Winter lessons available

Get a headstart on the other players in your group with our discounted winter lessons.

Winter Teaching Rates: (offer expires March 15)

$35 for 30 minutes (includes video analysis)

Also: High school age and younger golfers can take lessons for just $25.

Call me for an appointment - 918-257-4967

Local golf

Local Grove Highschoolers have been going through a golf swing refresher/orientation sponsored by the Patricia Island Lady Member Ambassadors. Gregg Compton and I are facilitating these classes. Those in attendance are Gabby Fields, Andra Childers, Katelyn Smith, Chase Cookson, Darwin Huddleston, Jared Perryman, Chance Bass, Braden Johnson, Sierra Muse, Jessica Walker and Tarik Masri. If I omitted a name or two, I will list them next week.

Big amateur tournament schedule announced

Go to for information or contact Chad Morrison at 713-483-4446.

This could be a lot of fun and challenging. A great chance to find out if you are as good as you think you are.

Golf tip of the week

How many of you watch the ball roll as you putt it? How many of you would like to putt better? Simple, simple fix!! Quit watching the ball roll. After you have putted the ball, make yourself continue to look at the spot where the ball was and listen for it to fall in to the cup. I absolutely guarantee this will improve your putting.

Pro report

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The 18th hole at Riviera Country Club had given up only six birdies to 73 players in the final round of the Northern Trust Open. Bill Haas convinced himself there would be at least one more to force a playoff. The surprise was how it ended. Two holes after Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley poured in birdie putts to set up a three-man playoff, Haas won with a birdie on the 10th hole when all he was trying to do was make par. The winning putt was just under 45 feet, all the way across the shallow putting surface, and it provided a stunning conclusion right when thousands of delirious fans - including Jerry West, the tournament's executive director - thought it couldn't get any better.

"If I hit 30 putts, I maybe make five of them," Haas said. "But it just so happens it did right there. I hit it just like I wanted. I hit the line. There was a ball mark about 10 feet in front of me. I was trying to go just around that, and I did that. I'm not giving it all to luck," he said. "I felt like I hit a nice putt. But from that length, anything can happen."

Shaft flex fittings available

"This helps the amateurs more than the pros!"

If you aren't "shaft flex fitted" you are at a disadvantage before you even tee up.

So, please read this...Grand Lake Golf Academy is now the official "Fitter" for 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 percent of all golfers are playing with the wrong shaft frequency. Simplified, this just means you get the club face square back to the ball naturally or by force. Get the whole story by going to offer a fitting and swing lesson for $50. If you replace and order your shafts at $55 each including grip, we credit the $50 to your purchase. You can even use your club heads. Call Steve at 918-257-4967 or Dave Rycroft at 918-791-5689.

Longer drives - guaranteed!

Go to site below for a great new practice tool. $85 including shipping

Joke of the week

Three mischievous old Grannies were sitting on a golf bench outside a nursing home when an old golfing Grandpa walked by.

One of the old Grandmas yelled out saying, "We bet we can tell exactly how old you are and what your golf handicap is."

The old man said, "There is no way you can guess it, you old fools."

One of the old Grandmas said, "Sure we can! Just drop your pants and under shorts and we can tell your exact age."

Embarrassed just a little, but anxious to prove they couldn't do it, he dropped his drawers.

The Grandmas asked him to first turn around a couple of times and to jump up and down several times.

Then they all piped up and said, "You're 87 years old! And you have a 20 handicap"

Standing with his pants down around his ankles, the old gent asked, "How in the world did you guess?"

Slapping their knees and grinning from ear to ear, the three old ladies happily yelled in unison, "We were at your birthday party yesterday!"

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove's Patricia Island Golf Club. For information on lessons or equipment, or to pass along any golf-related news, contact Steve at 918-257-4967 or email him at