Golfers en­joy swing on re­opened course

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

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

36 points.

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.

Vet­er­ans’ golf

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.

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

BACK TO FORM: Mar­lene Gray chips for the green at the Proser­pine Golf Course on Satur­day.

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