Paige Mackenzie on Tour

    September 5, 2009 Stan Utley 349 4 Comments
    Paige Mackenzie

    I often get a chance to visit with various PGA and LPGA tour stars while they are at tournament sites. Since we have a working relationship, I’m “on call” and can usually get to the site during the practice days leading up to the tournament.

    Most of the tour stars arrive at a tournament site on either Sunday night or Monday morning in order to have at least two if not three solid days of practice on the course prior to the start of competition play. In addition, they’re usually committed to playing in the Wednesday Pro-Ams that support local charities and golf programs.

    During the week prior to the LPGA’s Safeway Classic at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Oregon, Paige Mackenzie gave me a call and asked if I could take a look at some of her short game techniques and putting stroke. Since I was “on call”,  I shifted my schedule around and made plenty of time to spend some quality one-on-one time with her and her shot game. We were able to make some wonderful long-lasting improvements.

    Now, I’m not sure if it was just a coincidence or my instructional ability (I like to think of it as the latter), but Paige finished the tournament shooting a 66 on the final day. Her three-round total of 207 was good enough for a T-8 finish, which ties here career high best finish and netted her a great week’s pay for her performance.

    I know I have said it before, but it’s moments like these that are most meaningful for me and are really the reasons why I do what I do.

    By the way, Paige is quite the social media communicator, too. You can follow her exploits on and off the LPGA Tour on her Facebook and Twitter pages.

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    Glen Osborne October 1, 2009

    Hi Stan,
    Great post re Paige. I follow her on Twitter. I also follow @stephaniewei on Twitter who is a great friend to Paige. I am very high on the LPGA & ladies golf in general. Many of my golf students have been women who are retiring. I have twittered that we need to keep the LPGA alive and strong to provide great role models for our young girls. Too many young girls want to be movie or pop stars. But, just look at the negative role models many of these stars portray.

    Paige is fantastic as a great role model, as is so many of the LPGA stars and even the struggling players. They have to live clean lives just to compete at their level.

    I am pleased to learn a classy and top coach like you helping her with her game.

    Continued success,
    Glen

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    Eric G. October 26, 2009

    Paige is a great example of a small city professional making a big impact both on and off the golf course. With her help the first tee’s of Yakima and Seattle, Washington will reap the rewards of her amazing fundraiser tournament. You should ask Paige if you can play in her fundraiser tournament next year.

    Keep making putts and sandy pars,

    Eric Gravbrot

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      Stan Utley October 26, 2009

      Eric,

      Paige’s talent is an inspiration, and she’ll do well out on tour. I’ll see if I can get an invite to a future tournament fundraiser…it would be great to participate.

      Stan Utley

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    B. McLellan October 14, 2011

    Stan – I have your book, Art of Scoring. I saw how well Paige’s short game is going at 2011 Sime Darby Malaysia, including a beautiful chip that rolled, and wondered who her short game coach was. My wife, who also has some great chips, and I are amazed at Paige’s performance around the green.

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