The NSW Golf Industry Award night was held at Curzon Hall in Sydney on Monday, October 22.
The golf Industry consists of Golf NSW, PGA (Professional Golfers Assn), GMA (Golf Managers, Assn), NSW Course Superintendents Assn, ALPGA (Ladies Professionals) and the Jack Newton Junior Golf Association.
Lithgow Golfer Lynne Ritchie was nominated as a finalist in the category of ‘Services to Golf in NSW’.
Amongst Lynne’s credentials are that she was a Board Member of Golf NSW for six years and during that time was instrumental in introducing the new course rating system throughout Australia, acting as the NSW Chair and during that time also representing NSW at the national level, Golf Australia.
Lynne has served on the Blue Mountains Committee for 30 years, 21 of those as secretary of the Association. She was awarded Life Membership of the Blue Mountains Association in 2014.
Locally, Lynne has been a member of Lithgow Golf Club since 1973. She has served on the Board of LGC for 19 years. She has been club secretary for eight years and has held the positions of vice president and director.
Lynne was also awarded Life Membership of Lithgow Golf Club in 2009. Lynne has been on the Lithgow Ladies Committee for 39 years, holding all committee positions.
The Lithgow Lady Golfers are very proud of the achievements and dedication Lynne has given to our Club, our district and state even though she was not lucky enough to win the award on the night.
The category winner was Denis Dale from Twin Creeks who started up and continues to be involved in the Men’s Veterans Association.
Lynne said it was indeed an honour to have been recognised and nominated for her contribution to Golf over the years.
“The pleasure has been all mine, I have had great support from my husband Robert and have travelled all around the country, met some wonderful people and made good friends throughout the golfing community,” she said.