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Date of Issue: September 13, 2007

Islanders win Her-icane Golf Challenge

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Island residents Webb Cutting, Mary and Gary Rutledge and Craig Cutting (not pictured) ran away with the Her-icane Golf Challenge with a 14-under-par 57. Islander Photos: Kevin Cassidy
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Closest-to-the-pin winner, Greg Koeper, poses with Her-icane players Ansley Watts and Kat Bouziane at the Manatee High girls soccer program fundraiser.
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11th hole odds?
Tony Webb, left, a 10-year resident of Holmes Beach, spends summers in his home town of North East, Pa., and he and high school buddy Jeff Southwick play golf at the North Hills Golf Club in Corry. Both of them have played golf for 50 years. Three weeks ago, while Webb was back in Holmes Beach, Southwick got his first hole-in-one with a 3-wood on the 11th hole, a 190-yard, par 3. They played North Hills a week later in a fivesome and, at the 11th hole, Tony said, "So this is the hole you aced. One of my buddies in Alaska just had his first ace, and I wonder if Iíll ever get one." Tony stepped up to the tee box, pulled out a 3-wood, struck it solidly, and the ball went over a creek, narrowly missing a tree, landed on the front of the green, and rolled 30 feet to the pin and in the cup. His jaw dropped. What are the odds that two friends would get a hole-in-one at the same hole two weeks apart?

Island resident Webb Cutting teamed up with son Craig Cutting and Mary and Gary Rutledge to fire a 14-under-par 57 to capture first place in the third annual Her-icane Golf Challenge at the Bradenton Country Club Sept. 8. They won trophies, a Cherry’s gift bag and a certificate for a foursome to play the Bradenton Country Club again.

Webb, who is reigning club champion of the Key Royale Club, and his teammates finished three shots ahead of three teams that carded 60s. Through a tiebreaker, the team of Bob McEnroe, Jamie Brown, Lance Cowart and Bob Long took second place and won a certificate for a foursome to play Waterlefe Golf Club. Third place went to the team of Jeff Watts, Wayne Johnson and Bob Lighters, who took home a certificate for a foursome to Riverstrand Golf and Country Club.

Most honest golfers award (last place) went to the team of Scott O’Brien, Ellen Scott, Marcia Rush and Rich Lefevre with a score of 79. They each received new ball retrievers and a foursome certificate to Pinebrooke Ironwood.

Former Islander Wayne Wood won the straightest-drive contest, while Greg Koeper and Jim Diedrich won the closest-to-the-pin contests.

The tournament was a rousing success for the Manatee Her-icane soccer program, raising slightly more than $8,000 for tournament travel, uniforms and much-needed team equipment.

A big thanks to all who participated in the tournament and all the businesses that sponsored holes and donated raffle items. A special thanks has to go out to the Watts, Rice, Bouziane and Rubino families, who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a successful tournament.

11th hole odds?

Tony Webb, left, a 10-year resident of Holmes Beach, spends summers in his home town of North East, Pa., and he and high school buddy Jeff Southwick play golf at the North Hills Golf Club in Corry. Both of them have played golf for 50 years. Three weeks ago, while Webb was back in Holmes Beach, Southwick got his first hole-in-one with a 3-wood on the 11th hole, a 190-yard, par 3. They played North Hills a week later in a fivesome and, at the 11th hole, Tony said, "So this is the hole you aced. One of my buddies in Alaska just had his first ace, and I wonder if I’ll ever get one." Tony stepped up to the tee box, pulled out a 3-wood, struck it solidly, and the ball went over a creek, narrowly missing a tree, landed on the front of the green, and rolled 30 feet to the pin and in the cup. His jaw dropped. What are the odds that two friends would get a hole-in-one at the same hole two weeks apart?

Key Royale golf news

The Key Royale Club men played an 18-hole, best-ball-of-foursome tournament on Sept. 5 with the team of Bob Kral, Al Morgan, Vince Mercadante and John Heiselman torching the course with a 14-under-par 50. In second place - one shot back - was the team of John Atkinson, Dick Grimme, Bob Kelly and Bob Proxy.

The men played a better-ball-of-partners game on Sept. 3. Bob Kelly and Dick Grimme, along with the team of John Atkinson and Chris Collins, each fired a 6-under-par 26 to tie for first place in the nine-hole tournament.

The ladies and men teamed up on Aug. 31 for a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome tournament. The team of Jane Winegarden, Joyce Brown and Peter and Paula Proxy carded a 4-under-par 28 to tie for first place with two other teams. Matt Behan, Fred Meyer and Al and Teddy Morgan and the team of Don Ledford, Terry Westby and Bob and Barbara Proxy shared clubhouse bragging rights.

Island girls help Magic to good showing

Island residents Erin Mulrine, Martine Miller, Ally Titsworth and Christina Papazian helped the U15 Manatee Magic girls soccer team to a 2-1-1 record and a semi-final berth in the Atlanta Cup soccer tournament over the Labor Day weekend.

Mulrine and Miller scored two goals apiece, while Titsworth added one goal. Other Magic goals were scored by Meredith Argeros and Kaitlyn Wolfe.

The Magic girls good showing has put them in the top 15 teams in Florida. Congratulations, girls!

AMICC Soccer League kicks off Spirit Week

The Anna Maria Island Community Center will start off its soccer season at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, with a spaghetti dinner - provided courtesy of the Beach Bistro - at the “new” Center.

The dinner is the league’s season fundraiser, with dinner for adults $6 and kids eat for $5. And although no one will be turned away, families are encouraged to attend the dinner to collect their players uniform and schedule.

Soccer kicks off with Spirit Week, where fans and families are encouraged to wear team colors and show their soccer spirit.

Spirit Week schedule
Instructional Division (ages 4-7)

Date       Time       Teams
Sept. 20       6 p.m.       Coastal Orthopedics vs. Sand Dollar
Sept. 20       6:30 p.m.       Duncan Real Estate vs. Sparks
Sept. 20       7 p.m.       FL Eye Tours vs. Sand Dollar
Sept. 20       7:30 p.m.       Sparks vs. Coastal Orthopedics
Sept. 22       9 a.m.       Coastal Orthopedics vs. Beach Bistro
Sept. 22       9:30 a.m.       Duncan Real Estate vs. FL Eye Tours
Sept. 22       10 a.m.       A.M. Glass & Screen vs. Sparks
Sept. 22       10:30 a.m.       LPAC vs. Sand Dollar

Division III (ages 8-9)
Date              Time       Teams
Sept. 20       6 p.m.       Island Real Estate vs. Autoway Ford
Sept. 20       6:30 p.m.       Air & Energy vs. Mr. Bones
Sept. 20       7 p.m.       Creative Tile Design vs. Ross Builders
Sept. 20       7:30 p.m.       West Coast Air vs. Air & Energy
Sept. 22       9 a.m.       Island Real Estate vs. Air & Energy
Sept. 22       9:30 a.m.       West Coast Air vs. Island Real Estate
Sept. 22       10 a.m.       Creative Tile Design vs. Mr. Bones
Sept. 22       10:30 a.m.       Autoway Ford vs. Ross Builders

Division II (ages 10-11)
Sept. 21       6 p.m.       Cannons vs. Scott Lindsey Painting
Sept. 21       6:30 p.m.       Mike Norman Realty vs. Danziger
Sept. 22       11 a.m       Cannons vs. Danziger
Sept. 22       11:30 a.m       Mike Norman vs. Scott Lindsey

Division I (ages 12-14)
Sept. 21       7 p.m.       Morgan Stanley vs. LaPensee Plumbing
Sept. 21       7:30 p.m.       Sun vs. Harcon
Sept. 22       12 p.m       Morgan Stanley vs. Sun
Sept. 22       12:30 p.m       Harcon vs. LaPensee

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