Greetings from Austin, friends. I just found out I’ll be at Rainy Day Books, 2706 W. 53rd St. in Fairway, on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
This one’s special. I’m from Kansas City: Grandview High School, class of 1983. I learned the game at quirky Swope and last played at Hillcrest. Hillcrest! What a place.
I’m sure I’ll tell the story about Payne Stewart and Jim Holtgrieve, who played in the final match at the 1979 Missouri Amateur at Wolf Creek. Don’t know that story? It involves insults, Tom O’Toole, the calling of names and (almost) a fistfight. Stewart boasted that he would beat Holtgrieve – my goodness, Missouri amateur golf royalty if there ever was – so badly he would never forget it. Stewart did. And Holtgrieve didn’t.
I’d love to see you at Rainy Day to finish the tale. And please keep the bids coming in the Strong Like Stella auction for a first edition from my author’s run.