Steve Pace


RYDER CUP RESULTS: Well, the Euros have reclaimed the Ryder Cup. The contest had the U.S. making a strong move on the last day (Monday). The thriller went down to the final singles match.


My TOP 3 Swing Errors and how to fix them:

1) Back leg going straight at the top of the back swing. The simple fix is to keep it flexed.    2) Lead arm bending during the back swing. The simple fix is to keep it straight. 3) Head motion or sliding. The simple fix is to get your lead ear behind the ball and keep it there during the backswing.



Coming October 28, Boos & Ghouls Tournament benefiting the Susan G. Komen Cancer Charity. Contact Lynn Stewart at Patricia Island Golf Club – 918-786-3338.

(A special thanks to Randy Warren, Director of Golf at Patricia island for these reports) Patricia Island Ladies Golf Association (PILGA) Results from last outing:

A flight: Low Gross-Marilyn O’Grady, Low Net-Lynn Stewart tied w/Suzanne Knott , Low Putts-Ileta Bray, Play of the Day-Peggy Blair. B Flight: Low Gross-Donna Killion, Low Net-Jean Buckels, Low Putts-Pat Richwine, Play of the Day-Ilene Goben. C Flight: Low Gross-Dana Thomas, Low Net-Kyla Williams, Low Putts-Bev Myers, Play of the Day-Judy Kemper, Lynn Stewart posted the only birdie today.  No chip ins were made. Closest to Pin #11-Kyla Williams, Closest to Pin #7-Suzanne Knott, Closest to Pin #16-Bev Myers, Closest to Pin #2-Jean Buckels  (closest to pin after second shot), Longest Drive #8-Peggy Blair, Longest Drive #18-Suzanne Knott, Longest Putt #15-Lynn Stewart.


The Sixth Annual Blackjack Charity Tournament hosted by The Grand Lake Casino and Patricia Island Estates and Golf Club was held on Sunday, October 3.

This tournament boasts of prize opportunities in excess of $100,000. Randy Warren, Patricia Island Director of Golf, states that this was one of the most successful charity tournaments in the greater Grand Lake area. The annual tournament has donated over $80,000 to local charities.  A full field of loyal players enjoyed great weather and conditions for this year’s event. A continental breakfast was served before the tournament and during warm up sessions. The shotgun start commenced at 10 a.m. playing a four person scramble format.

There were two teams of four on each hole. The team captains exchanged official scorecards on the first tee and each kept the others score during the tournament. Lunch was served on the course during play.

The tournament concluded with the famous Blackjack card game and award presentation at The Grand Lake Casino. Randy wants to acknowledge the many volunteers and a very special thanks go to the hole sponsors. Another special thanks goes to Vance Ford (Miami) for sponsoring the hole in one contests for two new Ford vehicles. The local charities benefitting are the Turkey Ford School, Grove Y.M.C.A and GEFFE (Grove Educational Foundation for Excellence).

Sponsors and donations: Precision Machine & Mfg, Allen Sign, Thompson & Davis, Best Western TimberRidge, Community State Bank, Bank of Oklahoma, KGVE Radio, Joplin Globe, Grove Sun, KITO Radio, Stonebrook Inn, JR Spankys, Bella Bango, Inc., ShuffleMaster, Grisby’s Carpet & Tile, Mutual Assurance, Bomford, Couch & Wilson, Zimmer Radio Group, 4 States Office Supply, American Media Investments, OK Disposal.

Tournament Sponsors: Rocket Gaming, VGT, Nova



 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. Go to 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.


A very old golfer lay dying in his bed. In death’s doorway, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookie wafting up the stairs. He gathered his remaining strength and lifted himself from the bed.

Leaning against the wall, he slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and with even greater effort forced himself down the stairs, gripping the railing with both hands. With labored breath, he leaned against the door frame, gazing into the kitchen. Were it not for death’s agony, he would have thought himself already in heaven.

There all spread out on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of heroic love from his devoted wife, seeing to it that he left this world a happy man? Mustering one great final effort, he threw himself toward the table. The aged and withered hand, shaking, made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when he was suddenly smacked with a spatula by his wife.

“Stay out of those,” she said. “They’re for the funeral.”

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove's Patricia Island Golf Club. You can reach him at any time with golf news at or at 918-257-4967.