Golf, horseshoes weekly, kids sports later this month
The Key Royale Club men played a nine-hole, better-ball-of-partners game on July 30, but their 18-hole tournament on Aug. 1 was canceled due to the much-needed rain that finally fell in the area.
John Atkinson and Jim Fin combined to shoot a 5-under-par 27 to claim first place by one shot over the team of Al Morgan and Vince Mercadante, who were at 4-under-par 28. Third place went to the team of Bob Kral and John Heiselman with a 3-under score of 29.
The Key Royale Club's men and women teed it up together on Aug. 3 for a mixed-scramble tournament. The team of Sylvia Price, Jim McCartney, Richard Westby and Joyce Brown captured bragging rights with a combined score of 10-under-par 22. Second place went to the team of Jeanette Cashman, Joyce Reith, Bob Kral and Danny Hayes with a score of 8-under-par 24.
Kral and Reith also won the closest-to-the-pin contest with Kral knocking it close on hole number three and Reith "flagging" it on number eight.
Eleven players showed up for the July 28 horseshoe competition, resulting in a "walker," or team of one. That one player turned out to be Hank Huyghe, who ran roughshod over the competition with the day's only 3-0 pool play record.
The Aug. 1 games were delayed due to the early morning rains, resulting in only four players attending. The team of Ron Pepka and Sam Samuels defeated the team of Larry Livrago and Bill Bartlett 3-1 in a best of five series.
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.
Still spots available for Her-icane golf challenge
The early registration deadline is next week for the Manatee High School Her-icanes girls soccer team fundraising golf tournament at the Bradenton Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The team uses the money for uniforms, warm-up suits and tournament travel.
For a $100 donation, players can test their golf skills at Bradenton's most exclusive and challenging layout in a four-person scramble.
All players registered by Aug. 15 will receive a goody bag, cart and greens fees, a post-tourney banquet and guaranteed fun throughout the day. Also on tap are a straightest-drive contest, two closest-to-the-pin contests, a putting contest and raffles for tons of prizes. The field is limited to the first 100 golfers, so don't delay.
The Her-icanes are also looking for tournament sponsors to help their cause. For $800, a business can purchase the Hat Trick package, consisting of a foursome, banquet, tee or green sign on the course and a banner that will be displayed at all Manatee Her-icane home soccer games. A golden goal sponsorship package includes a foursome and a tee or green sign on the course for $500, or a tee or green sign for the tournament for $125.
To sign up a foursome, list the four players and each player's phone number and send the list with a check payable to Manatee Girls Soccer Booster. Mail it to me, Her-icane Coach Kevin Cassidy at 2011 79th St. N.W., Bradenton FL 34209. For more information, call me 807-1105.
Skimboard contest on tap
The Skimboard Bash will again be held on the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 26 at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach.
The contest costs $30 for amateur boarders to enter and $60 for professionals. There will be several age/gender divisions starting with the age-8-and-under "minis" and going up in age to the 22-and-over senior division. Each entrant receives a competition T-shirt, gift bag, lunch and a raffle ticket for prize drawings.
Sign up before Aug. 22. After deadline, if there are openings in the applicable division, a $10 late fee will apply. Entry forms can be picked up at the West Coast Surf Shop, 3902 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Trophies and prizes will be awarded.
For more information, call the surf shop, 941-778-1001.
Soccer rolls around later this month
It's almost time for kids to enjoy the most popular sport on Anna Maria Island - soccer.
The Anna Maria Island Community Center Center will once again host a soccer camp for new and returning players to "kick off" its season. Players will be put through the paces to refresh already learned drills and to learn some new skills. The camp runs 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Aug. 22-24. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.
Registration is under way for the Center fall recreational youth soccer league. Boys and girls must be at least 4 years of age and no older than 16 by Aug. 24 to participate on age-division teams that allow for games between players of various stages of soccer skills and growth.
Games for players ages 4-11 are scheduled to be played at the new Center in Anna Maria, while games for players 12-16 will take place in Holmes Beach at the city's sports facility next to city hall.
Players who are age 4 must attend the preseason soccer camp and successfully pass an evaluation by the athletic director in order to play in the Center league.
Cost for playing soccer at the center for members is $70 with each additional sibling $65. Non-member fees are $80 for first child and $75 for each additional child. Each player receives a team jersey and matching socks. Players are responsible for his/her own black shorts and shin guards. Shin guards are required to play and are offered for $5 at the Center.
Players will also be able to register on Aug. 16 at the Anna Maria Elementary School open house, but due to uniform order deadlines, the final date for registration will be Aug. 24.
Players can sign up at any time between now and Aug. 24 at the Center trailer behind St. Bernard Catholic Church, or following the move to the new Center, at one of two registration nights at the Center, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23.
Everyone who signs up will be placed on a team, but for parity of the league, mandatory tryouts for specific age groups will be held at the following times.
- Ages 4-7, 6:30- 7:30 p.m.,Aug. 27.
- Ages 8-9, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 28.
- Ages 10-11, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 29.
- Ages 12-13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 30 (Holmes Beach).
- Ages 14-16, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Aug. 30 (Holmes Beach).
For more information on fall soccer and the soccer camp, contact Center athletic director Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.