Prossie golf pro a perfect match
GOLF: Roger Vandenberg is settling into his new role as club professional at the Proserpine Golf Course.
Vandenberg trained at the Oxley Golf Club in Brisbane under Merv Uhlmann.
When leaving Brisbane, Vandenberg took up residency as the club professional at the Laidley Golf Club in the Lockyer Valley where he was nominated for club professional two years in a row.
He also got Laidley through to the national finals.
Vandenberg is excited about picking up where former Proserpine club professional Kane Nusteling left off and has already approached local schools about including golf in their sports curriculum.
“St Cath’s and Cannonvale schools and eventually it would be good to include Bowen and any schools in a 45-minute radius,” he said.
“There is about three or four schools looking to hold programs next term we just have to wait for funding to open.”
As well as running the pro-shop and promoting the game of golf, Vandenberg is also available for one-on-one coaching sessions.
“Any player, ladies to men, seniors and all ages are welcome,” he said.
Eventually Vandenberg would like to get back on the pro-am circuit and compete at tournaments throughout Australasia.
He will have that chance when competing at the state finals of the Holden Scramble with team mates from the Prosperine Golf Club. “I am really looking forward to it.”
Until then, Vandenberg has a young protégé in 17-year-old Matt Bower.
“He is going to come and work for me and we will get him started in a traineeship to be a PGA member,” he said.
“It opens the doors to being a playing professional or club professional or a teaching professional.
“If he puts his head down and practises hard he has the ability. He just has to put in the hard yards for the next five to 10 years.”
On becoming a part of the Prosperine Golf Club, Vandenberg said he had “been welcomed with open arms” by the members.
“They are a bunch of great people and looking forward to growing the relationships and membership out here at the club,” he said.
Vandenberg said work had started on the cyclonedamaged clubhouse and was expected to be completed in three months.
DRIVING FORCE: New Proserpine Golf Club professional Roger Vandenberg is excited about developing junior talent in the region.