Steve Pace

PATRICIA ISLAND Golf Club & Estates

LADIES… Mark your calendar …. Our very successful $10 at 10 a.m. (aka 10 at 10) starts Saturday April 30. This is open to the public and consists of two certified instructors walking the driving range hitting area and simply giving observations. Beginners welcome. This price includes your range balls.

SHANGRI-LA

New Head Golf Pro at Shangri-La Country Club, Rob Yanovitch, just announced a Short Game Clinic for Friday April 15 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Contact Rob at rob.yanovitch@shangrilaok.com or call 918-257-4204 to sign up. The pro shop also just announced their new golf hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:30-6:00; Wed 8:00-4:00 (Course closed, but Pro Shop open); Fri-Sun 7-7.

GROVE HIGH SCHOOL BOYS GOLF TEAM REPORT

Broken Arrow, OK- Broken Arrow Invitational at Emerald Falls. The team scored a 371

Individual scores were, Tyler Busch- 82; Trae Fairchild- 86; Jared Perryman- 101; Patrick Lippitt- 102; Mike Boone- 115. Other team members are Spencer Londigan, Ben Tate, Matt Hensley and Tyler Leffel.

Other Boys News: Grove High school Sophomore TYLER BUSCH competed this past weekend in a Junior Golf Association two day event at The Bridges Course in Gunter, TX. He just barely missed being in the top ten. This was at a tough course and against some extremely tough and older opponents

JUNIOR CAMPS SCHEDULED

Just a brief note on my Junior Camps. I really emphasize that GOLF is meant to be FUN; that the kids get some self esteem out of the camp experience, and ultimately some knowledge. Call me at 918-257-4967 for details.

(Ages 7 to 15); 9am to Noon at Patricia Island Golf Club, Grove

June 6, 7, 8, and 9 at Grand Cherokee (Dam) , Langley – July 11, 12, 13, 14.

I just ordered some Junior Golf Sets (with a bag) that will sell for $150.

LOCAL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

APRIL 29: The date has been set for a golf tournament at Shangri-La benefiting the Local American Red Cross: Friday, April 29 - After-lunch tee off (probably around 1:00 or 1:30) - Michele Fraley Director - 918.256.6143

MAY 6: 18th Annual GROVE Rotary tournament is at Patricia Island Golf Club, Grove. Contact Richard Lippitt for information at 918-786-2366.

MAY 7: the 10th annual CGH Golf Tournament is May 7 at Patricia Island. It is a four person scramble with a 1:30 shotgun start.  Contact: Misty Bingham, Marketing at 918-256-7551 Ext. 396 or mbingham@craiggeneralhospital.com.

JUNE 11: Adair Chamber of Commerce Tournament – Grand Cherokee Golf Course, Langley, OK. Call Jay at 918-232-5237 or Donna at 918-232-1293

PLEASE let me know if you or someone you know is having a golf tournament so that I may list it in this report. Also, I donate a lot of lessons, etc to tournaments for fund raisers. Contact me.

NEW STARTER SETS - GOLF EQUIPMENT

Good equipment will speed up your development as a player, just as bad equipment will delay improvement. I have created a set of clubs that are from the Alpha Golf Company.

These are for men and ladies. You can grow the set as you develop but for now they are everything a new player needs. More full sets are also available. Finally you can get quality at reasonable pricing. They also include a $50 credit toward lessons. $350 no Bag; $400 with bag.

State of the Art ALPHA GOLF CLUBS; for Men and Ladies;

Driver; 5 Fairway Wood; 3 Hybrid; Irons 7, 8, 9, Wedge and Putter.

Call or email me and I’ll send you the info via email.

ARE YOU FRUSTRATED BY YOUR GAME?

If so, please read this…GRAND LAKE GOLF SCHOOL 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 percent 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. Go to www.fitchip.com. Naturally is of course best. We offer a fitting and swing lesson 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.

GOLF TIP of the WEEK

From a short chip to a full swing, if the entire ball lies below the top of the grass, you will need to make changes in your set-up and swing. You need to produce more of a steeper swing to get the ball up out of the grass. Two keys that help; first, place more weight on your lead leg at your set-up. Second, you will need to more actively and sharply hinge your wrists at the start of the backswing. Keep your weight on your left foot and attack with a steep downward swing. Don’t forget to grip a little tighter than usual too.

GOLF JOKE OF THE WEEK

ONLY GOLFERS WILL UNDERSTAND THE FOLLOWING: Don’t buy a putter until you’ve had a chance to throw it. Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your mind during your swing. When your shot has to carry over a water hazard, you can either hit one more club or two more balls. 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: you can immediately shank a lay-up or you can wait until the green is clear and top a ball halfway there. The less skilled the player, the more likely he is to share his ideas about the golf swing. No matter how bad you are playing, it is always possible to play worse. Everyone replaces his divot after a perfect approach shot. A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponents’ luck. It is surprisingly easy to hole a fifty foot putt .. for a 10. 

Nonchalant putts count the same as chalant putts. It’s not a gimme if you’re still away.  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. There are two kinds of bounces; unfair bounces and bounces just the way you meant to play it. You can hit a two acre fairway 10% of the time and a two inch branch 90% of the time. If you really want to get better at golf, go back and take it up at a much earlier age. 

Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three.   Every time a golfer makes a birdie, he must subsequently make two triple bogeys to restore the fundamental equilibrium of the universe. 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. 

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. Hazards attract; fairways repel. 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. A ball you can see in the rough from 50 yards away is not yours. 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.

It’s easier to get up at 6:00 AM to play golf than at 10:00 to mow the yard. A good drive on the 18th hole has stopped many a golfer from giving up the game. Golf is the perfect thing to do on Sunday because you always end up having to pray a lot.  A good golf partner is one who’s always slightly worse than you are…that’s why I get so many calls to play with friends.

That rake by the sand trap is there for golfers who feel guilty about skipping out on lawn work. If there’s a storm rolling in, you’ll be having the game of your life. Golf balls are like eggs. They’re white. They’re sold by the dozen. And you need to buy fresh ones each week.  

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. 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. If your opponent has trouble remembering whether he shot a six or a seven, he probably shot an eight (or worse).  You probably wouldn’t look good in a green jacket anyway! A sweatshirt will do just fine. 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 and eat hot dogs if you are performing brain surgery.

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove’s Patricia Island Golf Club. To inquire about lessons or equipment or to pass along any golf-related news, call Steve at 918-257-4967 or email him at stevepace.golf@yahoo.com. You can also visit his website at www.stevepace.net.