The Northern Beaches Goodwill Golf Pairs Championship (back to top)

Sunday 4 March 2018

Location:Long Reef GC

Tournament Organiser: Tim Becker/Gary Skulander

The 2018 event

A cloudy but dry autumn day welcomed 11 SMERGS plus Tim's Brother-in-law Ken Higgins to Long Reef to make up the 6 teams. The traditional Southerly buster blew in earlier than normal at 9.00am which challenged all 6 Teams !

Peter T and Tim B became the Champion Team for the second time in this very competitive Teams event with James H beating Ricky B by 1 stroke for the individual event.

Following the golf we welcomed Sue H, Marie S, Lyn C, Julie W, Burnsy, Tim's sister Jo Higgins and special guest Iris from Vancouver who joined us for lunch and the presentation.

Full details below:

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+ 8 balls each)


Pairs (& handicaps)



Peter T 20, Tim B 22


2 Rick B 7,  Ken H 21


  Winning Group (3 balls each) 104
3 Rick C 24, Steve U 24


4 John F 20, James H 26 49
  Group 90
5 Gary S 23,  Rob L 25 32
6 Nick H 18, Alan W 21 50
  Group 82


Event 2: INDIVIDUAL: Super Six Holer (individual Stableford total on holes 13-18)
Winner: James H 12 points (8 Balls, lose 1 shot)

Event 3: Nearest the pin on hole 13 (Prize: 3 balls) – Rob L

Event 4: Longest drive on hole 14 (Prize: 3 balls – Rick B


The Dawn


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The Obelisk (three club event)   (back to top)

19 November 2017

2017 titleholder: Rick Butler

Event: Glorious conditions and a field of 10 who had recovered magnificently from the rigours of Friday night. In the Clubhouse, not only did we have Ray's smiling face to greet us at 6 but also Kim made an appearance at 8.30 to lighten our darkness.
With the 3 club minor major and an additional 10 points, club selection became a source of speculation in the car park. Three players rather randomly ignored history and dispensed with their putters and all 3 ended in the bottom third of the field.......there's a moral to this story! 
The winning balls went to Rick Butler with a very tidy 36 shots which would have won most days but with a handicap of 10 he left the field in his wake.
Tournament Organiser:
Nick Hillyard

2017 Results: Click here



                The Bobbick    (back to top)

(or The Golden Putter)

Sunday 23 September 2018
TD: Nick Hillyard

2018 titleholder: Rob Lowndes (23 putts)

2018 Event: 
Nine turned up on and threw in 2 balls each for the normal stableford plus the Golden Putter with TD Nick declaring no gimmees and game on.  Rob showed renewed form helped by a 7.5 week old metal on metal replacement left hip to win both events and lose two shots for a combined prize of 18 balls.  Rob started with two three putt holes followed by just seven putts on the remaining seven holes - showing yet again that the less you play the better you get!
That's it until next year.  Thanks Nick for making it happen.

Click here for stableford results.

2018 Results:
Past winners:
 Player  Putts
 Rob Lowndes 13
 John Ferreira 14
 Gary Skulander 15
 Rick Butler 16
 Mike Bell 17
 Peter Thornton 18
 Nick Hillyard 18
 Ken Miller 18
 John Webb 18
 Year  Winner  Putts
 2018  Rob Lowndes 13
 2017  Rick Butler/Steve Urwin 14
 2016  Rick Butler/Rob Lowndes 13
 2014  Nick Hillyard 9
 2013  Rick Chadwick 13
 2012  Rob Lowndes 13
 2011  Nick Hillyard 12
 2010  Rob Lowndes 13
 2009  Rob Lowndes 14
 2008  Alan Waddington ?
 2007  Rick Butler 14
 2006  Peter Macdougall 12
 2005  Peter Thornton 12
 2004  Nick Hillyard 13
 2003  Tim Becker (MOST putts!) 18


Saint Mary McKillop Miracle Open   (back to top)

Friday 26 January 20

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."

2018 Results:
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


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Wednesday,  25th April 2018 (26th 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.

In 2018

An overcast morning greeted starters in the 2018 Dawn Patrol but we beat the rain home.


Ten SMERGS vied for the honours and Steve Figgis had the countback rule covered with his birdie on the eighteenth.  The countback was unnecessary as Steve came in on 23 points, a clear winner, as he sometimes proves to be in the big occasion tournaments. Runner Up was Steve Urwin with a solid 19 points and reinforcing the SMERGS handicapping system were the next five players who all finished within one point of each other.


Steve led Rick Chadwick and Ken to the Teams award (two balls each) and Rick Butler and Steve Urwin cleaned up the rest of the balls with respectively, the Long Drive and Nearest the Pin awards.


Thanks again to all participants in the SMERGS 2018 Dawn Patrol.
Alan W

 2018 Results:               Click here for individual results

 The Winner

 Steve Figgis
 NTP 17th  Steve Urwin
 Longest Drive 18th  Rick Butler
 Best team  Rick Chadwick, Steve Figgis, Ken Miller



In form Steve Figgis receives the Dawn Patrol Trophy from TD Alan

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