens keeper replied, "Oh, yes, that's a group of blind firefighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime." The group was silent for a moment. The pastor said, "Tha'ts so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight." The doctor said, G"ood idea. And I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if theres' anything he can do for them." Paddy said, "Can't these guys play at night?"

Have a good Holliday and a good golfing year.
Rick King