Retirement suits Peter’s golf game

Bronson White – easy path to second round of match play championship.

By Peter Owen

When Peter King gave up work last year and moved from Brisbane to Noosa, part of his retirement plan was to spend more time on the golf course.

Formerly a member of Brisbane’s Pacific Golf Club, Peter joined up at Noosa – and quickly went about pursuing his goal.

He made new friends, developed a routine of playing on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and thoroughly enjoyed his new life in retirement.

The only thing wrong was the quality of his golf.

In the end, he decided to change his swing – a dangerous thing for a man of mature years.

But it worked for Peter. And on Wednesday the former oil industry worker returned his best round of golf since he’s been on the Sunshine Coast to win the vets B grade stableford competition with an impressive 42 points.

“I played pretty well the week before and on Wednesday everything fell into place,” Peter said.

He said he chipped and putted with accuracy and kept his ball in play.

Bill and Ruby click on same day

Bill and Ruby Jaede obviously bring out the best in each other’s golf game.

The couple dominated Wednesday’s stableford competition at Noosa Springs, Ruby winning the women’s division with 38 points, and Bill scoring 40 points to lose the men’s comp after a countback.

The effort was eerily similar to their performance in May, when Ruby (43 points) won the women’s competition, with Bill (40 points) again being beaten on countback for men’s honours on the same day.

The Jaedes had played only limited golf until they retired to Noosa a couple of years ago.

Ruby has had a Golf Australia handicap for little more than a year and puts her rapid improvement down to regular practice sessions with teaching professional Greg Lynch.

Her initial handicap was 36.8. It’s now 21.1, while Bill plays off a handicap of 9.4.

The Jaedes lived in Brisbane, interspersed with stints in Singapore, before Bill, a commodity trader, retired and relocated to Noosa in 2020. Until then, their sport of choice had been tennis.

Giblett leads pennant win

George Giblett beat in-form Caloundra star Blaike Perkins 2&1 as Noosa returned to winning form with a stunning 4-3 victory over Caloundra in A grade zone pennants competition on Sunday.

Noosa, the two-time defending champion, now sits third on the ladder after two rounds in what is proving to be a tight competition.

Giblett’s win was significant, while other Noosa winners were Toby Harding (8&7), Alex Officer (2up) and Alec O’Brien.

In B grade Black, Noosa shared honours with Caloundra 3.5-3.5. Noosa’s winners were Shane Dunning, Michael Nassereddin and Gary Ward, while Lee Christie was all square with his Caloundra opponent Luke Richards.

Noosa’s second B grade team went down 4.5-2.5 to Cooroy in the Red conference, while Noosa Springs took down Maroochy River 4-3.

In Masters competition, Noosa and Caloundra tied 3.5-3.5, Cooroy beat Peregian 4.5-2.5, Noosa’s second team drew 3.5-3.5 with Headland, while Noosa Springs lost 4-3 to Maroochy River in a tight contest.

Easy path for Bronson

With the eight-person field determined on handicaps, Noosa’s Bronson White crossed his fingers that his handicap would be sufficiently low to secure him a place in this year’s Invincibles Match Play Championship finals.

He needn’t have worried. Not only did he get into the elite field, he’s already through to the second round of the annual tournament.

Bronson’s opponent in the first round – to be played at Twin Waters on Sunday, July 24 – was to be Keperra’s Wesley Hinton, who is required to represent his club in Brisbane zone pennants competition.

“It is unfortunate that our match play championships have coincided with Brisbane’s pennant season,” said Invincibles president Graeme Miller.

“But we know it is important that club members do everything they can to represent their clubs.”

Bronson will go straight into the Division 1 semi-finals, to be played the following weekend at Noosa Springs, where his opponent will be Twin Waters’ Tom Hutchison, who also benefited from his Brisbane-based opponent having to withdraw.

In girls’ Division 1 competition, Noosa Springs’ Sunday Moore will clash in the first round with Bundaberg’s No 1 seed Kate McFarlane, while Noosa’s Maddison Kelly has drawn Mikayla Dyal (Royal Queensland).

In Division 2, Noosa’s Nate Jackson will play Taj Peek, while clubmate Jaxon Smith has drawn Marcus Carlson in Division 3, and Noosa Springs’ James McCulloch will play Drew Fernley.

Noosa Springs’ Coco Moore will tackle Ruby Kavanagh in girls’ Division 2 competition.

New bridges soon for Cooroy

Work has begun on replacing the bridge on Cooroy’s sixth fairway which was washed away during the recent floods.

Once footings have been dug and concrete poured, it will take at least a fortnight before the bridge can be fitted and connecting concrete paths poured.

Work has also begun on building a new bridge on the 18th fairway.

Bunkers were also severely damaged during the floods, with sand washed away from every bunker.

Course superintendent Warren Smith said the back bunker on the 18th hole, the left hand bunker on 16 and the bunker on 10 would be filled and replaced with hybrid couch.

About 100mm of new sand will be replaced in all other bunkers.

Mr Smith said a grove of trees would be planted along the fence on the 11th fairway, providing nesting and feeding opportunities for small native birds.

The project was a result of a $3080 Queens Platinum Jubilee grant and the trees would be known as the Platinum Jubilee Grove.

Noosa Springs Skins coming up

It’s described as a fun social golf event, but winning four bottles of fine wine on every hole is a serious business for any golfer. The Noosa Springs Skins Series is played four times a year with the next event scheduled for Wednesday 7 September.

It’s a team’s stableford competition with the best three scores on each hole becoming the team score. It two or more teams tie a hole, the wine prize jackpots to the next hole, with a total of 72 bottles to be won.

And any golfer who sinks their tee shot on the par three four hole will win a Noosa Springs corporate membership valued at $2250.

Download an entry form on the Noosa Springs website or call the Golf Shop on 5440 3325.

Club competitions


Monday 11 July

Women’s stablford: A grade – Lani McDowall 39, Tracey Fulbrook 37; B grade – Amy Coates 40, Gwenn Davidson 35c/b.

Tuesday 12 July

Men’s stableford: A grade – Graham Farrell 39c/b, Gav Hunt 39, Paul Sanderson 34c/b, Craig Lena 34; B grade – Jason Toohey 38, Dale Officer 37c/b, Mal Condon 37, Jim Lawrence 34; C grade – Roger Chaffey 39c/b, Phillip Bowden 39, Glenn Heath 37, John Pawley 35.

Wednesday 13 July

Vets stableford: A grade – Trev Sumner 38, Brian Farmer 35, David Murray 34c/b; B grade – Peter King 42, Dave Whitehead 38, Brian Priebe 36c/b; C grade – Phil Grieve 35c/b, Martin Taylor 35c/b, Peter Crooks 35c/b.

Thursday 14 July

Women’s 4BBB stableford: Janine Freestall & Sue McLaurin 45c/b, Karen Haynes & Arlene Penlington 45, Judy Patterson & Tracy Whitbread 43, Fiona Watson & Irene Kerr 42.

Saturday 16 July

Men’s stableford: A grade – George Giblett 40c/b, Craig Lena 40, Timothy Storrer 38c/b; B grade – Dale Officer 41, Ray Egge 39c/b, Greg Strang 39; C grade – Peter Turnbull 38, Rex Lawn 37c/b, Chris Townson 37c/b.


Monday 11 July

Men’s stroke: A grade – Jack Chalmers 67, Mike Dehnert 73, Glenn Sutherland 74; B grade – Norman Larcombe 70, Michael Cawsey 71, Joost Wamsteeker 72c/b; women’s: A grade – Leisha McMenamin 73c/b, Rosie Randall 73, Susan Lee 74; B grade – Margaret Charlton 70, Janet Young 73, Marlo Douglass 74.

Wednesday 13 July

Men’s stableford: A grade – Brett Dudley 40c/b, William Jaede 40, Simon Hennessey 39; B grade – Peter Butt 37c/b, Vince Green 37, Alan Bradley 36; women’s: Ruby Jaede 38, Jennifer Aitken 37, Suzanne Jackson 34.

Thursday 14 July

Mixed Ambrose, front 9: Jack Chalmers, Raffi Sekzenian, Kaye Bolen & Philip Stewart-Moore 27.25; Dianne Hudson, Phillip Fortington, Joss Cooper & Tony Carabetta 27.375; Grace Mathias, Stuart McFarland, Kerry McFarland & Graham Young 28.5

Saturday 16 July

Men’s stableford: A grade – Greg Taylor 40, John Mulquiney 36c/b, James McCulloch 36; B grade – Bob Bean 38, Mike Angus 36, Ray Fisher 34c/b; women’s: A grade – Lee-Ann Hay 36, Dianne Hudson 35, Kelly Lynch 34c/b; B grade – Shard Lorenzo 37, Barbara Sweeney 36c/b, Jennifer Carr 36c/b.


Monday 11 July

Vets stableford: Div 1 – Michael Dunlop 41, Wayne Carty 37, Peter Crosby 36; Div 2 – David Attrill 39, Ron Blount 34c/b, Geoffrey Currie 34.

Tuesday 12 July

Women’s stroke, 9 holes: Janine Wynwood 31, Jennifer Webster 35c/b, Sandra Viney 35.

Wednesday 13 July

Vets 4BBB stableford: Greg Topping & Steve Jackson 48, John Cairns & Peter Crosby 46, Peter Palmer & Dale Rickard 43c/b.

Thursday 14 July

Women’s stroke: Kim Gladman 74, Kate Sawrey 75, Eve Hunt 76.

Saturday 16 July

Men’s stableford: Div 1 – Tony Gordon 37, Cyril Trist 36, Peter Jeucken 35; Div 2 – Nate Crosby 40, Chris Gannon 37, Peter Palmer 35; women’s: Deborah Nelson 34c/b, Sarah Brogden 34, Kate Sawrey 33.