The Northern Beaches Goodwill Golf Pairs Championship (back to top)
Sunday 20 November 2016
Location:Long Reef GC
Tournament Organiser: Tim Becker
The 2016 event
Another beautiful Northern Beaches day greeted 8 SMERGS at Long Reef on Sunday 20 November. After a long wait we hit off around 8:45 to arrive back at the clubhouse around 1:30pm to be joined by our partners for a great lunch and prize giving and to witness a wedding just six feet away (was she really marrying that "old" man?). For the joy of those absent (esp Nick, see photo below at Australian Open) there was a huge loss of handicap strokes by participants. Becker/Miller were in an unbreakable tie with Lowndes/Skulander for the pairs championship to lose two shots each and win just four balls each. Chadders won the individual Super Six Holer (based on just the last six holes) with 13 points to lose one shot and win four balls.
All played on unadjusted SMERGS handicaps. The TD decreed that the jacket would be worn/stored by one team for six months and the trophy with the other team, then swap for the next six months. Huge responsibility!
Terrific day thanks Tim.
The Events (and winners)
Event 1: PAIRS Championship: TOTAL STABLEFORD POINTS
Holes 1- 6 – Stableford better ball
Holes 7-12 – Stableford aggregate
Holes 13-18 – Stableford multiplier
(Prizes: the coveted duo jacket + loss of 2 shots each)
Gary 25 /Rob 26
16+23+18 = 57
|Peter T 20/Alan 25 || |
|Rick C 27/ Steve U 32 || |
|Ken 19/ Tim 24 ||
16+23+18 = 57
Event 2: INDIVIDUAL: TOTAL STABLEFORD POINTS OVER last 6 holes
Super Six Holer (individual Stableford total on holes 13-18)
Winner: Rick C 13
Event 3: Nearest the pin on hole 13 (Prize: 2 balls) – Rob (huge distance from hole!)
Event 4: Longest drive on hole 14 (Prize: 2 balls – Alan (huge drive)
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Obelisk (three club event) (back to top)
13 November 2016
2016 titleholders: Alan Waddington, Ken Miller
Event: Ten turned up on a beautiful morning (and the flies loved it too!). Alan and Ken shared the balls with 17 points each.
Organiser: Rick Butler in the absence of Nick Hillyard
2016 Results: Click here
The Bobbick (back to top)
(or The Golden Putter)
Sunday 7 May 2017
TD: Nick Hillyard
2017 titleholder: Rick Butler/Steve Urwin (14 putts)
Nine turned up on a glorious morning so TD Nick declared game on for the Golden Putter.
Some highlights for the day included the failure of Rob to remember to load his clubs, buggy and shoes into the boot of his car (thanks to Ray for the loan), and after trying desperately to find Ricky B's ball on the 14th after a chip from down the hill it turned up in the hole!
For the tournament itself, Steve U won twice (overall stableford plus tied minimum putts) to lose two shots while Ricky B lost a shot for tying for The Bobbick.
TD Nick declared a separate teams event for the least putts so team Urwin/Butler/ Lowndes won a ball each with an average 15 putts, followed by team Hillyard/Miller/Skulander avge 17 putts and team Thornton/Becker/Bell with 17.66667 putts.
That's it until next year.
Click here for stableford results.
2017 Results: |
Past winners: |
| Player || Putts |
| Rick Butler ||14
| Steve Urwin ||14
| Peter Thornton ||15
| Ken Miller ||16
| Nick Hillyard ||16
| Rob Lowndes ||17 |
| Tim Becker ||19
| Gary Skulander ||19
| Mike Bell ||19
| Year || Winner || Putts |
| 2017 || Rick Butler/Steve Urwin ||14
| 2016 || Rick Butler/Rob Lowndes ||13
| 2014 || Nick Hillyard ||9 |
|| Rick Chadwick ||13
| 2012 || Rob Lowndes ||13 |
|| Nick Hillyard ||12
|| Rob Lowndes ||13
|| Rob Lowndes ||14
|| Alan Waddington ||?
|| Rick Butler ||14
|| Peter Macdougall ||12
|| Peter Thornton ||12
|| Nick Hillyard ||13
|| Tim Becker (MOST putts!) ||18
Mary McKillop Miracle Open (back to top)
THURSDAY 26 January 2017
Tournament Director: Peter Thornton
2017 Rules for the Day:
• Back Nine white marks
• SMERG handicaps ( to be validated by the Webmeister)
• Groups to be drawn in the usual manner;
• Two "RB" audited" balls in please
• Winner(s) on Stableford takes the trophy and at least half the balls.
• Nearest the pin in one on the 16th (~2 balls);
• Longest drive on the cut fairway of the 14th hole (~2 balls);
• Most “miraculous” shot in each group by acclamation of the group (~one ball each) – must be a accompanied by a full blown narrative by that group’s scorer;
• No award for the winning group unless I decide otherwise.before now and then
• Stableford winner able to win any other category and loses 1 shot as it’s only a nine hole minor major.
• Losing group pays for coffee (using count back if a draw)
Played on a humid morning, trophy appears to be lost at RSYS - full investigation underway. Nine players.
Click here for individual results.
| Winner || Rob Lowndes - 22 points and loss of one shot |
| Longest drive 14th || Tim Becker |
| NTP 16th || Nick Hillyard (no one else on green!) |
| Miracles || One from each team - all verified |
| Coffee || Group 3 (Hillyard, Skulander, Chadwick) |
| Individual scores || See Results page |
THE DAWN PATROL (back to top)
ANZAC DAY TROPHY
Tuesday, 25th April 2017 (25th Year)
TD Alan Waddington
Played each year at Royal
Northbridge Golf Club
on ANZAC Day
The longest running SMERGS major. Played over the back nine until 2007. In 2008 and 2009 played over 18 holes.
In 2010 rain prevented play on 25th April and the event was played over the back nine the following day, a public holiday.
In 2011 rain again prevented play on Anzac Day and just four intrepid SMERGS turned up on the following day (a public holiday due to Easter Monday) to play in intermittent rain.
In 2012, played over the first ten holes which proved popular as 12 intrepid SMERGS did battle with the unfamiliar holes.
In 2013. TD Alan reverted to the back nine format.
There wasno whistle, white stick or deviant in sight as eight SMERGS assembled for our 25th ANZAC (slightly after) DAWN PATROL. It was a beautiful sunrise as we reflected, with the minute’s silence again broken only by the sound of the Northbridge Kookaburras’ own version of The Last Post. A TD initiative was to supplement the traditional English Ode with a tinge of Australiana - Dame Mary Gilmore’s poem “No Foe Shall Gather our Harvest.” Tim apologised for his absence.
In the individual contest, Burnsie stunned his opponents even if he didn’t stun the scorer. After hitting successive balls out of bounds and wiping the first hole he hit 4a4 on the 12th hole and 3a5 on the 18th hole in a total 20 points to secure a resounding victory. Congratulations Peter Burns, winner of the 2017 DAWN PATROL.
Today, it would have been good to say the Team Contest was a nip and tuck affair, but such was not the case. For Team One, Thornto led the way scoring 7 points in the first three holes while his team-mates struggled. From there it was downhill all the way for Peter and, narrowly, he took “The Crock” award with 13 points. Even as the round continued Peter’s team-mates didn’t fare much better. Rick Butler 14, Gary 15, and AW 16, produced an average which was just not good enough to avoid facing the honour of SMERGS traditional “shout.”
Team Two recorded three players equal to, or better than the best in Team One. Ken Miller and Rick Chadwick each scored 16 and Steve Urwin 15, which together with Peter’s 20 points easily gave them the Teams Award.
My thanks to all those participants who have again shared the best of Aussie mate-ship, this year and over the past twenty-five years of SMERGS ANZAC “Dawn Patrol.
2017 Results: Click here for individual results
Longest Drive 18th
Peter (Boom Boom) Burns
Ken Miller, Rick Chadwick, Steve Urwin, Peter Burns
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