Steve Pace

If you have any information or news about golf please let me know at 918-257-4967 or email me at stevepace.golf@yahoo.com. We’d like to hear about “Hole-in-Ones” or even “Eagles” and especially “Double Eagles”. Let us know if you shoot your age. That is good news. Any golf news is always good news

LOCAL GOLF COURSE INFO:

Cherokee Grove – 918-786-9852

Grand Cherokee Golf Course, Langley – Public - 918-435-2103

Patricia Island Golf Course, Grove – Semi private – 918-786-3338

Peninsula Golf Course, Afton – Semi private – 918-257-4204

Peoria Ridge, Miami – Public - 918-542-7676

Eagle Creek, Joplin (Loma Linda) – Semi private-  417-623-5050

PRO NEWS

MELBOURNE, Australia – Tiger Woods gave the record crowds at the Australian Masters everything they could have wanted with his victory Sunday, except a definitive answer when he would return. “I promise it won’t be as long,” Woods said to yet another warm ovation. Woods took the lead for good with a 7-iron to within 4 feet for birdie on the fifth hole, and he hardly missed a shot the rest of the way for a 4-under 68 and a two-shot win over Australia’s Greg Chalmers.GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Michelle Wie raised both arms in the air, then put a hand over her mouth. No need to say a thing – this celebration was a decade in the making. Immediately after tapping in Sunday to win her first LPGA title, Wie pulled the ball from the 18th hole, looked up to the sky, let out a big sigh of relief, bounced up and down and pumped her right fist. After all the near misses, after all the expectations, her long wait was over.

GOLF JOKE of the WEEK

Submitted by my friend Donna Killion.

1. Don't buy a putter until you've had a chance to throw it.

2.  Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing.

3.  When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls.

4.  If you're afraid a full shot might reach the green while the foursome ahead of you is still putting out, you have two options:

a) you can immediately shank a lay-up or

b) you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there.

5. The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing.

6. No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse.

7. The inevitable result of any golf lesson is the instant elimination of the one critical unconscious motion that allowed you to compensate for all of your many other errors.

8.  If it ain't broke, try changing your grip.

9.  Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot. (Who hits a perfect shot?).

10. A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents' luck.

11. Counting on your opponent to inform you when he breaks a rule are like expecting him to make fun of his own haircut.

12. Nonchalant putts count the same as "chalant" putts.

13. It's not a gimme if you're still away.

14.  The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree.

15.  There are two kinds of bounces; unfair bounces and bounces just the way you meant to play it.

16. You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time.

17.  If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age.

18.  Since bad shots come in   groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three.

19.  When you look up, causing an awful shot, you will always look down again at exactly the moment when you ought to start watching the ball if you ever want to see it again.

20.  Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe.

21. If you want to hit a 7 iron as far as Tiger Woods does, simply try to lay up just short of a water hazard.

22.  To calculate the speed of a player's downswing, multiply the speed of his back-swing by his handicap; i.e., back-swing 20 mph, handicap 15, downswing = 300 mph.

23.  There are two things you can learn by stopping your back-swing at the top and checking the position of your hands: how many hands you have, and which one is wearing the glove.

24.  Hazards attract; fairways repel.

25.  You can put a draw on the ball, you can put a fade on the ball, but no golfer can put a straight on the ball.

26.  A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours.

27.  If there is a ball on the fringe and a ball in the bunker, your ball is in the bunker. If both balls are in the bunker, yours is in the

footprint.

28.  It's easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 to work in the garden.

29. Sometimes it seems as though your cup moveth over.

30.  A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game.

31.  Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot.

32.  A good golf partner is one who's always slightly worse than you are….that is why I get so many calls to play with friends.

33.  That rake by the sand trap is there for golfers who feel guilty about skipping out on lawn work.

34.  If there's a storm rolling in, you'll be having the game of your life.

35.  Golf balls are like eggs. They're white. They're sold by the dozen. And you need to buy fresh ones each week.

36.  A pro-shop gets its name from the fact that you have to have the income of a professional golfer to buy anything in there.

37.  It's amazing how a golfer who never helps out around the house will replace his divots, repair his ball marks, and rake his sand traps.

38.  If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight (or worse).

39.  You probably wouldn't look good in a green jacket anyway! A sweatshirt will do just fine.

40.  It takes longer to learn to be a good golfer than it does to become a brain surgeon. On the other hand, you don't get to ride around on a cart, drink beer, eat hot dogs and fart if you are performing brain surgery.

GOLF TIP of the WEEK

Some golfers have too much lateral motion. This means that during the swing there is too much sliding back away from the target and then sliding back toward the target. Logically, this changes the contact point with the ball. Whenever I have a student that has too much motion from the waist down, I ask them to simply lift their little toes (inside their shoes, of course). This simple effort will calm the lower part of the body. Try it, it works.

Keep it in the Middle !

Steve