Rancho Bernardo Inn Men’s Golf Club
Minutes of the Meeting of the RBIMGC Board of Directors
April 18, 2019, in the Veranda
In attendance were Tom Connolly, Gregg Gattuso, Ron Lacy, Joe Walkington, Tom Dubuque. Mike Durrant, Jerry Canning, Norm Blades, Tom Christopher and Doug Chenet. Tom Smith was absen
The meeting was called to order at 8:00 by President Tom Connolly.
Ron Lacy noted that the minutes of the March 13, 2019 meeting had been circulated and posted to the website and asked for a motion to approve the minutes. MSUA.
Jerry Canning distributed the Treasure’s report for the month. We had an operating cash balance of $12,638 as of April 18th and an available cash balance of $10,891. Jerry noted that this number is approximately $1,800 less than the cash balance on this date in 2018. This is caused by the change to the SCGA dues collection system. Because this is mainly a timing issue with dues collection, Jerry expects this issue to resolve itself as we go through the year. The Treasure’s report was unanimously approved.
Tom Smith was absent and Jerry Canning presented the Membership report for him. During the month we added 5 new members. We lost one member when Rich Ries did not renew his membership. We are now at 190 members. This is made up of 182 full-time, 2 Associate and 6 complimentary members. There are no new applications for membership currently in process. The new members are Carl Dyszkiewicz, sponsored by Steve Campbell; Bill Jacobs, sponsored by Larry Tate; Bruce Bechard, sponsored by Tom Connolly; Eric Johansen, sponsored by Bob Heath and Scott Miller sponsored by Neil Johnson. We have had 2 members renew their memberships since the last meeting.
Director of Golf:
Nolan Schmuckle attended the meeting. Nolan reported that one member thought his prize cards were short by $25 for last month. After reviewing the information, Jerry Canning confirmed that the cards the member received were for the correct amount. Nolan reported that some members have occasionally turned off the GPS on their carts so they can drive in restricted areas. The Pro Shop can tell when this happens and ask the BOD to emphasize to the membership that this should not be done.
Gregg Gattuso indicated that from now on, he will email the current tournament schedule to the BOD instead of bringing a paper copy to each BOD meeting. Gregg encouraged TD’s to review the tournament formats scheduled to be sure we are not duplicating formats. So far this year we have had 14 tournaments and played 1075 rounds of golf. Gregg reported that our average attendance is 76.8 members for all tournaments and 75.8 when special tournaments are excluded from the counting. These numbers are up from last month’s totals. This is down from prior years due to the wet winter resulting in many tournaments being cart-path-only events. The attendance should increase as the weather improves.
Gregg reviewed the process for dealing with members playing in tournaments who have no handicap. The review included how to ensure the score for the players are entered into the GHIN system correctly and how to ensure that Golf Genius will accurately calculate Participation Points.
A discussion was held regarding members who consistently do not register on time for tournaments and then want to play in the tournaments. This has become a larger problem when members wait until Sunday PM to contact the TD and ask to be included in a tournament. The issue of members not knowing or using their GHIN numbers when they sign-up is also causing some issues. The website sign-up page requires that information be entered into the section asking for the GHIN number. Apparently, some members don’t know their GHIN numbers and the system will not permit them to register without entering something in that data field. Tom Connolly has committed to discussing this issue with one member who is habitual in his late registrations. Tom also reaffirmed that TD’s can use their judgment about allowing late registrants to play or not.
After a discussion about the fairness of playing a 4 Net Best Ball tournament, a motion was made to eliminate that tournament format from the TD handbook. The motion was unanimously approved.
Ron Lacy reported the Seniors and Mavericks have been giving him the scorecards from their events and the number of golfers not posting scores have been reduced. The cooperation of Chuck Hurley and Ernie Garcia in this matter is appreciated.
Ron presented summary information about the planned changes to the USGA/SCGA handicap system scheduled to go into effect next January. The new/revised system will be known as the World Handicap System. Among other objectives, it is designed to make golf handicaps around the world more uniform in the calculation. Other items of interest are that scores used for handicaps will go from 10 of the last 20 to 8 of the last 20. The maximum score on any hole by any player will be a net double bogey and handicaps will be updated daily. They will be some mechanism in the new system to modify handicaps for rounds shot during unusual weather conditions. The maximum handicap limit will rise to 54.0. Ron will report when these changes are finalized and training in the new system is available.
Tom Christopher reported that several members apparently don’t know their GHIN numbers and this has caused some difficulty in registering for tournaments. The registration page requires an entry in the box for the GHIN number in order to finalize the registration for a member. Some members have put in their index, some their phone number, some have entered random numbers. Some have not entered anything and this causes them to not be registered. Tom Christopher will send another email to the membership explaining the use of the GHIN number when registering to play. Tom will remind members that they get their GHIN number every two weeks when they receive their handicap index updates.
Joe Walkington reported that no major rules issues have occurred since the last meeting. Joe reviewed the SCGA recommendation that all 2-Net Best Ball tournaments use 90% of each players handicap. This is designed to recognize the benefit of team play in these types of competitions. After discussion, it was decided to allow the TD to decide if they wish to use the adjusted handicaps in their tournament.
Special Projects/SCGA Chairman:
Tom Dubuque reported that the Spring Mixer with the Women’s Golf Club was a success and seemed to be enjoyed by all the players. A total off 33 men and 31 women played on Wednesday, April 17th. Nolan Schmuckle play to replace a player who was a last- minute cancellation. Tom recommended that based on the good turn out and the success of the mixer that it should be continued in the future. The only issue was that it was played on Wednesday when the RoadRunners were also playing. It was suggested that future dates be on a Tuesday or Thursday.
Tom Connolly presented several items for discussion:
- When pairings are posted on Wednesday and Thursday evening, it was suggested that we also include the tournament format in this posting. After discussion, a motion was made to do this. MSUA
- Another discussion was to email the pairings for Monday to the confirmed golfers on Sunday evening and eliminate posting the pairing on the website. After discussion, this idea was rejected.
- We discussed sending the tee sheet to the Pro Shop in the alpha order of the member’s names. After discussion, it was rejected because the Pro Shop staff has the ability to sort the list in alpha order if they desire.
Gregg Gattuso, TD for this year’s Member/Guest tournament reported on preparations for the tournament scheduled for June 3rd. Gregg reported that after discussion with the RBI Staff, the price per person for golf will be $40; lunch will be $33.40, and prizes will be $14.60. The total entry fee per player is $88 and $176 per team. As in past years, Resort Club members may charge the cost for golf and lunch ($73.40) to their accounts. The lunch will again be a sit-down and served by the RBI staff and a no-host bar will be available during lunch. Approval for this schedule of costs was MSUA.
Mike Durrant reported on research he had done to organize a fall golf trip sponsored by the RBIMGC for interested members. Mike has gathered information from several courses and hotels in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area. He reviewed some of the estimated costs and locations with the Board. Possible dates for this event were discussed. Mike was asked to determine the level of interest by the membership for this trip and review at the next BOD meeting.
The Board reviewed several areas of concern regarding recent tournaments:
- Pace-of-Play and slow play
- Member’s canceling at the last minute prior to a tournament
- Member’s starting a round but not finishing.
All of these issues are seen as being detrimental to members being able to fully enjoy our Monday tournaments. One suggestion was to track and report on members who cancel very late and who don’t finish. These items will be put on the agenda for the next Board meeting.
A brief discussion was held regarding the continued use of the Forward Tees for members. Tom Connolly ask each BOD member to email their thoughts to him and cc all other members of the BOD.
Tom reported that the next BOD meeting will be on May 16th
The meeting was adjourned at 9:55 AM