President's Letter

 

June 6, 2022

Members,
 
   It’s been a few months since the last newsletter was released and so this edition has a number of different topics to cover.  Please be sure to read them all.
 
LOS LAGOS EVENT MOVED TO WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15TH
Due to a snafu in the scheduling of the upcoming event at Los Lagos, the date has been moved to WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15th with the first tee time being at 8:24am.  Everyone should have received the invitation to this event by now.  The field is limited to 32 players so you are encouraged to sign up early if you are interested in participating.   
 
MEMBERPLANET SYSTEM HAVING COMMUNICATION PROBLEMS
As some of you are already painfully aware, the MemberPlanet system is experiencing some difficulties is reliably transmitting communications to selected email domains.  The MemberPlanet technical support team indicates that they are actively working the problem but are currently unwilling/unable to provide an ETA for resolution.  In the meantime, we will continue doing what we can to forward any “dropped” emails along to those affected when we are able to identify that a communication has been dropped. 
 
ANY HOLE SCORE TO BE USED IN TOURNAMENT SCORING MUST BE “HOLED OUT”
  In order to assure fair and equitable competition, it is required that any and all individual hole scores that will be used for tournament scoring MUST BE HOLED OUT.  There are no “gimme” putts on individual hole scores that are relevant to scoring of the event being played.  
 
  In the case of individual scoring events (such as Individual Point Par and Individual Net Stroke Play) it is easy to understand why every hole must be completed, why there are no gimme putts, why every stroke must be counted and why failure to comply with these requirements will result in disqualification.
 
  However, when we play team events (such as Two Best Balls or 1 on 5’s, 2 on 4’s and 3 on 3’s) not every individual hole score of the team is used in the tournament scoring.  Therefore, when a player has already taken sufficient strokes that their individual hole score will not be relevant in determining the teams score for that hole, the player is actually encouraged to maintain the pace of play by picking up their ball and recording a “most likely score” as specified in Article 3.3 of the USGA Rules of Handicapping. In such cases, gimme putts are not only allowed but encouraged but care must be taken to assure that the resultant “most likely score” is sufficiently large that it is NOT used in determining the team’s score for that hole. 
 
  In order to assure fair and equitable competition, the consequence for having a “most likely score” included in the team scoring is that the entire team will be disqualified from the completion so it is incumbent upon all members of the team to assure compliance with these constraints when posting “most likely scores” on your team scorecard.
 
CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR DAVE BENGTSON
  A Celebration of Life will be held for Dave Bengtson on June 26th starting at 1:30pm at the Valley Vineyard Church (360 Kings Village Road, Scotts Valley).  A reception will follow. 
 
SHOW UP EARLY AND BE READY TO TEE OFF EARLY
  Each and every tee sheet released for an MBSGA event contains the following statement:
“Please check in at the MBSGA sign-in table at least 30 minutes prior to your assigned tee time on the day of the Tournament.  If you are assigned to one of the last few tee groups, please check in at the MBSGA table at least 45 minutes prior to your assigned tee time to allow the Table Crew sufficient time to complete their tasks and prepare for their round of golf.” 
 
  As stated in that standard text, a prime driver for requesting everyone to come to the sign in table at least 45 minutes prior to the last scheduled tee time is to allow the table crew some time to wrap everything up, go to the Pro Shop and pay for everyone’s round and then get ready for their own round of golf.  Another reason to have everyone ready to go early is because we are very often able to tee it up earlier than those times shown on the originally published tee sheet (e.g., the 9:50 foursome is actually the next group on the tee and it’s only 9:35).
 
   In order to keep things moving along smoothly in our morning sign in and tee offs, please continue to stay focused on arriving at the sign in table no later than 45 minutes prior to the last scheduled tee time and occasionally check with those on the 1st tee box to assess whether the published tee times are being maintained or whether you and your foursome will need to be prepared to get off earlier than scheduled.
 
  That’s all for now.  Stay well and stay safe.
 
  Regards,

Monty Ross


Monterey Bay Seniors Golf Association
P.O. Box 2250
Boulder Creek, CA 95006