Tournament Director: Peter Thornton
2018 Rules for the Day
Rules for the Day:
• Back Nine - white marks
• SMERG handicaps (to be validated by the Webmeister)
• Groups to be drawn as follows: according to the number of groups, the lowest handicappers on the day will be nominated as team captains – the order of play will be selecting their ball from a hat and then they will then in turn select a ball from a hat to pick their team; a team of three will play first.
• No “I must be in the first group” requests please.
• No "gimme puts" please - anybody begging for or giving a put to be disqualified from award of the trophy but not from paying for coffee;
• Two "RB audited" balls in please;
• Winner(s) on Stableford takes what is by far the most tasteful trophy in the Smergs cabinet and at least half the balls;
• Nearest the pin on the green 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 (two balls each) – must be accompanied by a full blown narrative in exquisite detail by that group’s scorer so this can written up by the rapporteur for the event;
• No award for the winning group unless I decide otherwise - which I might;
• Stableford winner able to win any other prize and loses 1 shot as it’s a nine hole minor major.
• Losing group pays for coffee (using count back if a draw)
And to cap off the day, TD PT declared:
"Thanks to all for attending todays Australia Day StMMMO – I thought the result was an outstanding one – 24 points by a SMERG who had never won it before in its 22 year history – truly miraculous. As stated at coffee I have decided that I should step down as the convenor of this event.
As you would all know the Parliament has been ravaged been by the controversy over whether certain members are dual citizens and therefore ineligible to be member of Parliament. I too hold dual citizenship and accordingly now believe myself to be inappropriate to hold the high SMERG office of Convenor of the ADSTMMMO. I believe that the significance of the day means the Convenor should be someone with undivided loyalties. – someone who is truly true blue."
Eleven players on a humid morning. Started with the national anthem and then - game on!
Click here for individual results.
|Winner||John Webb - 24 points (38 hits with one wipe!)|
|Longest drive 14th||James Halliday|
|NTP 16th||Rick Chadwick|
|Miracles||One from each team - all verified|
|Coffee||Group 1 (Hillyard, Thornton, Waddington)|
|Individual scores||See Results page|
ANZAC DAY TROPHY
Wednesday, 25th April 2018 (26th Year)
TD Alan Waddington
Played each year at Royal
Northbridge Golf Club
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.