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Officials break ground on Lincoln Park clubhouse

John Pettis, Mick Cornett, James Reid
From left to right - City Councilman John Pettis, Mayor Mick Cornett, and Golf Commissioner James Reid introduce the project.

Lincoln Park Golf Course in Oklahoma City will finally have a clubhouse to match the quality of its two courses, regarded as among the best public courses in the state.

Groundbreaking took place earlier this week on a new 27,000-square foot clubhouse that will replace the crumbling edifice that opened in 1961.

“This clubhouse was old when I got here in 1990,” said Steve Carson, director of golf. “It’s well past its prime. All the mechanical parts, if they haven’t failed already, are on the verge of failure.”

The new clubhouse is being built with $7.5 million in golf revenue bond sales and $2.5 million from a city general obligation bond earmarked for the clubhouse.

Lincol Park club house
Artist's rendering of future clubhouse.

The old clubhouse will be razed beginning next week as the staff moves into a trailor which will serve as the pro shop for the next 14 months or so. The current cart barn is also being demolished and the new one will be built underneath the new clubhouse, freeing up space and providing a tornado shelter in the process. The course will be leasing gas carts until the new cart barn is complete.

Read the full story at Golf Oklahoma here.

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Hall of Fame lineup graces Women Teaching Women fundraiser

Betsy Cullen
Betsy Cullen starts all lessons with instruction on the proper grip.

By Ken MacLeod

The 46 participants in the Women Teaching Women program at Stillwater Country Club Monday may not have realized just how fortunate they were.

The Women's Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame brought out a hall worthy teaching lineup for its annual fund raiser, including flying in from Houston two of the nation's preeminent teachers, Betsy Cullen and Deb Vangellow, to work with an all-star lineup of Oklahoma instructors.

Cullen, a Tulsa native, University of Oklahoma graduate and three-time winner on the LPGA Tour, has distilled the homespun imagery of Harvey Penick and the scientific approach of long-ball specialist Mike Austin and combined those lessons with the joy she finds in helping others master the game she loves. She teaches at Pine Forest Country Club in Houston but frequently travels to share her knowledge.

Read the full story at Golf Oklahoma here.

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Big week for Oklahoma collegiate teams

OSU lady golf
For the first time since 2009, Oklahoma State's women's golf team emerged victorious at the Big 12 Championship, posting a two-shot victory on Sunday at The Harvester Golf Club.

Congratulations to the Oklahoma State women’s golf team for winning the Big 12 Championship this week. The Cowgirls braved below freezing temperatures in Iowa, had four of the top 10 and won the conference for the first time since 2009. Read more...

The field for the NCAA Regional to be hosted by the University of Oklahoma at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club May 9-11 will be announced on Monday.

Also kudos to the Oklahoma City University men’s and women’s teams for winning the Sooner Athletic Conference championships at Dornick Hills in Ardmore. The University of Central Oklahoma men and women won the weather-shortened Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association championships. Read more...

Oklahoma State rallied but could not overtake Texas in the weather-shortened Big 12 Championship at Prairie Dunes in Hutchinson, Kan. The Sooners finshed third after a strong closing round. Read more... Tulsa, meanwhile, suffered from severe inconsistency in a sixth-place finish in the Conference USA Championship at Texarkana Country Club. TU’s top player, Chris Worrell, saw his scores range from 83 to 68, while Colton Staggs went from 81 to 70. Read more...

For complete college golf coverage in Oklahoma, visit www.golfoklahoma.org.

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Bo Van Pelt to be a guest on the radio hour

Bo Van Pelt Golf Oklahoma Radio Hour
Bo Van Pelt joins Ken MacLeod for this Saturday's Radio Hour

PGA Tour star and Tulsa resident Bo Van Pelt will be a guest on the Swing Fit Golf Oklahoma Hour Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on The Sports Animal, 97.1 FM and 1550 AM. Callers are welcome at 918-460-5925.

Van Pelt was elected this winter to the PGA Tour Advisory Council, so in addition to playing golf he is dealing with issues such as the anchored putter controversy, slow play and other tour hot buttons.

Also Saturday, Tom Wolff, director of golf for the Billy Casper run City of Tulsa courses at Page Belcher and Mohawk Park, will give us an update on events and conditions at both those facilities.

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Pro-Am spots available for OK Kids Korral Championship on Adams Tour

OK Kids KorralThose who wish to witness up close the incredible power and accuracy of today’s young up-and-coming professionals and support a wonderful cause in the process can snag a spot in the Pro-Am for the OK Kids Korral Championship, an event on the Adams Pro Golf Tour June 17-22 at Belmar Golf Club in Norman.

The Pro-Am for the event will be held June 18 with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Cost is $833 per individual and $2,500 per team. Proceeds will go to benefit the Kids Korral, a home for cancer patients and their families being built by the Toby Keith Foundation. Keith is the owner of Belmar Golf Club.

The Kids Korral is under construction near the University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital which treats pediatric cancer patients. The grand opening is planned for the fall of 2013.

For more information on the tournament or the Kids Korral or to enter, go to the Facebook event at  https://www.facebook.com/events/153254024840462/ ,  call or email Marian Cooper at 405-217-8629 or mcooper@tobykeithfoundation.org or go to  https://www.tobykeithfoundation.org/

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Golf Notes: New positions for Claborn, Grubb

Derek Claborn has been named the new head PGA professional at Shawnee Golf & Country Club. Claborn was formerly as assistant Kickingbird Golf Course in Edmond.

Cimarron Grubb has been hired as tournament director for the PGA South Central Section. Grubb was formerly the director of golf at Willow Creek Golf & Country Club in south Oklahoma City.

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Playing August National with Moe Norman

Todd Graves and Moe Norman
Todd Graves and Moe Norman

Editor's Note: The following story was in the weekly newsletter produced by Tim and Todd Graves of the Graves Golf Adademy in Edmond. We thought you might find it of interest.

By Todd Graves

If you are just beginning to play golf you might view the game as a sport or recreation. This is where most golfers start the game and sometimes leave it, unaffected by its allure.

If you play golf long enough it can awaken something inside and you eventually realize that golf can be, and usually is, a spiritual experience. In March 1997 I encountered one of these spiritual experiences playing the greatest golf venue on the planet, Augusta National Golf Club, with the greatest ballstriker in the world, Moe Norman.

That year, Dave Spencer held the head professional position at Augusta National. A long time fan of Moe’s, Dave fondness for Moe grew out of his many visits to Augusta over the years as well as the legend Moe had become. Dave offered Moe an open invitation to play at Augusta anytime he wished.

Read the whole story at MoeNormanGolf.com

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