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One of the best words ever.
One of the best breakfasts — pie and coffee. A particular, maybe peculiar, nod to southern heritage. Life is just simply better after a good piece of pie. There’s more clarity in thought, the spirit is lifted. Pie is therapeutic.
The new Cowboy Café, which opened just last week on Main Street in Historic Downtown Sheridan, has some mighty fine pie. Fresh pie. Lots of varieties, too, printed daily on a chalkboard. One day last week, Phil Ashley, The Sheridan Press’ marketing director, and I had a wedge of pie. Phil went with apple; I went the more exotic route — blueberry almond crunch. Bottomless cup of coffee, too. A full house that morning in the new place. A good sign.
The owners are Robert & Severine Murdoch. They also have a similarly named place over in Dubois. It, too, is an ideal spot to stop for a minute and break up the trip to Jackson with some more pie.
Last month, Bill Baas shot his age, the holy grail of both professional and amateur golf, at the Powder Horn. He carded an even-par 72. He had recently celebrated a birthday, turning 73. It was Baas’ first time at shooting his age, though he had been close before.
He joins a short list at the Powder Horn. Its founder, Homer “Scotty” Scott, accomplished the feat in 2011 with a 73. Dave Latini did it with a 75 in 2012. Ken Richardson, too, with a 72 in 2012.
In last week’s Sports Illustrated, columnist Steve Rushin had an excellent piece about Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Kaat, 75. Kaat plays against himself with two sets of clubs, one righty, one lefty. Kaat won 283 games in the major leagues from 1959 to 1983 with five teams and is often considered the best fielding pitcher ever. (For some odd reason, he’s not in the Hall of Fame.) He’s also an Emmy-winning broadcaster for the MLB Network.
Lefthanded, Kaat is a seven handicap. On the right side, he’s a 10. He shot his age as a lefthander at 70 in 2009; most recently, he shot his age as a righty, 75. Rushin notes how Kaat has shot his age as a lefty five times.
For those stuck on playing just one side of the ball, it’s almost impossible to imagine hitting from both sides. Jim Benepe of Sheridan, a three-time professional tour champion as most hereabouts know, won those tournaments in the 1980s righthanded. These days, in league play at the Powder Horn, he plays from the left side. It boggles. As does shooting one’s age.
“Skip a par three.”
— Ben Hogan, to Bob Hope, after Hope asked Hogan how he could take five shots off his game.