Fernandina Beach Men's Golf Association

Changes 8/13/19

Week 6 results and standings below.

A message from Jon Berk.


June 2019 Shoot-out Participants

Winner, Price Poole, receiving pay-out proceeds from Jon Berk, together with runner-up. Barry Innes.

Shoot-out Results

 After 12 weeks of play, the top 10 finishers (photo above) competed on a  9 hole shoot-out with the result of Price Poole besting Barry Innes on  the final hole (photo above). Price could easily have gone out on a  number of holes between 3 and 8 except for some amazing recovery shots. 



1st Price Poole $113.59  

2nd Barry Innes $96.55   

3rd Dan Rainwater $79.51 

 4th Robert Johnson $68.15   

5th Steve Johnson $56.79   

6th Ed Hoff $45.43   

7th Jim Raffone $31.23   

8th Bill Anderson $28.39   

9th John Rudd $25.55   

10th Philip Jones $22.71    

6/13 News

  • A lot has transpired between the MGA and the FBGC.
  • All MGA-donated tournament money and entry fee money will go to club credit, not cash. Credit can be used everywhere at the course except the drink cart - for greens fees, snack bar, clothing,balls, etc.
  • There will be a lock box installed soon near the computer for tournament entry forms and cash. Cash will be required with your entry. A stapler will be there along with entry forms. No longer will entry fees be paid over the counter in the pro shop.
  • There was some discussion of entry fees increasing the closer to tournament day to encourage early entry. Late entries only add pressure to the Tournament Director and Pro Shop personnel. Talk to Lee about your thoughts on this idea.
  • We are guaranteed shotgun starts (except for the club championship).
  • The FBCG membership application will also include an MGA application at the bottom and you can pay it to the FBGC at the same time - cash, check or credit card. You can still pay your MGA dues the conventional way - through the pouch or P.O. box, but not by credit card.
  • We are soliciting members to remember the MGA in your will or by adding a codicil if you already have a will. If you want to leave a note with your will that you wish a sum to go to the MGA or the Scholarship Trust, you may do so, but it is not required that your executor follow that direction - most do, though.
  • We will begin working with the FBCG and realtors to host informational lunches to encourage them to think of the FBGC & MGA in giving recommendations to new buyers.

*** Since our regularly meeting falls on the 4th of July, the meeting shall be held the following week, on July 11. ***

News from Lee about Sunday's tournament is below.


Our own Terry LaCoss served as the host for a fishing show and a 9-hole round at the Plantation's Marsh Course. The fishing show is "Unfathomed"

and appears on the Sportsman’s Channel, and in September will air on the World Fishing Network. You may also view shows by going to:


Saturday Mixer Results & Shoot-out Standings

8/10 results

                 Week 6   

 1st Dan Christianson Plus 7 $43.40 70

2nd Dan Rainwater Plus 5 $33.60 65

3rd Ama Corbett Plus 3 $25.20       60

T4th Jim Raffone Plus 2 $9.45 48

Bill Anderson Plus 2 $9.45 48

Carl Galpin Plus 2 $9.45 48

Price Poole Plus 2 $9.45 48

8th Richard Dixon Minus 1 35

9th Barry Innes Minus 2          30

   10th Hydie Peterson Minus 3 25

T11th Nate Powell Minus 6 15

   Allen Sage Minus 6        15

Ed Hoff Minus 6               15

14th Steve Johnson Minus 7 5




  1 Price Poole 289

2 Carl Galpin 269

3 Jim Raffone 268

4 Ed Hoff 264

5 Dan Rainwater 220

6 Richard Dixon 218

7 Ama Corbett 196

8 Barry Innes 178

9 Bill Anderson 164

10 John Lafear 161

11 Steve Johnson 143

12 Philip Jones 136

13 John Rudd 113

14 Allen Sage 108

15 Dan Christianson 105

16 Hydie Peterson 93

17 Nathan Powell 75

18 Jim Hurley 48

19 Charlie Kicklighter 23

20 Robert Johnson 18

21 Larry Brauda 5

Latest from Jon

Bald eagle on 5W, photo taken by Bill Anderson.



At the July quarterly membership meeting a proposal to lower Red Tee age to 60 was presented but did not pass. A committee was formed to see if there was anything else that should be done to adjust the qualifications for Tee Box assignments. The committee looked into a couple of different options but after discussion decided to keep the Tee Boxes as is.

Red Tees 72 years or older

Gold Tees 60 years to 71 years

White Tees 59 & younger

Elections for Board 2019-2020 Update

A number of people have shone interest in running for the board. Elections will be held at the Quarterly meeting on Thursday October 3rd. If you have interest in running for any of the positions President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Tournament Director or a member at large, please contact me Jon Berk either via email at jlberk1954@gmail.com or my cell 630-991-3588. A listing of those interested will be posted in September on the board outside the locker room and you can also write your name next to the desired  board position. Thank you.


2018-19 Board


Officers for FBMGA 2018-2019 positions.

President Jon Berk

Vice Pres Philip Jones

Treasurer Bruce Smyk

Secretary Troy Therriault

Tournament Director Lee Murray

Member at Large/Advertising Bill Anderson

Member at Large/Membership Mike Kozlowski 

2019 rule changes

Effective Jan. 1, 2019


Most notably, there are 10 fewer rules: 24 versus 34.  And, for the most part, they are more understandable and more accommodating to the realities of today’s game.

To summarize:

Regarding the “stroke and distance” penalty for hitting a ball out of bounds: the new rules will provide for a local rule “to allow golfers the option to drop the ball in the vicinity of where the ball is lost or out of bounds (including the nearest fairway area), under a two-stroke penalty.” The change is intended to support pace of play and is not for higher levels such as professionals and elite amateurs.

Accidentally moving your ball on the putting green won’t cost you a stroke

No additional penalty for hitting a ball in motion. The “double hit”.

No penalty if your ball in motion accidentally hits you or your equipment.

Embedded-ball relief anywhere except in a bunker.

No penalty for hitting an unattended flagstick if you are putting while on the green. This may or may not be to your advantage.

You can repair “spike marks, and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green.” There is no penalty for touching the line of putt. 

There also are more generous applications regarding relief from hazards and other penalty areas. Under the new rules, a player will be able to move loose impediments in a bunker and touch the sand with club or hand. It goes without saying, it is hoped, that this is not for players to improve their lie therein. 

In relief situations, you can drop from the knee, not shoulder, level. 

The time searching for a lost ball is down to three minutes from five.

The 600-page Decisions on the Rules of Golf doorstop is gone. It will be replaced by three volumes: Player’s Edition of the Rules of Golf, the Rules of Golf and the Official Guide to the Rules of Golf. There will be more than 30 “how to apply” videos and a summary of the principal changes available at www.usga.org/rules and www.RandA.org or try this: https://sports.yahoo.com/nine-changes-rules-golf-absolutely-192449723.html

REMINDER - Dues for 2019-20

A reminder that a new fiscal year starting 10/1/19 means dues will be collected whenever you want to start getting them in.   Non-paying members will be dropped from the computer around Nov.1. You must have your dues paid to play in October tournaments, including the Saturday Mixer and the 4-Ball.

$60 (still) for the 10/1 - 9/30 fiscal year. 

If you want to attend meetings, maintain your GHIN handicap, play in the Saturday Mixer or other tournaments, please pay your dues ASAP.

On May 20, dues drop to $30 for the balance of the fiscal year (Sept. 30).

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