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Westbury Golf Club Impressive

Norris M. Hart Published: April 5, 1985

A recent visit to Westbury Country Club, south of Interstate 40 on Morgan Road, was a pleasant surprise.

I found a beautiful new building which houses the pre shop, locker rooms, dining facilities and a swimming pool. It was a stark contrast to the old converted mobile home that served as the clubhouse for several years.

The "Old Shack," as it's called by Westbury members, was being torn down the day I visited.

I arrived just in time for a free breakfast with Jim Mallory, club manager; Bill Fields, who built the new clubhouse, and Don Maddox, head golf pro.

All three were still talking about the grand opening several days before. Jim said, "I was happy to see so many people come out nd was so busy shaking hands, I didn't get to eat any of the hors d'oeuvres."

Don't feel sorry for Jim. After watching him chow down at breakfast, I suspect he found a way to get his share.

After breakfast, 14 members of the Westbury Women's Golf Association arrived, ready for the monthly instructional golf clinic conducted by Maddox.

Don grabbed his clubs and hustled out to the practice green.

"These gals are serious about their golf," he said.

At the instructional clinic, Don put on an excellent show with tips on chipping and putting. At one point, to emphasize the firm stroke required to execute the chip shot, Don stepped on the golf ball, pushing it into the soft ground until it was more than half buried, then proceeded to chip the ball to within inches of the cup.

After the lesson, the women loaded their clubs on carts, ready to play their weekly Wednesday morning round.

There are actually two groups of women that play at Westbury Country Club: The morning group, whose president is Marion Eckel, and the evening group for business and professional women, whose president is Betty Orrell.

Before playing their weekly round, I managed to talk to Pat Burleson, sports chairman for the morning group. In addition to the Westbury Women's Golf Association, she serves as president of the 18-hole Lake Hefner Women's Golf Association.

Pat said, "I normally play golf four or five times a week." I asked Pat how her game was coming around. With a wide grin and a twinkle in her eye, she replied, "I'm a 22 handicapper."

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