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Friday 9 June 2023

  • Board Elections, - AGM

  • Stan Sheather Final

  • Super Saturday

  • Master Pennants 

  • Weekend Women's Pennants

  • Junior News

  • Women's News

  • Darts News

  • What's On - Upcoming Events

  • Joke of the Week

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2023 Board Elections 

Members are advised that, in accordance with the Club's Constitution, an election for the positions five (5) Ordinary Board Members (Directors), will be held from Monday 12 June to 5pm on Friday 23 June 2023. Candidates elected to the positions will hold office until the Club's Annual General Meeting in June 2025.
Nominations for the upcoming Board closed on Monday 29 May.  Only one nomination was received for each of the following office holder positions so congratulations to the following members who will be elected unopposed:

President - Mark Mathieson
Vice President - Alex Cicchini
Captain - Ben Brown
Vice Captain - Glenn Woodley

We received six nominations for the five remaining director positions.
The six nominees listed in ballot order are (* Denotes a current Director):

Steve Bradley
Henk van Diggele *
Steve Callaghan *
Greg Sheaves *
Ann Conway *
Tim McCauley

Voting Procedures & Nominees:  Please click here to view full details of our 2023-2025 Nominees in ballot order. For 2021 Board nomination and election procedures with how to vote details please click here.

Anthony Ryan - 
General Manager

Members are asked to note the following key dates relating to the election, which are prescribed by the Constitution:

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Stan Sheather Final

Last Saturday saw the final of the Stan Sheather Silver Bowl between Grahame Onley and Brad MacRae. In an unusual engagement of game tactics on his way to making the final, Grahame Onley's dedication to task and driving skills prevailed and he won 2&1. The Stan Sheather Silver Bowl is the Club's only individual handicap match play event. But who was Stan Sheather and what was his history with the Club?

North Ryde Golf Club was initially formed in 1937 and leased the land on the current site from a private company, which was partly owned by Sydney businessman, Les Mernin.

North Ryde grew out of the demise of two 9 hole golf clubs in the area - the Rydalmere Golf Club which had played on the course known as Spurway Ridge at Rydalmere - and the Eastwood Golf Club which was located in the area now bounded by Blaxland, Lovell and Kings Roads in Denistone.

Stan Sheather served as Captain of the Club between 1944 and 1945.  He became President in 1946, serving for a year and was President again between 1948 and 1952.

Between 1937 and 1948, the members of the Club continued to play golf on the leased land.  Les Mernin had become the major shareholder and owner of the land and had been approached by the Club on numerous occasions to sell the land, but he would not agree.

Despite Mernin's reluctance to sell, Stan Sheather persevered. Stan got news in October 1948, that Mernin was about to leave for the United States on a long business trip. 

Stan and his wife Mary rushed to Mascot Airport where Mernin was due to board a 2 am flight.  In the middle of the night, before Mernin could board his flight, Stan had secured his agreement to sell the land to the Club.

But for Stan and Mary's midnight dash to Mascot airport, the establishment of the Club might have been significantly delayed or may not have happened at all! Les Mernin did not return to Australia and died in the US in June 1949.

Stan's efforts gave the Club a chance to get started in its own right, but a lot of hard work was required to raise the purchase price of more than 18,000 pounds - over $1 million in today's money.

The Club issued debentures to raise the money to purchase the land.  Raising a large amount of money in years following World War II, to establish a golf club would have been a significant challenge.

At the end of the fundraising efforts, the Club faced a shortfall of 2,000 pounds.  Stan Sheather again came to the Club's rescue, taking out a mortgage on his own home to cover the difference - a commitment of over $100,000 in today's money.

Had Stan Sheather not been prepared to take on what in those days must have been a very significant financial risk, we might not have a golf course to play on each week.  

Not surprisingly, in recognition of his status as a founding father of the Club, Stan Sheather was elected a Life Member at the Club's first general meeting in 1949.

The Club owes Stan Sheather and his family a great debt and as members we should be grateful for his foresight and generosity.  The Club's individual match play competition is a great way to remember Stan Sheather and for the Club to acknowledge its gratitude to a great man of North Ryde Golf Club.

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Free Music & Celebration it's Super Saturday 

Get ready for a great afternoon/evening at the Club next Saturday from 4:30pm with Free Live music brought to you by the Paul Winn Duo playing songs from favourite artists such as Pete Murray, U2, Fleetwood Mac, Gloria Gaynor, Billy Joel, Jack Johnson plus a selection of Jazz.  Sit back and chill to your favourite tunes, celebrate with our last month's golfing winners and stay for an easy meal at the Restaurant. All welcome to join in the fun.

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Master Pennants 

The North Ryde Golf Club Master Pennant Team played their fourth round away on Sunday, 4 June against Moore Park Golf Club. Following a resounding win against them at home the week before we were met with much stiffer opposition last week. In a very tight match, we managed a 4.5 to 3.5 win, leaving us still second on the table with two games to go. 

Winners this week were Greg Sheaves 3 & 2, Chris Millard 5 & 4, Greg Imber 4 & 3, John McKie 1 up and Rob Righton halved. 

Our next game is at home this Sunday, 11 June against Roseville who are coming first. The result of this match will define whether we have a real chance of winning our Section as our final match will be against Roseville away and a result at home is crucial. 

Members and spectators are welcome - this Sunday at 11am. 

Proudly Sponsored by Tyrepower, West Ryde Smash Repairs and Bennelong Legal Services. 

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2023 Weekend Women's Pennants

The Weekend Women's Pennant team played their third game last Sunday, 4 June at Avondale against Pymble. The Team had a great result of 3/2, with the last game going to the 18th hole. Just about in darkness, Kathy Coales had a great chip and putt to secure the win. 

The Team members were: Jackie White - Field Captain, Fiona Montgomery, Angela Cafe, Angie Arathoon and Kathy Coales - Reserve:  Philippa Ternes.

The competition is at the halfway mark with 3 more rounds to play, currently North Ryde is in 3rd position - 1 point behind 2nd and 2 points behind 1st - the next 3 rounds will be interesting.  Congratulations for this great effort. The next round is on Sunday, 23 July at Pennant Hills Golf Course - North Ryde will play against Concord.

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Junior News

The final of the Jimmy Elphick Junior Match Play was played on Sunday, 4 June.

The final came down to two brothers playing against each other, Luke Johnsun and Matthew Johnsun. 

The result, Matthew defeated Luke 4/2. A great match.

Starting in 1981 as the Jim Elphick Trophy for Boys and the Elphick Trophy for girls was played as a Single Stableford Event until 1995, before combining both to become the Jim Elphick Junior Match Play Championship.

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Women's News

Women's Invitation Day Thursday, 22 June 2023 is your opportunity to invite a friend or two from other clubs to play at North Ryde Golf Club.  It will be a shotgun start at 8am playing an Irish Team Stableford.   

To win on the day your team must have a visitor, however if you don't have a visitor you can still play and be included in the ball competition. Members pay $16 at the Pro Shop on the day. Visitors $25 to be placed in an envelope with name and golflink number in the women's events slot before the draw is done on Thursday, 15 June.  The Restaurant upstairs will be open on the day for lunch afterwards. 

Lynne Jackson - Women's Committee

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Darts News

Congratulations to both our Dart's Teams with good results from the two semi finals Wednesday night 7 June - B Grade through to the Grand Final in 2 weeks with comprehensive win over leaders Hornsby RSL. 

Our A Grade team had a good win also over Gators - now to play Neil Ballantine's reigning premiers Gladesville Sporties next Wed for a spot in Grand Final. Go Team!

A GRADE - Wed 7 June Results:
Garry Owen 8 - 1 Sporties
NRGC 8 - 5 Gators

  • Garry Owen advance to the Grand Final on 28th June
  • Sporties will play NRGC next week
B GRADE - Wed 7 June Results:

Hornsby RSL 4 - 8 NRGC Tigers
Misfits 8 - 4 Black Adders

  • Congratulations to NRGC Tigers who advance to the Grand Final
  • Garry Owen will play Hornsby next week
A Team wishing you all the best for next week's big match, really a huge effort with two teams heading towards Grand Finals, what a great job. The extra time put in for practise is certainly showing!

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Join us for Weekly TRIVIA

All welcome to join us for free TRIVIA every Wednesday night! Bring your answers to our weekly question, for an extra point. Can you answer this Question in the above image for this week's (Wednesday Night, 14 June) bonus point? Book a table.

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Upcoming Events

FRI 9 JUNE - Meat Raffle & Members $1,600 Cash draw from 5:30pm
SAT 10 JUNE - Foursomes Championships Round 1 (A, B & C) 9 Pairs with the lowest scratch scores in each grade qualify to final round - 6 Players per Group
SUN 11 JUNE - Master Pennants at home vs. Roseville
MON 12 JUNE - Kings Birthday
TUE 13 JUNE - Women's Foursomes - Championships Round 2
WED 14 JUNE - Trivia Nights from 7pm
THUR 15 JUNE - Women's Foursomes Knockout Round 4 & Final Round
WED 21 JUNE - State of Origin Game 2

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" Yeah, I know your idea of Heaven was to play golf all day, but all we have is shuffleboard!"

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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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