Steve Pace

TOURNAMENT INFO

MARY MOORE CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT- Jack Moore is hosting the at the Shangri-La Golf & Country Club, Monkey Island, OK on August 28. It is a 1:00 shotgun start and includes lunch before play. The tournament proceeds go to THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS. The public is invited to participate. For additional information contact Jack Moore at 918-557-7670 or email jmoore1320@allegiance.tv.

GARY DUNHAM MEMORIAL - August 28 at Patricia Island Golf Club, Grove, OK. The tournament begins at 1:30 (shotgun start).

BORDER TOWN CASINO GOLF TOURNAMENT, September 18 at Patricia Island.

GROVE ROTARY TOURNAMENT, 1 pm September 24, 2010 at Patricia Island Golf

Club. Contact Andy Stewart at 918-786-3338.

WHAT’S GOING ON

PGA Championship-Whistling Straits, Kohler, Wisconsin, Aug 12-15;

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP)—Martin Kaymer won the PGA Championship in a three-hole playoff Sunday that did not include Dustin Johnson, who was penalized two strokes for grounding his club in a bunker on the last hole. Kaymer captured his first major in a PGA Championship that might be remembered as much for a guy who tied for fifth.

Johnson had a one-shot lead playing the final hole at Whistling Straits when he drove into a tiny patch of sand where the gallery had been walking all week. Johnson grounded his club, unaware he was in a bunker. The gallery was packed in so tight that to Johnson, it looked like a piece of grass that had been trampled. “Walking up there, seeing the shot, it never once crossed my mind that I was in a sand trap,” Johnson said. “It’s very unfortunate. The only worse thing that could have happened was if I had made the putt on that last hole.”

He missed the 7-foot par putt to seemingly slip into a three-man playoff with Kaymer and Bubba Watson.

But the two-shot penalty turned his 71 into a 73, and instead of going to a playoff for redemption from his U.S. Open meltdown, he tied for fifth and headed home.

As Johnson was leaving the course, Kaymer was coming up clutch again. The 25-year-old German holed a 15-foot par putt on the 18th hole in regulation for a 2-under 70 to join Watson (68) at 11-under 277. One shot behind in the playoff, Kaymer made another 15-foot putt for birdie on the par-3 17th, then watched Watson implode. Watson went from the right rough into the water, then over the green into a bunker. His bunker shot hit the flag, and he tapped in for double bogey. Kaymer chipped out after seeing Watson go in the water, and he hit 7-iron to 15 feet for a two-putt bogey.

FOR YOUR INFO

Acushnet (TITLEIST) sold the Cobra brand to Puma back in March.

LPGA No Event Scheduled; CHAMPIONS No Event Scheduled; NATIONWIDE

Price Cutter Charity Championship Presented by Dr Pepper Highland Springs CC,

Springfield, Missouri Aug 12-15

ARE YOU FRUSTRATED BY YOUR GAME?

If so, please read this…GRAND LAKE GOLF SCHOOL at Patricia Island is now the official “Fitter” for www.fitchip.com in this area. This is a new fitting system in which we can measure instantaneously if you have the right frequency shafts in your clubs. The inventor and developer proved to me that 60% of all golfers are playing with the wrong shaft frequency. Simplified, this just means you either get the clubface square back to the ball naturally or by force. Naturally is of course best. We offer a fitting and swinglesson for $50; If you replace and order your shafts at $45 each including grip, we credit the $50 to your purchase. Or, ask us about our demo plan. Call Steve at 918-257-4967 or Gregg Compton at 515-333-9977.

STUDY SUPPORTS ARGUMENT THAT GOLF IS A SPORT

Ever wonder if you play better golf riding in a cart or walking? Ever wonder how many calories you burn in a typical round? Or whether you would play better if you were in better shape? Ever wonder if golf is truly a sport?

Neil Wolkodoff wondered all those things, too. And as director of the Center for

Health and Sport Science at the Rose Medical Center in Denver, he knew how to find the answers. Two years ago, he bought $27,000 worth of equipment to conduct a painstaking set of tests on amateur golfers. When he was done, he had some findings that could settle a lot of barroom arguments. For example, in Wolkodoff’s study, golfers scored lower while walking with a caddie or with their clubs on a push cart than they did when using a motorized cart. And golfers carrying a golf bag posted the highest average score. As one might expect, the most energy was expended while walking with a bag (721 calories burned for nine holes). But walking with a pushcart was not far behind (718). Walking with a caddie burned 621 calories for nine holes, and riding in a cart still burned 411 calories on average.

“One of the surprise realizations was that just swinging a golf club about 100 times uses up a significant amount of energy,” Wolkodoff said. Each of the golfers went through rigorous testing before the study to establish their aerobic endurance and anaerobic threshold levels - the point when lactic acid buildup generally begins to impair coordination and concentration. This became important because Wolkodoff could watch readouts from six pounds of sensors strapped to the golfers and identify when they had gone beyond their fitness level. What Wolkodoff discovered was that exceeding one’s anaerobic threshold usually went hand in hand with ineffective golf. Think, for example, of someone walking up a steep hill and then having to execute a delicate chip without the two-minute recovery period needed to restore heart and respiratory rates to normal.

So being fit cuts strokes.

GOLF TIP OF THE WEEK

I was just doing a swing analysis with my brother in law, Sparky Gilstrap and noticedthat at the top of his backswing he did NOT cock his wrists. Then, I started watching other golfers and realized that a whole bunch don’t.

At the top of your back swing there should be a 90 degree or right angle. Straight lead arm and shaft of the club should be perpendicular.

Solution: To help oneself get there go back to your set up and make sure that your hands are no more than a 6 inches away from your body as you address the ball. This will force a little “pre-cocking” of the wrists. Another old time swing thought is that at the top of your back swing try to feel a bounce point and then that you are firing the butt of the club grip at the ball.

IT’S THE LAW

A two-foot putt counts the same as a two-foot drive.

LOCAL GOOD NEWS

Grove, OK - Patricia

Island Golf Club & Estates is “beating the heat” by offering the DOG DAYS OF

AUGUST Special: $30 includes golf and Cart and free ice water for all 7 days a week, AFTER 1:00 pm (until end of August). Call the pro shop at 918-786-3338 Ext 3 if you have any questions.

Monkey Island, OK - You gotta drive out and take a look…Shangri-La’s two new holes are getting “instant grass and instant trees” via sod and transplants. The sand traps are bright white and memberships are selling fast. Call Jason Sheffield at 918-257-4204 for info.

MISCELLANEOUS

Hunter Mahan shot a bogey-free final-round 64 to win the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational by two strokes after trailing by three entering the final round for his third career PGA TOUR victory. The three-stroke comeback victory equals the largest come-from-behind win in the tournament’s 12-year history (Tiger Woods, 2009).

All three of Mahan’s PGA TOUR wins have occurred when trailing after three rounds.

David Frost jumped out fast Sunday with a brilliant front nine and finished with a -11 (61) to earn a record-setting victory at the 3M Championship. It was the first career Champions Tour win for Frost, whose -25 (191) was two shots better than the previous tournament scoring record set by R.W. Eaks in 2008. His final-round score beat by one the tournament’s previous lowest round set by Dana Quigley in 2008.

Sergio Garcia said Sunday he plans to take a two-month break after the PGA

Championship next week, not returning to competition until the end of October at the Castellon Masters on his home course in Spain. The only event that could get in the way of that break is the Ryder Cup, which is a long shot.

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove's Patricia Island Golf Club. You can reach him with any golf news at stevepace.golf@yahoo.com or at 918-257-4967.