Steve Pace

If you have any information or news about golf please let me know at 918-257-4967 or email me at 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


I think a sign of a good teacher is when the teacher admits to not knowing when in fact he/she doesn’t know the answer. I just went through a bad episode of the SHANKS. This is when you swing toward the target but the ball shoots out away from you. It feels as if you toed the ball but you know that you didn’t. The real cause of a shank is when the hosel (where the club head and shaft come together) hits the ball instead of the flat face of the club. There are as many suggested cures as there are golfers. Yesterday I had them so bad that every other shot was a shank. Today at the driving range and after playing a few holes, I only shanked a few times. Some friends of mine and I concluded that I was sliding forward just a tiny bit causing the shank to occur. One thing that I do tell players that have the shanks is that the shanks will subside over time. I have never seen a case where they didn’t.

BIG LOCAL TOURNAMENT                                                                      Deadline to register is Friday, Oct 2nd, 5 pm.                                                           Mark your calendar October 11th, 10 am shotgun startPatricia Island Golf Club is co-hosting once again the largest local tournament of the year, along with the GRAND LAKE CASINO. Over $100,000.00 in prize opportunities. The golf tournament is followed by a BlackJack tournament at the casino, one hour after conclusion of golf tournament.  For full information go to  The fund raiser helps the following groups: YMCA, CASA, DCCSAN and the Turkey Ford School.

PRO REPORT                                                                                                 Steve Stricker squeezed everything he could out of his final shot Sunday in the Deutsche Bank Championship, setting up an eagle that gave him a share of the lead in a tournament loaded with possibilities. Stricker, who can overtake Tiger Woods atop the FedExCup standings with a victory, hit his hybrid to 5 feet on the par-5 18th for a 6-under 65. He was among a dozen players separated by three shots going into the Labor Day finish at TPC Boston.

ATTENTION LADIES - $10 at 10:00                                                                   

This is getting close to the end, so try to make it.

Patricia Island Golf Club and I are still offering a regular one hour Saturday morning Ladies Golf Clinic. We will meet each Saturday morning at 10 AM at the Patricia Island Driving Range. Anyone can come from beginners to experienced lady players. We will do golf swing analysis and spot checks on the range and also offer group instruction on various facets of the game. The only charge will be $10 per Saturday. Bring a friend along. We also have loaner clubs if you need them.  I guarantee that this will be fun and informative.

Please spread the word and bring a friend next Saturday. (Weather sensitive)

GOLF JOKE of the WEEK                                                                                   For months the archaeologists had been tolling deep in the Amazon jungle, clearing creepers and rampant, choking undergrowth from the faint traces of a Lost City. Their excitement mounted as the City’s extraordinary purpose became evident. Broad, winding avenues of giant flagstones had deep, narrow, perfectly circular holes every few hundred yards. It had to be …. a golf course! Any doubt was dispelled by the discovery of stone panels depicting human figures using primitive prototypes of irons or putters.

Next step was to interrogate local Indian tribesmen about traditions associated with the prehistoric golf club. And yes, the tribes did have legends of Old Ones who followed a daily ritual with the clubs and balls, until routed by tragedy. Watching a particularly wrinkled, aged elder chattering to the interpreter, a Professor murmured wistfully. "If only we knew why they gave up golf, making it vanish for centuries before rediscovery."

The interpreter nodded eagerly and relayed the query. The elder, surprised, made a sweeping gesture at the jungle, and replied tersely. "Simple," was the translation, "they couldn`t afford the green fees."


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