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Friday 10 March 2023

  • President's Message

  • Super Sunday this Weekend!

  • Major Pennants

  • New Signage

  • Course Renovations

  • Tonight $1,500 & Meat Raffle

  • Congratulations Gear Cup Winners

  • 2023 Master Pennants

  • Invitation - Thanks to Joan

  • Trivia - What's On - Joke of the Week

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President's Message

As we start a new Membership and Financial Year for our Club, I would like to update you on some of the news and plans that have been taking shape over the past months.

Firstly, I would like to formally welcome Anthony Ryan and Dean Lenertz into their new roles of General Manager and Course Superintendent. I am sure you will all join me in wishing them well.

Our Finances have recovered to a strong and sustainable position that allows the continued investment in the course and club. Over the past 2 years we have invested heavily, and this shows in the presentation of our Course, new equipment and upgraded facilities. We have also been able to keep price increases of membership and bar prices below the current rate of inflation.

However, this success brings with it an impact, and the current excessive utilisation of our course is not sustainable. Your Board will, as one of its most important objectives, ensure that our course is utilised sustainably and can environmentally thrive in future years.

There have been many questions about plans for the Sports Bar and Balcony. Despite any rumours to the contrary, neither project has been approved by Your Board. We await more detailed costings and finalisation of the proposals, and once received, will share relevant details with Members. Again, long-term sustainability and improved Member facilities will guide Your Board's final decisions.

Members will shortly be invited to partake in a new program to become a Woodie, GreenTeem or Junior Volunteer - stay tuned to the 19th News for more information.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the Survey, which had a high response rate. Overwhelmingly, Members are happy at the Club, however I would like to briefly respond to several points:

  • The Saturday Competition numbers have reduced slightly because of the introduction of 5-Day Memberships, but getting a spot is still difficult at times. If you have repeatedly missed out, please contact the Office and a guaranteed spot will be made available.
  • Five day membership has been introduced to free up spots on Saturday for working members who cannot play during the week. Therefore movement from 7-Day to 5-Day Membership (e.g. those who don't ordinarily play on a Saturday) will not occur in the short-term, until the above problem is better understood and resolved.
  • The Saturday Competition is not only for male members. Anyone who is a "Full Playing Member", including women can play on Saturday. The World Handicapping system allows anyone to play from any Tee and their Handicap is adjusted accordingly. The old rule that there had to be more than one woman in a group has not applied for many years.
  • The $20 Friday Fee is being reviewed, however this was put in place to reduce the number of Members playing on a Friday and this imperative remains. Friday is what keeps our Membership Fees affordable and losing public revenue will drive fees up considerably.
  • The 8th Tee retaining wall problem will be resolved in the coming weeks.
  • Your Board continues to look for options for Women's Presentations on Tuesdays and a viable alternative has yet to be found.

Wishing you all a wonderful Autumn of Golf.

Look after each other, stay safe, and I look forward to sharing your Fairway soon!

Mark Mathieson - President

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This Sunday Join us for Free Music & Cash!

Super Sunday is here this weekend - 12 March, all welcome to come along and enjoy FREE LIVE music brought to us by Seamus Field from 4:30pm.  It's a great way to finish off a weekend relaxing to some great tunes while we get to celebrate our golfers' wins.  PLUS there is the added bonus of the $1,000 CASH guaranteed to be won by a lucky member in the Club during the event.  Add to this is you can grab a meal or take away from the 'Dragon on the Green" restaurant and not have to cook!

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Major Pennants

North Ryde played at home vs Dunheved GC on Sunday in their last match of the season. After North Ryde lost last week at Dunheved 4 to 3, we were able to reverse that result and came away with a 4.5 to 2.5 win overall this placed North Ryde happily in 2nd place in the section.

A special mention to Jackson Fennell who played Number 1 in the team for the first time and had a great win 5&4 and also Fletcher Thompson who won his first major pennant game 4&3.


  • Res - Fletcher Thompson - won 4&3
  • Jackson Fennell - won 5&4
  • Matthew Gordon - square
  • Luke Cincotta - won 3&1
  • Joseph Lin - lost 2&1
  • Michael Hooper - lost 3&2
  • Alex Sghabe - won 3&1
  • Alistair McKie - won 3&2

In the other match in our division, Manly hosted Cumberland and that result was 3.5/3.5 matching the same result as the previous week. Final positions for the year, 1st Dunheved 3.5 points, 2nd North Ryde 3 points, 3rd Cumberland 3 points & 4th Manly 2.5 points.

On behalf of the Major Pennant team, we want to again thank our caddies for their efforts and to those members that came out again and supported the team on Sunday. It means a lot to the team. We would also like to thank our sponsors Tyrepower, Twin Sparks, Palmers Glass, West Ryde Smash Repairs & Bennelong Legal, your support is greatly appreciated.

We would also like to thank Glenn Woodley the team manager who after 35 years involved in Major Pennants is stepping away. Glenn has been a player, caddy & manager at different times during his 35 years and it will be sad to see you step away, your enthusiasm and effort will be sadly missed.

Ben Brown - Vice Captain

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New Signage

With minimal disruption to our golfers , we are please to show off our new LED sign which became operational on Wednesday this week.

This increases our ability to promote our Club's events and services to the community.

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Tonight $1,500 Cash

All members get the chance to win $1,500 CASH tonight.  Join us from 4:30 pm for Members Happy Hour, then from 5:30pm our ever popular weekly Meat Raffle tickets go on sale for your chance to take home one of the great meat trays to the family. Then after the Raffle it's time for the Members Cash Draw and this week it's jackpotted to a nice round sum of $1,500. 

To WIN you just need to be either a social or playing member and be in the Club when your number is called. 

Who's number will come up tonight???

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2023 Master Pennants

The following members have been chosen to represent North Ryde Golf Club in this year's Master Pennants Team.

  • Glenn Blundell
  • Russ Fennell
  • Greg Imber
  • John McKie
  • Chris Millard - Captain
  • Rob Righton
  • Greg Sheaves
  • Roy Shuttleworth
  • Dave Thompson
  • Ross Wilson

The Master Pennants is a scratch Matchplay event conducted by Golf NSW. Our Section draw for this home and away contest will commence on Sunday, 14 May against Campbelltown Golf Club at home, followed by Moore Park Golf Club and Roseville Golf Club. Wishing them a great competition.

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Women's News

Open Day Payments:  The last day for Open day payments is Tuesday, 14 March.  If the entry fee has not been paid when the sheet closes, then that entry will not be included in the draw. 

CLICK- Directions to Book and Pay via App
CLICK- Directions to Book and Pay via Website

Silver II Pennant:  Last week the Silver Pennant team had a 3/2 win against Concord at Monash.  The team playing was Elizabeth Sung (Field Captain), Vicki Cunliffe, Sue Chim, Karol Hwang & Monica Shon.  Great effort team!

This week our team will play Oatlands at Killara.  Good luck team and enjoy your games.

Muirfield 14 March:  I have emailed tee times to all concerned and there is a list in the locker room.

Barbara Evennett - Women's Captain

Weekend Women's Report:  The Weekend Women played their 2nd Medal round on Sunday, 5 March. The winner of Division 1 was Angie Arathoon and the winner of Division 2 was Chris Allsopp.

Sunday Women's Pennants:  Sunday, 12 March, the Sunday Women's Pennants team will be representing North Ryde at Roseville Golf Club. They will be playing against Ryde Parramatta. The team includes Philippa Ternes, Angie Arathoon, Di Bear, Angela CafĂ©, and Jackie White. The reserves are Rhonda Fazzolari and Kathy Coales. We wish them well.

Sue Mezger - Weekend Women's Liaison

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A young man with a few hours to spare one afternoon figures that if he hurries and plays very fast, he can get in nine holes before he has to head home. As he is about to tee off, an old gentleman shuffles onto the tee and asks if he can join him. Although worried this will slow him up, the younger man says, "Of course." To his surprise, the old man plays quickly. He doesn't hit the ball very far, but it goes straight. Furthermore, the old man moves along without wasting any time.

When they reach the 9th fairway, the young man is facing a tough shot. A large pine tree sits in front of his ball, directly between it and the green. After several minutes of pondering how to hit the shot, the old man says, "You know, when I was your age, I'd hit the ball right over that tree." With the challenge before him, the young man swings hard, hits the ball, watches it fly into the branches, rattle around, and land with a thud a foot from where it had started. "Of course," says the old man, "when I was your age, that tree was only three feet tall."

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North Ryde Golf Club
Twin Road, North Ryde, NSW 2113

P: (02) 9887 4422
E: office@northrydegolfclub.com.au


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