Steve Pace

Pro Report

LPGA – Oakmont, PA – July 11. Paula Creamer won the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont Country Club on July 11. This was her first major championship.

PGA – Silvis, Ill – Steve Stricker won the John Deere Classic for the second straight year on Sunday, holding on for a two-shot victory after leading by seven strokes going into Sunday’s round. Stricker couldn’t match the shot making that allowed him to record the lowest 54-hole total in PGA Tour history. But he came through with a critical birdie after driving into the trees on number 17, the second straight day he put his ball there, and closed with a 1-under-par 70, just enough to beat Paul Goydos.

Junior Golf Camp

This is the last camp for the summer. These juniors (pictured) are learning about golf terms, rules and the golf swing. They even have to pass a test.

For Ladies Only

Saturday mornings at 10:00 for $10 the “10 at 10” group meets at Patricia Island Golf Club. Everyone from beginners to advanced golfers are welcomed.

Local Report

A hole in one was reported at Patricia Island Golf Club in Grove by Pat Flemming who aced the difficult number four a couple of weeks ago. The witnesses were Larry Ganner, Howard Ryser, Richard Hamm and Jerry Oler. Congratulations to Pat and now anyone who knows him can legitimately ask him to buy them a drink. That is the tradition Pat, sorry.

Golf Joke of the Week

Not golf but worthy of inclusion:

A man walked into the produce section of his local supermarket and asked to buy half a head of lettuce. The boy working in that department told him that they only sold whole heads of lettuce. The man was insistent that the boy ask his manager about the matter.

Walking into back room, the boy said to the manager, “Some jerk wants to buy half a head of lettuce.”

As he finished his sentence, he turned to find the man standing right behind him, so he added, “And this gentleman kindly offered to buy the other half.”

The manager approved the deal, and the man went on his way.

Later the manager said to the boy, “I was impressed with the way you got yourself out of that situation earlier. We like people who think their feet here. Where are you from, son?”

“Texas, sir,” the boy replied.

“Well, why did you leave Texas?” the manager asked.

The boy said, “Sir, there’s nothing but cheap women and football players down there.”

“Really?” the manager said. “My wife is from Texas.”

“No kidding?” replied the boy. “Who’d she play for.”

Maybe it is the clubs!! (partly, anyway)

Grand Lake Golf School at Patricia Island 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 club face 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 or Gregg Compton at 515-333-9977.

Golf tip of the week

For a deal on the best training aids go to and scroll down to “Golf Around the World” logo and click on it.

Now this week’s question:

“Whenever I stand over a putt I lose confidence and then I am really in trouble. What can I do to become more relaxed?”

Answer: “Well, believe it or not, start practicing with your eyes closed. You will soon learn to trust the stroke and not depend on your eyes so much.”

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