Golfers enjoy swing on reopened course
GOLF: For the first time since Cyclone Debbie, the front nine holes of Proserpine Golf Club were open last weekend.
Playing twice around the front nine, the ladies played a single stableford with Melanie Patullo coming home the winner on
Runner-up on a countback was Penny Wardroper with 34 from Lyn Muller, also on 34. Completing the rundown was Wendy Bradley with 31.
The pin shot on nine went to Noelene Spurway.
The men’s stableford was taken out by Peter Fox with 44 points from a visitor from Rowes Bay club, Jesse King, with 43.
In the rundown were John Dodds, 43, Rod Wecker and Ben Moran 42, Conrad Werner and Rob Smith 41, and Bill Jesser 40 points on a countback.
On Monday, the club put on a three-ball ambrose competition over nine holes.
The winning team was M. Walton, A. Smith and M. Newman with a net 26.1.
Runners-up were Michael Cragg, John Dodds and John Roser on 28.5.
The rundown went to Peter Lewis, Greg Walker and Steve New on 28.7, just pipping Paula McQuat, Wendy Bradley and Kelvin Stephens with 28.9. The pin shot went to Rob Smith.
The juniors played their competition on Sunday.
The 18-hole winner was Levi Holmes with 108 and 36 putts. The nine-hole gross winner was Rian Mitchell on 71, with Harper HendersonFeldman on 73. Net winner was Jaxon HendersonFeldman 39, while runner-up was Liam Eames 47. The putt winner was Rian Mitchell on 16.
The gross winner in the six-hole competition was Logan Devery on 53 and runner-up Finn Bourke 54. Net winner was K. Philips on 26 and net runner-up was Jaymee Stevens 28. Least putts went to Daniel Spurway with 11.
The three-hole gross winner was Laycee Barts 25, who also got the least number of putts at six.
Net winner was Logan Burke on four and runner-up Georgia Holmes with 14.
Overall winners: Pascal Neunreuther 43, Warren Deighton 41, Mick Dibben 39, Ronald Edkins 37, Barry Mortimer 37, Les Bradford 36 and Neil Cawthorne 36.
Nearest to pin: Pascal Neunreuther, Kathryn Borer (times two) and Les Bradford. GOLF: After more than five years the resident professional golfer at the Proserpine Golf Course is calling it quits.
Having worked at the internationally prestigious St Andrews golf club and the invite-only club Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Kane Nusteling is moving on from Proserpine.
“It has been a great learning experience, coming from bigger clubs to actually start at the bottom with 123 members and to grow that to the 500 we have now has been satisfying,” Nusteling said.
“The green fees have doubled, buggy hire fees have doubled for the club. We have come a long way and it is now in a position where it can take off.”
He said he had enjoyed being at the much smaller community club in Prossie but needed a break from golf.
“I haven’t had any time off in 20 years, so I am going to have a spell and put more time into my daughter,” he said.
“I really enjoy spending time with her.
“I am looking forward to that and having my weekends back.
“In the golf trade I haven’t had free weekends since I left school.”
Nusteling said he had been offered work in Geelong where he grew up but planned to stay in the Whitsunday for winter.
As the resident golf pro in Proserpine, Nusteling had many balls in the air.
He was responsible for running the pro shop and collecting green fees but mainly to be the face of the club and to coach juniors.
Nusteling said he would leave the club with great memories and had gifted the club a great legacy.
“We have come a long way with junior golf,” he said.
“In five-and-a-half years we have had more than 500 kids attend junior golf clinics which I held for free.
“It’s something I wanted to do to give back to the community and to the game of golf.
“That is the thing I am most proud of in my time here.”
From junior coaching clinics run twice a week during the school term a Sunday junior competition had emerged.
Nusteling said he looked forward to spending the winter in the Whitsunday before making a decision about his pro career.
BACK TO FORM: Marlene Gray chips for the green at the Proserpine Golf Course on Saturday.