DeHart: New technology will help line up your putts

Martin Mills tests the AimPoint technology on the putting green at Gallagher’s Canyon golf course.  - Doug Farrow/Contributor
Martin Mills tests the AimPoint technology on the putting green at Gallagher’s Canyon golf course.
— image credit: Doug Farrow/Contributor

This week’s column is dedicated to well-known Kelowna resident and long-time chiropractor Barry Urness. Along with being my friend, I will never forget the time I got sciatica and had to be on a plane for San Diego. I literally ran into his office, he fixed me up and I was on my way. I’m sure he had done that a million times for others as well. Personal condolences to Betty, his entire family and many friends.


What is AimPoint and who is Martin Mills? AimPoint is a putt predictive technology that was developed by Mark Sweeney and is the “blue line” overlayed on the greens on the Thursday and Friday broadcasts of the PGA Tour events on The Golf Channel.

It is also used by 100 top instructors and PGA Tour Pros. This same technology has been put into an instructional program that teaches you the science of how to read greens in a fun, yet informative clinic. You will go from thinking that a putt breaks this way or that, to knowing exactly how much break to play for any putt. The cool thing is that it works anywhere. There are two levels of training—fundamentals and advanced concepts.

Mills is a certified AimPoint instructor in the B.C. Southern Interior, teaching classes both here and in the U.S. He received his training in Portland, Oregon, with every instructor personally certified by Sweeney. Two months later he won his first professional event in Las Vegas and has never looked back. “At first people wonder what you are doing when referring the AimCharts, but once they see just how well they putt, the wondering stops and the curiosity is piqued,” Mill said. He recently won the Iron Man at Gallagher’s Canyon, an event known for fast greens and difficult pin placements. His next clinic will be on Saturday, July 7, 9 a.m., at Gallagher’s Canyon. For additional clinic dates, details and locations go to or contact Martin Mills at 250-215-4188;

Back in Time has opened at 5-470 Banks Rd. Owned and operated by Paul Ashton (Kelowna born and raised) and Gene Booth, the new and used store carries everything from furniture and housewares, to hardware, sporting goods, collectibles, flooring and tools. You can pick up great quality items at a good price. If you like to save a few dollars, this is the place. Call 778-484-7272.

After nearly 40 years in the broadcast industry, well-known local gal Beth Myers (Nickel) with Q103.1 and Power 104.7 has retired. She started her career with what was originally Okanagan Broadcasters, most commonly known as CKOV and CJOV at the corner of Bernard and Pandosy, which was owned and operated by the Browne family and run by grandson Jamie Browne. Over the years, she has seen three owners and many staff come and go. Starting at reception, she then moved to traffic manager in 1975. During her 39 years, she also worked remotely via email for two radio stations in Vancouver and two in Victoria, CJJR and CFAX, and both of their sister stations, a total of six at once. Beth is now going to publish a novel about her 39-year career, remembering the humorous and serious times in an ever changing industry and the people within it.

After six years in North Glenmore, Loyal Hair Therapy has relocated to 102-2106 Harvey Ave. (corner of Cooper and Harvey next to Prospera Credit Union). Owned and operated by president and creative director Loyal Wooldridge, the shop has six experienced stylists and carry Kerastase and Shu Uemura products. Call 250-762-4145.

Certified travel counsellor Sandi Muenz and Debbie Lafond, both formerly of Orchard Park Travel in Guisachan Village (now closed), have joined the team at Uniglobe Direct Travel, 1568 Pandosy St., with Christine Clark and Jodi Macdonald at the helm. Both Muenz and Lafond  have been in the travel industry for many years, including the past 18 years working together at Orchard Park Travel. Call 250-860-0808.

There’s a little bit of Europe at Roy’s Shoes Boots and Repairs. Owned by Jim Belshaw, the store is now selling beautiful flowers by the stem on the sidewalk outside their store. In many large cities, including Vancouver you can find fresh cut flowers on almost every corner. Pick up a gerber, mum or lily for a gift or treat yourself.  Call 250-763-5696.

Michael Mallouk, of the Chop Restaurant and Grille on Enterprise Way, has accepted a promotion to the Chop Restaurant in Edmonton. Jay Daniels, formerly of D.J.’s Restaurant, is the new general manager of Chop Kelowna.  Call 250-712-0035.

Lots of Zellers news. The last day of operation of the Zellers Family Restaurant is July 7, with an appreciation event planned for the weekend of June 30. This restaurant was traditionally one of the store’s top 10 in the country in terms of sales volume and also sold the most seniors’ value breakfasts than any other store in the chain. Many of the long-term employees have been there since day one, nearly 20 years. The restaurant will operate on reduced hours leading up to the closure, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, with a reduced menu. Once the restaurant closes, all the equipment and furniture will be sold off. If you are a true Zellers memorabilia fan, you can own a piece of the restaurant, from tables and chairs to the décor on the walls.

The Kelowna Zellers store liquidation will begin in late July with the last seniors’ sale day in July to be extended over two days, July 2 and 3.  Monday, July 2, falls on a stat so the store will be open for reduced hours that day, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Zellers in Penticton has turned the keys over to Superstore.The last week has been spent cleaning out the remaining fixtures and getting the store ready for the new tenants. On the last day of business, that Zellers started selling off everything for $1 and as the day progressed, the discounts moved down to 75 cents, then to 50 cents By the end of the day, anything still left was selling for a penny. The new Superstore is expected to open in November.

Happy 43rd anniversary Hank and Marilyn Willms (June 30).

Gerry Fraser and George Patridge, with MacDonald Realty, have rebranded as The FraserPatridge Group (formerly the Gerry Fraser Group). With over 25 years of experience serving the real estate industry, you will now see the new FraserPatridge Group signs in all areas of the city and Okanagan. Call 250-868-1594;

Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner Paula Woodward uses acupuncture, diet therapy, herbal therapy, lifestyle counseling and pulse diagnosis to diagnose imbalances in the body. Practicing out of Brix Family Chiropractic Centre in Mill Creek Crossing, at 105-1912 Enterprise Way (Spall and Enterprise), Woodward is certified by the CTCMA of B.C. to practice acupuncture and TCM in B.C.  Chinese Medicine assesses imbalances in the body through pulse, tongue, palpation, observation and listening. It works with the body and through diagnosis and hitting the correct points (literally). She is able to restore the body back to balance so that its own innate capabilities can keep it in alignment. Paula’s practice consists mainly of women, with issues relating to women’s health, although she treats a myriad of conditions not specific to gender. Call 778-436-9366.

URBA’s Uptown after Hours is Wednesday, July 4, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Hollywood Station, 150 Hollywood Road S. (Corner Highway 33 and Hollywood Road S.).

Jay Ess Music School, owned and operated by Robert and Lynda Jay, has officially added musical theatre studies to their curriculum in a unique partnership with the UK-based Trinity Guildhall, which is a globally recognized music institution formed in 1872. They train students to become what is known in the industry as a “triple threat”—proficient in singing, acting and dance with professional instruction in dance. Trinity has designated Jay Ess the official and exclusive studios in the Interior for their musical theatre examination program. This year, all their students passed their exams with merit or distinction. Call 250-762-5757.

On Sunday, July 1, Tim Fehr will again be selling hundreds of plants for only $1 at the flea market at Rutland Centennial Hall, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It’s a time honoured tradition with a twist—the United Way has come up with a new and exciting way to raise money that benefits the environment as well, tackling the growing problem of electronic waste and literally turning it into cash through its Think Recycle Program. This program gathers unwanted electronics, including cell phones, print cartridges, digital cameras, laptops, iPods and MP3 players from the community and then exchanges them for money. Greentec, the company behind the program, then collects, processes and recycles the electronics, diverting this waste from our landfills. In addition, Greentec also donates funds to have one tree planted by Tree Canada for every 24 qualifying electronics that United Way returns. Drop off your unwanted electronics to the United Way office at 202-1456 St. Paul St. or the  Capital News office at 2475 Enterprise Way. Greentec also welcomes other local businesses to volunteer as drop-off locations. For more info call Jennifer at 250-860-2356.

The Anfuso Family and staff of Mamma Rosa Restaurant donated all the proceeds of every Tiramisu sold and other donations received during April to Kelowna General Hospital  and the Canadian Liver Foundation in Giacomo Anfuso’s name. They donated a whopping $2,490 (that’s a lot of Tiramisu). The grand total raised over 10 years for both entities now stands at $148,623 from this annual fundraiser.

Congratulations to Lauren Strang, who received the Project Manager of the Year Award at the 2012 ACE (Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship) National Exposition. She graduates this year from Okanagan College with a bachelor of business administration degree.

A meeting for post-liver or pre-liver transplant patients and caregivers will be held at Perkins Restaurant in the Ramada Hotel on Tuesday, July 3,  10:30 a.m.

The Kelowna City Band, along with providing free concerts for the public, will again be selling sweet corn fresh from Chilliwack on Saturday, Aug. 11,  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., an annual fundraiser for the group. For $10 you get 13 corn on the cob (a baker’s dozen). Band members will also sell tickets for pre-orders Sunday, July 1, at Prospera Place, where they will participate in the annual Canada Day concert. Some locations to get the corn are Canadian Tire, London Drugs (both Kelowna and West Kelowna stores), Rona, Trinity Baptist Church (back parking lot) and Swalwell Park in Lake Country. Call 250-862-6818 for more info.

Birthdays of the week: HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA (July 1); happy 70th Berna Shoemaker (June 22); Kal Parnell (June 30); Linda Brandon (July 1); Marlene Trelenberg (July 1); Derrik Johanneson, TAC Solutions (July 2); Ann Ellchuck (July 2); Dr. Iain Allan (July 4); Kathy Butler (July 2); Finbar O’Sullivan (July 4); Don McArthur (July 4); Garth Roy (July 4); Robert Caley (July 4).

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