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Date of Issue: August 03, 2006

Summer season: Golf, horseshoes, surfing, soccer too

Bob Jorgenson and Jim Dunne each fired a three-under 29 to tie for first place in the Key Royale men’s nine-hole low-net golf tournament on July 17 at the Key Royale Club. Earl Huntziger finished alone in second place after shooting a one-under 31, while Chuck Reed finished third with an even-par 32.

The men teed it up on July 19 for an 18-hole, two-man combined low-net competition. Web Cutting teamed up with George Womble to win first place with a four-under-par 124, three shots better than second-place finishers Vince Mercandante and John Heiselman. Dan Hayes and Bob Elliott finished third with a combined score of 134.

 

Horseshoe news

Tom Rhodes found himself on the winning side two times last week in horseshoe tossing competition at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.

On July 15, Rhodes and wife Debbie paired up and were the only team to emerge from pool play with a perfect 3-0 record. Their championship left second place to Jay Disbrow and Ron Boelman, who defeated Sam Samuels and Gary Howcroft 21-20.

Tom Rhodes ran his winning streak to two on July 19 when he teamed up with Sam Samuels to defeat Jimmy Spencer and Ron Pepka by a 21-10 score.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Free physicals for high school athletes

Blake Medical Center will offer free physicals on Saturday, July 29, for those high school students planning to participate in high school sports during the 2006-07 school year. Prospective athletes are not allowed to try out for a sport unless they have a completed physical that clears he/she for participation.

The physicals will be offered to Manatee High School athletes starting at 8 a.m. Each of the high schools has been assigned a specific time. For more information, contact the school’s athletic department, or call Blake at 792-6611.

 

Soccer set to kick off

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is now accepting registration for its 2006 recreational youth soccer league. Boys and girls must be at least 4 years of age and no older than 16 by Aug. 21, 2006, in order to participate.

This season promises to be a little different from previous years in that all games will be played at the brand new soccer field adjacent to the Holmes Beach skate park and city hall. The field was sodded last year and looks to be "game ready" now with some players already working out there.

The change in venue was necessitated by the expected construction of new facilities at the Center. Programs and the offices and personnel of the Center will be moving to facilities at St. Bernard Catholic Church over the summer and the sports programs are going wherever possible.

Cost for playing soccer at the center for members is $50 with each additional sibling $45. Non-member fees are $65 for first child and $60 for each additional child in the same family. Players will receive a uniform - jersey and matching socks - and are responsible for providing black shorts and shin guards. Shin guards are required to play and are on sale at the Center for $5.

The Center will again host a pre-season soccer camp for new and returning players to "kick off" the season. Players will be put through the paces to refresh already-learned skills and perhaps to learn some new skills.

The two-day camp will be held at the new Holmes Beach soccer field from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16-18. Cost is $25 per player for members and $40 for non-members. Players can register for the camp or the camp and the season, but all 4-year-olds must attend camp to be eligible for season play.

Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke said soccer scholarships are available and no child is turned away for lack of fees.

Registration for the regular season will take place two nights at the Holmes Beach public works building (next to the skate park) at the following dates and times.

  • 6-8 p.m.Tues., Aug. 8, 15.
  • 6-8 p.m.Thurs., Aug. 10, 17.

Everyone who signs up will be placed on a team, but for parity of the league, tryouts for specific age groups, which will be held later in August, are mandatory.

Jonatzke also stressed the need for soccer coaches.

For more information, contact Jonatzke at 778-1908.

 

Surfing safari?

The 21st annual National Kidney Foundation Pro-Am Surfing Festival presented by Cocoa Beach Surf Company  takes place Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1-4, at Lori Wilson Park in Cocoa Beach. Along with the surfing, the festival will have entertainment, demonstrations, bikini contests and much more. Cost for the contest is $35 for amateurs with boys and girls’ divisions ranging from ages 10 to 40 and over.

This charitable event has local ties to the Island in Holmes Beach siblings Wilson Shymanski and Joanie Mills and mom, Kay, of Holmes Beach. Older brothers, former professional surfers Richard and Phil Salick, started the charitable surfing contest following Richard’s bout with kidney disease. The surfing contest is now the largest of its kind to benefit charity.

Phil Salick now calls Holmes Beach "home base" for his numerous surfing enterprises.

Each of the previous NKF Surfing Festivals have hosted more than 100,000 people, providing sponsors an excellent venue to get your business known while supporting a very worthy cause.

Phil’s hoping an Island team or two or three will safari to the east coast festival and enter the competition.

For more information about the Surf Festival, go to www.kidneyfla.org or call 800-927-9659.

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