Changes 12/1 & 2

  • The WHS is coming! The WHS is coming!  Lock up the kids.
  • Xmas tourney reminder -  next Saturday (Dec 7) is the signup deadline for the Dec 14 Christmas tournament.  This is a very fun event and our only opportunity to golf with some of the ladies.  It is a 4 person ABCD step aside scramble.  Shotgun start at 12:30, steak dinner to follow around 6.  
  • JANUARY MEETING date is changed to WEDNESDAY, January 8 @ 5:00 p.m.
  • 11/30 Mixer results are posted below.

World Handicap System

Coming in January

I don't know who came up with this brilliant idea, but it is being inflicted on all golfers in January.  The World Handicap System is to take into account many factors in a round such as:

  • weather conditions.
  • have all golfers posted their scores immediately after play.
  • are your tournament scores better than your regular rounds.
  • what is an acceptable score.
  • what is the maximum score on a hole.
  • does the handicap committee have to work full time, 7 days a week to make sure scores are posted, not out of whack, under properly adjusted weather conditions?
  • does the handicap committee have to review each scorecard to make sure the maximum score per hole was not exceeded?
  • does the handicap committee have to have someone in the parking lot and someone by the computer to make sure every round is entered, even if the player is playing Sunday at 7 pm?
  • see more questions on the far right side.

Long Story Longer

Go to: 

to see the delights in store for the player and the handicap committee. Also, I presume, all courses will have to use the same software.


Early questions

  1. Does the scorecard get chained to a player's wrist to be released only after the card is reviewed by the handicap committee and the true, adjusted score is entered in the computer?
  2. Do we need pencils with erasers?
  3. What if it rains in the morning, but not in the afternoon or vice versa? A bad score in good conditions gets treated as if the conditions were worse?
  4. What if the weather conditions vary within a round and in different parts of the course where one player plays in the sunshine while another gets rain at the same time?
  5. Why didn't they do something about pace of play rules?
  6. How does the group scorekeeper  keep track of "net double bogeys" for all in his group?
  7. How does the committee ensure all rounds are posted?
  8. Does the committee need a doctor on board to determine if a player's index gets changed due to a disability and if the disability is permanent or temporary? How does HIPPA enter into this if a player does not want to disclose medical information? How about a CPA to track all of this?
  9. Why do you get hosed by posting an "exceptional round" (7 strokes better than normal =  -1 index point: 10 strokes better = -2 points)? 
  10. If you post a really great score, do you have it on your permanent record and take it to the grave? Do you get put on double-secret probation?
  11. Do you have to putt out even if a jet mistakes your back for the landing strip?
  12. Will Murph need a case of Advil?

11/23 Pinehurst-Chapman Tourney

FBMGA Members:


It was a beautiful day for golf at FBGC yesterday as 32 FBMGA members teed it up. Despite a few calls of "impeach the Tournament Director" by some left wing cry baby players who didn't want to have to "PLAY THE BALL DOWN", everything was good for the 9:00 AM Shotgun.


This was the first time we have tried the Pinehurst-Chapman format and I think everyone enjoyed it. It is nowhere as pressure-packed as Alternate Golf, but it does have plenty of pressure of "don't let your partner down".


We divided into three flights and the OVERALL CHAMPION team could be from any flight, but the other FBGC credits would be divided by the winning teams in each flight. Here are the results:



Dan Christiansen/Richard Dixon                         86/68    $100 FBGC credits each



1st    Ronnie Boatright/Jerry Dean                      81/71    $80 FBGC credits each

2nd   Joe Parrish.Mike Parker                             77/73    $60 FBGC credits each

3rd    Roger Oliver/Ron Ferrell                            84/73    $20 FBGC credits each

4th    Nathan Powell/Jim Raffone                        83/76

5th    Ronnie Cudd/Steve Johnson                      80/77



1st    John LaFear/Kent Johnson                         85/71    $80 FBGC credits each

2nd   Bill Sonntag/Barry Innes                              84/73    $60 FBGC credits each

3rd    Chuck Himmelheber/Ed Burakowski           87/13    $20 FBGC credits each

T-4    T-Ray Mullis/Harry Kegler

T-4    Charlie Kicklighter/Jim Edwards



1st    Dan Rainwater/Ed Hoff                                93/69    $80 FBGC credits each

T-2    Benny Fallon/Ama Corbett                          89/71    $40 FBGC credits each

T-2    John Bray/Larry McCorkle                           92/71    $40 FBGC credits each

T-4    Lee Murray/Bill Anderson                            92-73

T-4    Jim Hurley/Geoff Mather                             92/73   


Congratulations also to Team Ronnie Boatright/JerryDean who won $60 each for Closest to the Pin on 8North. I am not sure if it was Jerry or Ronnie who got it closest, but I do know they didn't make birdie on that hole.


INTERESTING NOTE: If we did not do flights, here is the list of winners and how the FBGC credits would have been:


1st    Christiansen/Dixon                                    $120 FBGC credits each

2nd    Rainwater/Hoff                                          $100      "       "         "

T-3    Fallon/Corbett                                            $65

T-3    Bray/McCorkle                                           $65

T-3    Boatright/Dean                                           $65

T-3    LaFear/Johnson                                         $65

T-7    Sonntag/Innes                                            $25

T-7    Murray/Anderson                                        $25

T-7    Hurley/Mather                                             $25

T-7    Parrish/Parker                                             $25


The next FBMGA Tournament is on Saturday, December 14 - 12:30 PM SHOTGUN FBMGA/FBWGA Four Person Step Aside CHRISTMAS TOURNAMENT DINNER.


After that the next FBMGA Tournament will be a THREE MAN SCRAMBLE on Saturday, January 11 - 9:00 AM Shotgun. Details to follow.


Any questions, comments etc., please contact me.


See you around the FBGC

Lee W. Murray

FBMGA Tournament Director                          

New from Lee

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



Xmas Tourney:

The following message from Carl Galpin and the attachment tell you everything you need to know about the upcoming Saturday, December 14 FBMGA/FBWGA Christmas Tournament/Dinner. Many thanks to Price and Mary and Carl and Vickie for overseeing this event. Please remember sign up is at the pro shop counter, not the FBMGA Lock Box.


This Tournament is always one of the best of our Tournaments and great fun.

" The tournament is a 12:30 shotgun, 4 person ABCD step aside scramble on Saturday, December 14.  Dinner after around 6pm.  It is our only tournament where we get to play with some of our wonderful lady golfers!

The flyer covers most everything, but a few points to highlight.

Must be a FBMGA or FBWGA member to play.  

The FBMGA will pay for their members' dinners.  

All players must have a verifiable handicap.

Must pay at signup, which is handled by any Pro Shop attendant - NOT LOCK BOX!

The pouch and signup sheet are behind the counter and ready to go.

Any questions, please let me know.


Carl G."


Saturday Mixer Results & Shoot-out Standings

11/30 results

11/30/19 Week 6


1st Kent Johnson Plus 9 $50.00 50

2nd Jim Raffone Plus 4 $30.00 45

T3rd Bill Anderson Plus 1 $6.66 35

Ama Corbett Plus 1 $6.66 35

Barry Innes Plus 1 $6.66 35

6th Richard Dixon Minus 1 25

T7th John Rudd Minus 2 15

Steve Johnson Minus 2 15

Ronnie Cudd Minus 2 15

10th Hydie Peterson Minus 6 5



1 John Rudd 285

2 Hydie Peterson 274

3 Barry Innes 254

4 Jim Raffone 249

5 Ama Corbett 240

6 Steve Johnson 213

7 Bill Anderson 186

8 Dan Christianson 183

9 Ed Hoff 174

10 John Lafear 174

11 Kent Johnson 161

12 Carl Galpin 148

13 Larry Brauda 146

14 Richard Dixon 144

15 Dan Rainwater 131

16 Ronnie Cudd 126

17 Joe Parrish 80

18 Allen Sage 80

19 Michael Parker 60

20 Price Poole 58

21 Bill Sontag 56

22 Harry Kegler 43

23 Bennie Fallon 35

24 Chuck Stein 33

25 Dale Spencer 23

26 Fenton Markovich 20

27 Alan Efefterion 15

28 Tony Lopez 15

REMINDER - Dues for 2019-20

A reminder that a new fiscal year starting 10/1/19 means dues are being collected now.   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).

An application is downloadable at the button below.


October 2019 Shoot-out Participants


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 Richard Dixon besting Barry Innes on  the final hole (photo above). 



1st Richard Dixon  

2nd Barry Innes    

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.

2019-2020 Board


Officers for FBMGA 2019-2020:

President- Price Poole

Vice Pres -Carl Galpin

Treasurer -Bruce Smyk

Secretary -Phil Jones

Tournament Director -Lee Murray

Member at Large- John Rudd

Member at Large -Ama Corbett 

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 and or try this:

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