Steve Pace

CONGRATULATIONS CHAMPS!

Grove boys golf at the Verdigris Valley Conference Tournament

Reported by boys’ coach Jason Geer. Thursday, April 7- Pryor Creek Golf Club. Results: The Grove Boys are taking charge. This talented group of young men is getting better with each tournament, winning on Friday with a team score of 332. Wagoner finished in second with a score of 332, followed by Miami (364), Locust Grove (367) and Jay (395). Trae Fairchild finished first for Grove with a score of 77, followed closely by fellow Ridgerunner Tyler Busch, who finished with a 78. Other scores for Grove were; Patrick Lippitt- 86, Ben Tate- 91, Mike Boone- 94.

CONGRATS to the Grove girls too

Reported by girls’ coach Mandy Jones. These gals are just waking up to their potential. Jo-Lynne Fairchild finished fifth at the Conference and ninth at Nowata last Tuesday. Overall, the girls team finished third in Conference with a team score of 465. The girls team members are Jo-Lynne Fairchild, Gabi Fields, Hannah Pagels, Kaitlun Smith, Jessi Walker and Chaise Cook.

JUNIOR CAMPS SCHEDULED

Call Steve at 918-257-4967 for details (Ages 7 to 15); 9am to noon at Patricia Island Golf Club, Grove – June 6, 7, 8, and 9at Grand Cherokee (Dam) , Langley – July 11, 12, 13, 14

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

THE MASTERS

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP)—

Charl Schwartzel gave this Masters a finish it deserved.

On an amazing Sunday at Augusta National, where the roars came from everywhere and for everyone and didn’t stop until it was over, Schwartzel emerged from the madness by becoming the first Masters champion to close with four straight birdies.

SHANGRI-LA

New Head Golf Pro at Shangri-La Country Club, Rob Yanovitch just announced a Short Game Clinic for Friday April 15; 5 to 6:30 pm. Contact Rob at rob.yanovitch@shangrilaok.com or call 918-257-4204 to sign up.

PATRICIA ISLAND Golf Club & Estates

Andy Stewart says they are now offering memberships. Contact Andy or Randy at 918-786-3338. The Course is looking great.

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.

LOCAL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

-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

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

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

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.

Notable

“Peaches” Fowler scored her second eagle of the year on Patricia Island’s 18th hole. Peaches is an avid golfer since moving to the Grand Lake area from Las Vegas after retiring. Fowler previously eagled the first hole. The eagle was witnessed by her husband. Ed. Congrats Peaches!

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% of all golfers are playing with the wrong shaft frequency. Simplified, this just means you either get the club face 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

Tempo is one of the first things that we lose when we take time off from our golf game. Tempo is a big cause of “Fat” and “Thin” shots. It is a case of not trusting the most basic fundamentals. Concentrate on these three things during your practice sessions: (1) Lead Arm straight during the backswing and return to ball; (2) Keep you head from moving very much, if at all; and (3) As you take your club head back, count some cadence like one, two, three. (1 is when you begin your backswing, two is at the top of your backswing and three is the return to strike the ball.)

“Tempo is the glue that holds your swing together” - Nick Faldo, three-time Masters champion

GOLF JOKE OF THE WEEK

A woman is sitting at the 19th Tee with her husband and she says, “I love you.”

 He asks, “Is that you or the wine talking?”

She replies, “It’s me…. talking to the wine.”

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove’s Patricia Island Golf Club. For information on lessons and equipment, or to pass on any golf-related news, contact Steve at 918-267-4967 or by email at stevepace.golf@yahoo.com. Visit his website at www.stevepace.net.