Presidents Message
Last Updated: 03/30/17

From the President:

Hello LAFD Golfers,

Spring is upon us and the golfing conditions are improving daily.  That being
said, we have moved into daylight savings time and our rule for play has changed
slightly in that we are now playing the ball as it lies.  No cleaning or moving it 6" 
to get that perfect lie.  Play it down.

The Maltese Cup was played on March 29th at Los Serranos golf club against 
our golfing adversaries, the boys from L.A. County golf club.  In a duel for
bragging rights at the 19th hole and for 2017, the LAFD golfers took back
the Cup by soundly beating the County lads 59 to 31.  Some great under par 
rounds were turned in by Javier Campos-net 65, Randy Laur-net 68, 
Todd Tsujimura-net 70, Allan Black-net 70 and at net 71 Gary Klasse,
Mike Monroy, Dan Costa, Robert Clements, Barry Hedberg. 
Congratulations to all of the players representing our club and on your 
outstanding play.
A special "Thanks" to Noel Murchet for taking the helm and running 
the tourney.


I recently had a member who had problems signing up for a tournament so I
put this HOW TO together for anyone else who is haviing issues with signing
up:
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR TOURNAMENTS
 
1. Click on Tournaments at the top of the Home page to get he drop down menu.
This will show you all of the upcoming tournaments.
2. Find the tournament you want to play.  I'll use the Oak Creek tournament.
 
April 19 (Wed) 8:00 AM - Oak Creek Golf Course
Bimonthly Tournament
Sign-up Online

Click on Sign-up Online.
4. This will bring up the Tournament Sign Up Form.
Click on Select Club Player and scroll down to your name and Click on it. 
When you have all of the players selected for your group entered,  
Click on Submit Tournament Request Form.
5. The next page is to verify the information you entered is correct and make
a comment if needed. If all is correct,
Click on Submit Tournament Request, Step 3.
You will receive an email that you have signed up to verify your entry into the 
tournament.

The USGA and the Royal and Ancients are proposing some new rule 
changes.  
1. Elimination or reduction of "ball moved" penalties.
2. Relaxed putting green rules.
3. Relaxed rules for "penalty areas" (currently called water hazards).
4. Relaxed bunker rules.
5. Relying on player integrity.
6. Pace of play support.
7. Simplified way of taking relief.

Check them out at www.randa.org or www.usga.org.


 SENIOR'S TOURNAMENT @ California Country Club

Sign ups are currently under way for the 2017 Seniors Tournament.
We will be playing California Country Club this year.  I've heard some
feed back about the course being too long but rest assured it will be playing
the same distance as Montebello.  The Super Senior's will be playing about
5800 yards.  Less than last year.  The rest of the field will play around
6100 yards.  We have a few more sponsors this year which means more
raffle prizes.  I'm hoping our field will be bigger this year.  The course is
in great shape and should make for a fun day.  Come out and catch up
with all of the "OLD TIMERS" you haven't seen in a while.  Any LAFD
retiree or member over 50 may play in this tournament whether they are
a member of our club or not.  It is open to guests.  Guests will not be eligible
for prize money. 

FYI: The reason for the change in course was the catering for the event.
They had raised there prices beyond what I considered reasonable.  We
would of had to raise the tournament prices even more.  I hope you will
give the new venue a chance and then give me some feed back after the
tournament and let me know what you think about the change.


April 10 at Las Posas CC  Team Scramble  Contact Ladd Stilson

April 19 at Oak Creek 8 am shotgun  Contact Gordon Wilson

April 24 at California CC  Senior's Club Championship  8 am shotgun
Send in application with a check to LAFD Golf Club.  Down load the 
application off of the Home page.  Contact Dale Gant


LAFD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP@ Westin Mission Hills Resort

May 2, 3 & 4
This year we are excited to be playing at the Westin Mission Hills Resort.
They have 2 great courses.  One designed by Pete Dye and the other by
Gary Player.  Day 1 and 3 will be played on the Dye course and day 2 on
the Player.  There is a shuttle to the Player course.  The price varies 
according to your preferences.  Download the application off of the Home
page.  Contact is Gary Mannan. 


May 15 at Wood Ranch CC  Team Scramble  Contact Eric Dillon



As always, I would like to invite any LAFD member, active or retired, to join our
club.  We are a social club that enjoys traipsing around well manicured green
pastures and tossing back a few cold ones now and then.  We have players of all
abilities.  Our handicaps range from 35 to 0.  You will be competing with players
of your ability.  We have local tournaments from as far north as Ventura and as far
south as El Cajon in the SanDiego area and east to Palm Springs. We have two
Majors tournaments.  The Club Championship in Palm Springs and the Partners
Championship in El Cajon.  We are affiliated with the Southern California Firefighters
Golf Association and play in Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs and Pebble Beach.
 So please come and join in the fun and comaraderie with fellow LAFD golfers.
 

FUNNIES
  
POWER GOES OUT!

Old golfer speaks out:

We had a power outage at our house this morning and my PC, laptop, TV, DVD, iPad & new surround sound music system were all shut down. Then I discovered that my mobile phone battery was dead and to top it off it was raining outside, so I couldn't play golf.

I went to the kitchen to make coffee and then I remembered that this also needs power, so I sat and talked to my wife for a couple of hours.

She seems like a nice person.


 
Life is uncertain. -- Eat dessert first !



RULES

OUT OF BOUNDS

Your ball is sitting on a white line defining an out of bounds boundary.
You notice that the edge of your ball is hanging over the playing side
of the line(within bounds).  Is your ball in bounds or out?

According to the USGA's definition of Out of Bounds, " A ball is out of bounds when all of it lies out of bounds.  A player may stand out of bounds to play a ball lying within bounds. 

Stakes identifying out of bounds are not obstructions and are deemed to be fixed.  You don't get to move it.

It pays to know the Rules!


Play well my friends and I'll see you at the 19th hole,

Dale
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