Steve Pace


The Patricia Island Ladies Golf Association (PILGA) is having a big event, they call it PUTTING ON THE RITZ: For info contact Ginny Hollowell at 918-787-9006. They have scheduled registration on September 9 at 8 am and a shotgun start at 9 am. $50 includes green fee, cart, tee prize, continental breakfast and lunch afterward. Ladies if you golf, you don’t want to miss this one.


If so, please read this…GRAND LAKE GOLF SCHOOL 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% 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. 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.


1. Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk. Grantland Rice

2. Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. John Updike

3. It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place the world is when one is playing golf. Robert Lynd

4. If profanity had any influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is. Horace G. Hutchinson

5. They say golf is like life, but don’t believe them. Golf is more complicated than that. Gardner Dickinson

6. If a lot of people gripped a knife and fork as poorly as they do a golf club, they’d starve to death. Sam Snead

7. Golf is a day spent in a round of strenuous idleness. William Wordsworth

8. If you drink, don’t drive. Don’t even putt.  Dean Martin

9. If you are going to throw a club, it is important to throw it ahead of you, down the fairway, so you don’t have to waste energy going back to pick it up. Tommy Bolt

10. Man blames fate for all other accidents, but feels personally responsible when he makes a hole-in-one. Bishop Sheen

11. I don’t say my golf game is bad, but if I grew tomatoes, they’d come up sliced. Arnold Palmer

12. My handicap? Woods and irons. Chris Codiroli


Randy Warren, Patricia Island Golf Shop Manager reports: Patricia Island Ladies Golf Association (aka PILGA) results from last weeks play: A Flight- Low Gross - Marilyn O’Grady. W/82; Play of Day - Lynn Stewart. W/30; Low Net- tie-Ileta Bray & Suzanne Knott. W/71; Low Putts - Peggy Blair. W/34. B Flight- Low Gross - Ilene Goben. W/99; Play of Day - Jean Buckles. W/39; Low Net - Peach Fowler. W/79; Low Putts - tie - Donna Killion. & Ann Palmer. W/37. C Flight- Low Gross - Dana Thomas. W/101; Play of Day - Kyla Williams. W/36; Low Net - Mary Kay Wyley. W/89; Low Putts - Lynne McQuary. W/35. Birdies: Lynne McQuary on 2, Ileta Bray on 3 & 4, Marilyn O’Grady. on 4, Ilene Goben. on 8, Shirley Daggett. On 16; Chip-ins: Ileta Bray on 14 (out of sand), Marilyn O’Grady on 16.; Closest to Pin: Marilyn O’Grady. on 4 & 11, Lynn Stewart on 7 & 16; Longest Drive.: Ileta Bray. on 3, Suzanne Knott. On 8.

The Gary Dunham Memorial Golf Tournament hosted by Patricia Island Estates and Golf Club on Saturday, August 28, was a huge success.  The field doubled in size from 2009 as 17 four-person teams competed in a scramble format.  Proceeds from the annual tournament support the local Gary Dunham Scholarship Fund. 

Golfers arrived around noon to be served a great BBQ dinner donated by First National Bank of Grove and prepared by The Real Estate Magazine’s Marty Follis.  A special thanks to all the hole sponsors and volunteers who helped make this local charity successful. 

A big thank you also goes to Mark Morris and his crew for all the preparation and fundraising efforts for this year’s tournament. Awards were presented following the tournament. Closest to Pin, Men and Women won by Richard Ball; Long Drive Men won by Clayton Shumaker; Long Drive Women won by Angela Dougherty; Fifth Place team winners Marty Follis, Mark Morris, Shelby Morris and Bruce Johnson with a score of 60 won four rounds of golf from Eagle Creek Golf Club and Downstream Casino; Fourth Place team winners Bill Edwards, Ron Tipton, Rodney Dillinger and Reagan Dillinger with a score of 59 won four rounds of golf from Eagle Creek Golf Club and Downstream Casino; Third Place team winners Charlie Apperson, Todd Kolczun, and Jeff Thompson with a score of 58 won four rounds of golf from Patricia Island Estates and Golf Club; Second Place team winners Harvey Wright, Bill Bray, Frank Shaffer and Al Bible with a score of 57 won four rounds of golf from Shangri La Golf Club; The First Place team winners John Adams, Jim Adams, Steve Adams and Clayton Shumaker with a round of 55 won four rounds of golf from Patricia Island Estates and Golf Club.

Randy also reports that Ilene Goben almost carded an Eagle on the same hole that her husband did a few days before. Just the idea of it is newsworthy. If it does happen it will be a headline.

Shangri-La Golf Club, Monkey Island hosted the Mary Moore Golf Tournament this past weekend benefiting THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS.. Jack Moore reports these results: First Place: Andrew Locke, Dick Locke, Bill Lattle, Brent Sharp - Second Place:Kenny Cole, Sheridan Trimble, D. Feeback , Chris Winton - Third Place: Jason Benson, Jerry Kenny, Roger Cook, Eldon Mercer - Fourth Place: David Moore, Kacey Threet, Josh McFarland , Nan Bertone; Closest to the Line—John Dosser; Closest to the Pin—Andy Locke; Longest Putt Made—Nan Bertone; Longest Drive-Kacey Threet; Overall——SPECIAL OLYMPICS.

Personally, I can report that the tournament was very well organized and the food was good (provided by Anna Banana’s) and that the Shangri-La staff did a good job.


When setting up to your golf ball you want the feeling that your lead ear (the one that is closest to the target) is actually behind the ball. In other words, get your weight back and keep it back. The momentum of the clubhead will automatically transfer your weight as needed.


- The annual Grove Rotary Golf Tournament date has been changed. There are still some openings. For more information, call Richard Lippitt at 918.801.3085. They also are seeking more sponsors. The date and time is Friday September 17, 11:30 lunch and shotgun start tee time at 1 pm. Lots and lots of prizes.

- BORDER TOWN CASINO GOLF TOURNAMENT, September 18 at Patricia Island.

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove's Patricia Island Golf Club. He can be reached at