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Roy  Pace

Roy Pace is currently the co-owner and PGA head professional at Alpine Target Golf Center in Longview, Texas. He was elected to PGA Membership in 1967. Before his time as a head professional, Pace played on the PGA TOUR for more than ten years throughout the 60s and 70s. He competed in a total of 178 PGA Tour events where he made 163 cuts and recorded 15 top-10 finishes. In 1971, he won the Magnolia Classic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He spent a good portion of his career at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien, Connecticut. In 2014, Pace was elected into the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in the category of “Distinguished Golf Achievement.”

Roy and his wife, Sandy, have two children, son Justin (40) and daughter Sari (35). Below are a few additional things that you may not have known about Roy.

What do you love about the golf business? I am doing something I love to do, and I am helping people get enjoyment out of this great game of golf.  I never get tired of going to work and don't look at it like I am going to work.  I'm just doing my thing.

Who got you started in the game? My dad had played and had a set of clubs.  I started caddying at a 9-hole course in Kenedy, Texas.

Did you play college golf? I played golf at Louisiana Tech from 1959-1963.

What is your most memorable moment in golf? Winning a PGA TOUR event, the Magnolia Classic, has been my most memorable event. 

Where is your favorite golf destination that you have played? The Monterey Peninsula at Pebble Beach and Cypress Point is my favorite place. 

Who makes your dream golf foursome? Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Ernie Els and Jordan Spieth.

Have you played golf with anyone famous? Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Gary Player, Johnny Miller, Andy Williams and Glenn Campbell.

What is a course that you wish you could play but have yet to have an opportunity to do so? Augusta National.

What is something interesting about yourself that other members may not know about you? I have a degree in mechanical engineering. 

What are some of your hobbies? Fishing and hunting.

What is your favorite type of music? Country & Western and Pop Music from the 50's and 60's.

What is the best golf book that you would recommend? Ben Hogan's Five Lessons - The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.

What is your go-to karaoke song?  For the Good Times- Ray Price.