Steve Pace

LOCAL GOLF REPORT 

SHANGRI-LA ANNOUNCEMENT

Jason Sheffield has announced that their new head pro is Rob Yanovitch.

I will have a full report on him and his family in the near future.

GOLF CLASSES SCHEDULED

 (Men & Women)

April 5, 12, 19 (Northeast Career Tech) at Patricia Island Golf Course (Teaching Room). For information or to enroll contact NE Tech Center, Wanda Jackson at 918-257-8324.

PATRICIA ISLAND LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION

Mary Kay Wiley says that the Ladies Golf Club will be having their organizational meeting for the 2011 season on Thursday March 31 at 10 in the Clubhouse.  All new and old members are invited to attend.

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 fundraisers. 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) - $400 per team Corporate sponsor is $500 and includes a team of four plus a hole sponsorship - Hole sponsor without team is $200 Following the tournament, prizes will be awarded at the Road Hog Saloon …. After party fundraiser there until …????

We are trying to get a registration form online, but until then, just email or call me to register or be a sponsor. Be a HERO, Support your local RED CROSS! - Michele Fraley Director -  918-256-6143

-18th Annual GROVE Rotary  tournament is coming up Friday May 6 at Patricia Island Golf Club, Grove. Details to follow. This tournament really does enable the Grove Rotary group to do a lot of good things. Contact Richard Lippitt for information at 918-786-2366.

-PATRICIA ISLAND Golf Club & Estates: Andy Stewart says that Patricia Island is ready and waiting for Springtime and players. I played there last week and the course in amazingly good shape. Wish my game was. They also are now offering memberships. Contact Andy or Randy at 918-786-3338.

-SHANGRI-LA GOLF CLUB: Jason Sheffield, General Manager of Shangri-La Golf & Country Club says that they will soon start having an initiation fee. Right now, Memberships are still available without an initiation fee.  Contact 918-257-4204

GROVE HIGH SCHOOL GOLF REPORT

Two local businesses have donated funds for extra instruction for the Grove High School Golf Team with Gregg Compton and myself.  We really tried to give them a good dose of the basics. Obviously, it will be up to the team members to practice what they have learned. Gregg and I both are very impressed with these kids. Thanks again to Becky Fields with First National Bank of Grove and Karen Kyman with Precision Communications-Grove. As a golf instructor and former coach at NEO (Miami) I want to share with my readers that the future for Grove High School Golf is extremely bright. We have the best nucleus and talent of any program in the state. I won’t apologize for putting the pressure on Coach Geer and Jones and the players; these coaches and kids are good!

The Grove boys played in their first tournament of 2011 at Cherry Hills in Tahlequah last Monday. Even though the team finished only one spot out of “the money” (fourth) they were in very stiff competition, including some higher class schools. Tyler Busch shot a 77 (tied for overall third), Trae Fairchild 87, Patrick Lippitt 89, Jared Perryman 98 and Mike Boone 104.

PRO REPORT

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Nick Watney wound up in another duel at Doral, this one with a much sweeter ending. Watney poured in two key putts for par along the back nine of the Blue Monster on Sunday, then hit two fearless shots on the 18th and finished with a birdie for and a 5-under 67 to win the Cadillac Championship by two shots over Dustin Johnson. It was the third victory of Watney’s career, and by far the biggest.

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 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

Please ladies, don’t try to play with men’s clubs. The “Flex” is extremely different and actually will hurt your game and swing development. I give the same advice to seniors. They should pay a lot of attention to the flex that they are swinging. Otherwise, your tip of the week is to just get to the driving range as fast as you can and start hitting balls.

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 include a $50 credit toward lessons.

$350 no Bag; $400 with Bag.

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

GOLF JOKE OF THE WEEK

From my friend Dick McQuary over at Patricia Island, Grove, OK

Dick got separated from his grandson recently at the supermarket.

The grandson did the right thing and approached a uniformed security guard and said, “I’ve lost my grandpa!”

“The guard asked, “What’s he like?”

The little tyke hesitated for a moment and then replied,

“Well he really likes to golf and he likes Jack Daniels and women with great figures.”

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove’s Patricia Island Golf Club. For information on lessons or equipment, or to relate any golf news, contact Steve at 918-257-4967 or at stevepace.golf@yahoo.com. Visit his website at www.stevepace.net.