Demo Day, free lessons will provide unique weekend

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

There are not many things better in the game of golf than saving strokes.

That is unless you're saving strokes and dollars in one swoop.

Area golfers will be able to hit the rare daily double this weekend at Arena Park Golf in Cape Girardeau.

The business will host its annual Demo Day on Saturday, which will be followed up Sunday by free 10-minute lessons by Perryville Country Club PGA professional David Pearce.

Demo Day provides a unique opportunity for golfers who might be in the market for a new set of clubs, wedge, hybrid or driver. It can also tantalize a golfer who previously was not in the market for a new set of clubs, wedge, hybrid or driver.

The setting allows golfers to meet directly with representatives from some of the most recognizable companies in club manufacturing with the latest products. Golfers can give the clubs a test drive with free range balls provided by Arena Golf.

The Demo Day hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pearce, the first club professional in the 80-year history of the nine-hole Perryville Country Club, will conduct his free 10-minute lessons from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Anyone interested in booking a 10-minute lesson can give him a call at (573) 547-8036.

"I'm going to try to accommodate everybody that calls," Pearce said.

Pearce, who played two years of collegiate golf at the University of Miami, has been a PGA Professional for nine years.

His 10-minute lessons are part of the nationwide PGA Free Lesson Month.

"Almost 10 years ago, the PGA Professionals were trying to bring new growth to the game, and this what they came up with," Pearce said. "I'm proud to say I was one of the first to become involved."

Pearce is one of only 150 PGA Professionals nationwide to be involved in the program in all 10 years of the promotion.

He became involved in the program in his first year as professional at Boone Valley, and stayed with the program when he moved to Moberly Country Club two years ago.

Pearce said the 10-minute lesson allows the golfer to become acquainted with the professional and his teaching methods and philosophies.

"It's a great opportunity to converse and for a person to see if they would like to take a lesson before I take money from them," Pearce said.

The 10 minutes can be productive, but golfers shouldn't expect dramatic changes in their game.

"You can establish the fault -- you can't always fix it," he said

Pearce said most professionals can get a feel for a person's swing faults in a matter of minutes.

"You'll analyze where some of their swing faults are and give them some goals to work toward," Pearce said. "Most amateurs don't know how to analyze their ball flight."

Golfers are likely to get a quick education on swing plane, club face positioning, grip or a tip on their setup, which Pearce said is the most common flaw he sees.

"If you can teach them to align themselves properly, other things will fall in place," Pearce said. "There are other little things, but I've never had an amateur come to me that had great alignment."

Former Cape Girardeau Country Club professional David Cantrell is also participating in the 10-minute lesson promotion.

Cantrell does not have a particular block of time set aside, but will book lessons individually. Those interested should contact him at 270-5525.

Cantrell will also conduct a free women's clinic June 9 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. He said instruction will be specific for women.

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