Some leftover notes from the Black Powder Shootout golf tournament held two weeks ago at the Powder Horn. It was a terrific event with a pair of local champions, Jim Scott and Barry King. Part of the proceeds benefited the local K-Life ministries.
• Some 88 two-person teams competed from all over Wyoming and the U.S. That in itself is significant given the amount of visitors, some of them first-time tourists, who are drawn to the area. They invested in local hospitality, restaurants and so forth. A few were spotted one night at the Third Thursday Street Festival in downtown Sheridan, catching up on live music, exhibits and swapping golf stories, actively sampling the culture.
• My guest/teammate came from Columbia, Missouri, where he is a longtime professor at the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. We first met in 1977 at the Wyoming Press Association meeting and have been pals and colleagues since. It was his first time to Sheridan and he loved every minute here. (He made special note of rodeo week’s butt dart contest.)
• Dan Burgess sang our national anthem and “God Bless America” to the 88 teams waiting to tee off. He nailed those songs and many people remarked on his strong voice. He’s a member of the Powder Horn crew. He even created his own second verse, “God Bless the Powder Horn” which sings the praises of the 27-hole golf course. Shortly thereafter, my partner from Mizzou hit an errant shot into a sand trap and I leaned over and commiserated by saying: “Remember, God bless the Powder Horn.”
• The next big charity tournament Scotty Scott is hosting at the Powder Horn is Aug. 7-9 and will benefit the “Give Kids the World.” It’s a two-day competition featuring both scramble and best ball formats. There are spots available for two-person teams with plenty of food, hospitality and live music included in the entry fees.
My friend who visited Sheridan for the golf, Daryl Moen, has authored four books on news writing, editing and design at Missouri and has coached and consulted all over the U.S. and globally, helping newspapers become better. Together, we did 28 days in India 20 years ago in four cities preaching community journalism as part of a State Department outreach to Indian publishers.
The Sheridan Press hosts two to three in-house training sessions annually that benefits staff and ultimately readers. Earlier this year, WPA director Jim Angell talked about public notices and how their access is valuable to a free society. Jim Clarke, Chief of The Associated Press bureau in Denver that represents four western states, also provided training regarding access to public information.
Moen’s sessions included training that brought in newspaper staffs from Buffalo, Gillette, Spearfish, South Dakota and members of the Sheridan College marketing and information team and the COO of Stevenson Newspapers. We were in one of the new classrooms in the Edward A. Whitney Academic Center, some 35 of us in all. Patrick Dunham, the director of Chartwell’s, the new food service vendor, just nailed it on the luncheon.
No doubt when the new Thorne-Rider Campus Center opens in September people will go there for the food. Would posit, too, that all of the visiting journalists from out of town were impressed with the SC campus and facilities for learning.