Local golfer readies for 2013 golf season

Sprague gets back to work
By: Staff Report
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Local Pasquale “Pete” Sprague has been hard at work readying his golf game for the 2013 season. Sprague qualified for the Golf Channels AM Tour National tournament in Florida last year and plans taking his game up to the next level.

Sprague said he’s been practicing his trade rain or shine. He said playing in the inclement weather helps him to work on different shots depending on the conditions. A big part of that conditioning has centered on putting.

“I am focusing on my putting this upcoming season,” Sprague wrote to the News Messenger. “Along with my putting I have been working a lot on my approach shots trying to always be in scoring position.”

Sprague has also invested in his equipment buying a putter from custom fitter Kevin Burns. Burns builds clubs for golfers depending on each golfers personal mechanics. Sprague said Burns made the putter used by Masters Champion Jose Maria Olazabal.

Sprague plays the Championship Division of the AM Tour’s Sacramento/Stockton Tour. He placed fourth on the tour last year and was honored as the most improved player last season. This year he again looks forward to playing at Nationals, which will be held on the PGA West courses in Palm Springs.

“I feel as this is going to be a good season,” Sprague said. “I am confident as I know I will qualify again for Nationals.”

Sprague will begin his 2013 season playing in the Kickoff Classic of the Sac/Stockton Tour on the Reserve At Spanos Park Golf Course Jan. 27.

Sprague said he also planned to enter the San Francisco Championship, the oldest consecutively played competition in the world. Known as “The City,” the tournament is open to 230 qualifiers and has included such greats as Ken Venturi, Johnny Miller, George Archer and Bob Rosburg.

Potential sponsors and well-wishers can reach Sprague via e-mail at