When golfing on any of the courses in the Laurel Highlands, it helps to have custom-made clubs that fit to a T.
Frank and Judy Treece of the Elton area have custom clubs made by Joe Corsi of Corsi’s Indoor Golf in Greensburg, and the added specialization has made a difference in their game.
“I knew you could get custom clubs at Corsi’s, but you can pass the building by and not know what’s inside,” Frank Treece said.
“It amazes me. He measures you for swing speed and other things. I’m getting older and slower, so I went from steel clubs to graphite. Shafts are different weights and go from flexible and loose to extra stiff for the pros.”
Corsi’s also deals with cutting down on a slice, controlling a hook and putting the right spin on the ball.
Judy Treece has hybrid clubs that take the place of regular irons.
“They make it easy to get the ball up high,” she said.
Frank Treece said a golfer is allowed 14 clubs in his or her bag, including a putter.
“It can be whatever you want,” he said.
“It depends on how you hit them and the situation. When the club is a custom fit, it fine-tunes and tweaks what you do and saves a stroke.”
Judy Treece added that advanced golf technology is the reason the pros can hit the ball far.
“With different balls for ladies and men, it depends on how fast your swing speed is,” she said.
“And with different clubs, it takes a different distance to hit them.”
The Treeces began golfing after they were married in 1966.
Judy Treece said her parents were into golf, so she and her new husband began playing with them at Windber Country Club.
By the early 1970s, Judy Treece’s father became ill with poor circulation and lost a leg to amputation, so she and Frank quit golfing and turned to raising horses.
When Judy Treece retired from her job as supervisor of the post-anesthetic care unit at UPMC Lee Regional and Frank retired as a funeral director from Picking-Treece-Bennett Mortuary Inc., both decided to take up golf.
Back to golf
“It was in 1998,” Judy Treece said.
“I got him back into golfing. We joined Windber Country Club and took lessons. If we hadn’t taken lessons, I don’t think we would have gotten back into it. The pro made us clubs, but they weren’t custom, just for ladies and men. We went from golf, to horses, to motorcycles and back to golf.”
Since linking up with golfing again, the Treeces have been to courses in Florida, North and South Carolina, Delaware, Virginia and New Hampshire, as well as Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Mexico.
Golfing on vacation
“When we go on vacation, we take the clubs with us,” Frank Treece said.
“It has to be hot and have a golf course.”
While in the Dominican Republic, the Treeces golfed at the Teeth of the Dog, which has seven ocean holes and was rated in the Top 30 courses in the world at the time of their visit.
Before going to Corsi’s, the Treeces purchased custom clubs from Bumble Bee Hollow Golf Center in Mechanicsburg, Cumberland County.
“We always try to improve our game, and we like to try new courses,” Frank Treece said.
New pro shop
Longtime members of Windber Country Club, Frank Treece helped build a new pro shop and Judy helped stain the wood.
Last year, the Treeces served as marshals for the Ladies U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club in Allegheny County.
They explained that marshals keep track of golf balls.
Frank Treece was stationed at the tee, so he showed golfers which way the ball was going by using a paddle.
Out on the course, Judy Treece kept track of balls that had gone in the rough.
“We were there from Sunday to Friday and had a good time,” Judy Treece said.
“We had training beforehand.”