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Thursday 28 September 2023

  • The Sports Bar Grand Opening 

  • Happy Hour Grand Final Weekend 

  • Commemoration Dinner & Club Person of the Year Nominees

  • 8th Tee Rebuild

  • Daylight Savings

  • Member Wins Away from Home

  • Women's Report

  • Vets


  • Meet Natalie

  • Excess Chairs

  • Upcoming Events

  • Joke of the Week

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Sports Bar Grand Opening 

What a fabulous night our Grand Opening event was, last Friday, 22 September when at last we were able to show off our amazing new Sports Bar facility to our Members and local community with over 250 in attendance across the Club. 

The evening started with 25 meat trays, then Member John Turra won the $2,000 Members' Cash Draw. Our super bar staff were busy all night showing off their new cocktails making skills, while food was being ordered from our new Sports Bar Menu (click to view). Lastly we enjoyed the opening speech by our President Mark Mathieson.

This is truly a great space for watching the sporting action on the Super Screen 4.5m x 2.4m or one of the many 65'' screens so you don't miss a moment. A perfect place for the having a cocktail on the deck as we move into summer overlooking the best views in North Ryde. 

Bring your friends, family or come along solo to join in the fun and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere here in North Ryde. We look forward to welcoming you.

The Sports Bar Open: 11am till late, 7 days
The Sports Bar Menu: available 7 days, lunch and dinner.

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Pictured above:  Left to right - Our smiling Directors Henk Van Diggle and Alex Cicchini with our lucky $2000 Member Cash Draw winner John Turra and also a very happy President Mark Mathieson on Grand Opening Night.

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Watch the Game Action at The Sports Bar 

Live and Loud in The Sports Bar is the perfect spot to get closer to the game day action with the super screen.  While we can't guarantee your team will win, what we can offer is an amazing location to watch these grand final clashes with, Happy Hour 30 minutes prior game time until half time, mouth-watering meals, a large selection of beers on tap and cocktails. 

AFL Grand Final Saturday at 2.30pm Saturday 30 September and the NRL Grand Final the next day Sunday at 7.30pm 1 October.

2023 Commemoration Dinner

Just over a week and it's the 2023 Commemoration Dinner and Presentation for Club Person of the Year. The best party in town Saturday, 7 October at only $60 a head. 

Starts 6:30pm, with a welcoming cocktail drink and sumptuous anti pasta grazing boards. Then between the exciting announcement of our Club Person of the Year, be entertained with live music brought to you by the QC Duo (who are bound to get your feet tapping), hopefully win a $400 Lucky Door Prize and enjoy an evening of decadent gourmet pizzas rolling into desert. 

Bookings Close Fri 6 Oct 12 noon.

Bookings are easy - online via Members' booking page, over the phone via the office on 9887 4422 ext. 2 or in person at the Club office. Payment required on booking. Past Captains and Presidents are guests of the club (free).  Don't miss this great evening with friends and family - Book now! 

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Meet our Nominees

Many of you will know our three nominees for Club Person of the Year but for those who don't let me introduce you and why they were nominated by their fellow members for this prestigious award. 

  • Russ (Rusty) Fennell - While Russ and family are well known figures around the Club for over 14 years now, many of you may not be aware of the volunteer hours, Rusty puts in to support our Major Men's Pennants team. Visiting every course (6) in this year's competition, taking note of all 18 holes, what and what not to do for the benefit of both caddies and players. Rusty has also volunteered many hours behind the scenes, more recently helping to construct furniture and set up the darts area in our new Sports Bar. Thanks, Rusty.
  • Serg Puz - A Member of the Club for over 35 years, Serg is a long-term passionate member who has volunteered many hours of his time to supporting the Club over the years, more recently he regularly gives freely of his time to assist the course team in the woodies volunteer program beautifying the course for the enjoyment of all fellow Members and our many public players. Thanks, Serg.
  • Norm Spalding - While he may not have been at the Club as long as our other nominees, he has had no less of an impact in helping to support our Club. With 40 years in the NSW Ambulance Service, Norm has employed his training and knowledge to establish the Club's emergency health & safety policy which included the new AED installed at the 9/17 tee with emergency phone protocol and providing first aid training to staff. Thank, Norm.

Come and support these three amazing Members at next week's Commemoration Dinner, no matter who is announced Club Person of the Year they are all winners. This is your opportunity to not only enjoy the Club and the night but also to thank the nominees for the time and effort they put in that helps makes our Club so special.

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8th Tee Rebuild

Following the increased degradation of the foundations of the 8th tee, where part of the platform appeared to be supported by the wire fence boarding the Telstra Exchange, your Board and Management escalated its repair priority.  

Please see some of the photos capturing the dig out before the repair commences.  The rebuild will include more appropriate infrastructure including Agg pipe back to pits, blue metal drainage and galvanised steel posts with reinforced concrete supports. 

We envisage the new structure will stand the test of time, outlasting the previous watermark of 50 years!

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Congratulations Tommy!

Member Wins Away from Home: Last Saturday, 23 September a few of our Members played in The Northbridge Cup, a Vardon Event first played in 1976. With a score of 67, North Ryde's very own Tommy Crockart was the winner of the Cup. Pictured smiling proudly showing off the spoils of victory as presented by one of the sponsors.

This is a fantastic achievement as it is the first winner of a Vardon Event by a North Ryde Member for some time. Well done Tommy.

Ben Brown - Captain

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Women's Report

Reminder Women's AGM Thursday 5 October at 7pm.  We hope to see you there. If you are unable to make it, there is a sheet in the locker room for apologies and another sheet where you can indicate that you will be attending the AGM. This will help us with catering arrangements. CLICK HERE for notice of meeting.

Upcoming Event:  Captains vs Presidents 2 Ball Team Stableford + Individual:  The winning team will have the best aggregate score of all the best ball scores. 

The Captain's team will be those that are booked on the two left hand side columns of the timesheet.  Captain's team colour is YELLOW

The President's team will be those on the two right hand side columns of the timesheet.  President's team colour is BLUE

Barbara Evennett - Women's Captain 

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Vets' Latest News

Coming up in October are our Vets' Championships, the 2 Rounds being played on Monday, 23 and Monday, 30 October.  As per 2022, players will book into their preferred time for Monday, 23 October and such time will remain for Round 2 should they not qualify for Round 2. 

For the 2nd Round on Monday, 30 October, the top 8 from Round 1 in each Division will then be seeded to play together at the end of the field.  Of the 3 Divisions, the 2 groups in Division 3 will be the first 2 groups to tee off, followed by the 2 groups in Division 2, and lastly, Division 1 will have their 2 groups teeing off.  Those players who have not qualified from Round 1, will be playing a Stableford game rather than another Stroke round, and your Round 1 tee off time will remain unchanged.

With regard to Hams Day and the number of games required to qualify for a ham, details will be provided in next week's 19TH News. Our next game is Monday, 9 October, after which there are 4 games left prior to Hams Day on Monday, 11 December.

Scott Beatty - Captain

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Free TRIVIA Wednesdays

Come and join us for free TRIVIA on Wednesday nights! Bring your answers to the weekly question within this newsletter for an extra point for your team. As pictured above for this coming Wednesday, 4 October.

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New Face

Excited to once again introduce you to another new staff member who has recently joined the Team at North Ryde Golf Club, Natalie Me-Tal. Natalie has a passion for hospitality and after working and obtaining certificates as a cook, baker and working behind the bar (makes a mean cocktail) is now in her first year studying fulltime, Hospitality Management at Ryde Tafe.

Many of you may have seen Natalie hard at work making cocktails at The Sports Bar Grand Opening. She loves helping and making the customer experience as positive as she can and is enjoying working at the Club. Only two streets away from where she is living. A resident of Ryde her whole life, Natalie is certainly a local to the Club.

She also loves to travel having just got back from extensive travel in Europe, loving to see new places and meet new people, Natalie is certainly suited for hospitality. Say hello and welcome Natalie to the Club family when you see her next.

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Excess Chairs 

We have undertaken a review of our furniture requirements and we have 60 chairs too many (as pictured).  Our rationalising might be your gain!

They are second-hand but generally in reasonable condition however before going out to the wider community, we'd like to offer you, our Members the first option on taking a chair or chairs if they will be of use to you.  Working on a "first in, best dressed" model, please come along and help yourself. 

Just touch base with either the office or Bar Staff - theses chairs have been taken off the floor and are stored in the old gaming area. 

Upcoming Events

FRI 29 SEPT - Meat Raffle from 5:30pm, $1000 Members Cash Draw
SAT 30 SEPT - AFL Grand Final 2:30pm
SUN 1 SEPT - NRL Grand Final 7:30pm
SUN 1 OCT - Daylight Savings 2am clocks change, forward one hour
MON 2 OCT - Public Holiday, Course & Clubhouse Open usual operating hours, Office closed. 
WED 27 SEPT - Free TRIVIA Night 7pm
THUR 5 OCT - Single Stableford, Min Smith Match Play Salver, Final

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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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