Privateersí Whitey Horton golf tourney a blast
|Chuck Whitfield, Ernie Cotton, Jason Hogan and C.J. Whitfield shot a 12-under 60 to win the Whitey Horton Memorial golf tournament at El Conquistador Country Club.y
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|Team Bordes second baseman Nathan Mozelski made a leaping grab of this grounder during recent senior league baseball action at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton.
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Fantastic weather, a lot of fun and some good golf marked the Anna Maria Island Privateers' 11th annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf Tournament Sunday, May 15, at the El Conquistador Golf and Country Club. Though the turnout was less then the Privateers had hoped for, the longtime service organization still raised more than $5,000, which will go directly towards its scholarship programs.
From a player's perspective, having 72 players on the course made for a thoroughly enjoyable day because there was no waiting to finish out the holes.
First place went to the team of Ernie Cotton, Chuck Whitfield, C.J. Whitfield and Jason Hogan, who combined to shoot a 12-under-par 60 over the par-72 course. Second place went to Team Islander with an impressive 11-under 61 behind the strong play of Ed Conk. Other team members include Matt Bowers, Bill Romberger and this erstwhile writer/golfer. (Notice: writer comes first?) Third place was captured by the team of Chris Kiernan, Alan Britcher, Mitch Stoop and Bob Darrough on a combined score of 62.
Defending champion, Team V.O., came into the tourney without Roy Hampton and Scott Van Ostenbridge and struggled to a 67 in the breezy conditions, while the team of Greg “Shiprek” Davidson, John Swager, Stanley Weyman and Mike Miller was dubbed “most honest” after finishing in last place with a 78.
Other winners included Jason Hogan, who captured the long-drive contest with a 285-yard drive on number 18, and Bob Neilson, who won the closest-to-the-pin contest on hole No. 3.
Bob Darrough was honored as the shortest-drive winner after one of his tee shots hit a tee marker and bounced back to hit him, giving him a net drive of zero yards, while Lee Tanner captured the putting contest, though he didn't make the 60-foot putt that would have netted him $5,000.
The big raffle winner on the day was Ed Conk, who captured the 50-50 drawing to walk away with $225.
Everyone in attendance had a great time on the course and an even better time at the awards banquet where the El Conquistador staff put out a meal fit for a king. Delicious prime rib, baked ziti and tons of other food made for a good finale.
In the end, the winners will be the students who reap the financial rewards of the scholarships that the Privateers will award later this year. Recipients of the scholarships will be invited to ride on the Privateer pirate ship during their Island-long July 4 parade.
The Privateers said to thank all of their sponsors of this year's tournament and announced at the banquet that the 12th annual Whitey Horton Memorial Golf tournament will again be held at El Conquistador, so plan now to play next year. And congratulations to all of the winners!
Other scores from the tourney:
- Fourth place: 63
- Bob Kenney, Rick Van Fossen, Steve Crawford, Tom Doran.
- Joe Miller, Susan Miller, Terry Wilson, Mayor Wayne Poston.
- Rex Kerns, Rick Weaver, Tom McDonald, Dave Maraferden.
- Todd Elliot, Jason McMahon, Matthew Fitch, Frank Lambertson.
- Fifth place: 67
- Justin Garvey, Jarrett James, Darrell Wilson.
- Butch Van Ostenbridge, David Futch, Mark Hack, Jon Huffman.
- Rob Neilson, Carl Kogeler, Jesse Jordan, Sam Hopkins.
- Sixth place: 68
- Gary Harkness, David Murray, Chuck Matthews, Ryan Deckinger.
- Seventh place: 70
- Jesse Carr Sr., Jesse Carr, Bob Ware, Daryel Young.
- Eighth place: 71
- Larry House, Jim Stufflebean, Sean Cooper, Lee Tanner.
- Stephen Wilkinson, Deb Mazzaferro, Marty Kimbell, Bob Slicker.
- Ninth place 73
- Doug Egger, Will Townly, Jack Grant, Fritz Cordey.
Team Bordes struggles, maintains winning streak
Team Bordes battled its way past the Devil Rays 14-13 on Wednesday, May 11, for its ninth consecutive win since opening the season with two straight losses. The win improves TB's record to 9-2 with the district tournament starting May 17 in Venice.
Team Bordes trailed against the Devil Rays four times in the game. Five runs in the bottom of the second inning gave TB its first lead at 5-2. Pat Cole, Chad Wickersham, Shane Pelkey and C.J. Wickersham walked to open the inning, scoring Cole to pull to 2-1. Tanner Pelkey then followed with a two-run double to right-center, scoring Chad Wickersham and Shane Pelkey to give Team Bordes a 3-2 lead.
C.J. Wickersham scored on a passed ball to extend the lead to 4-2 before Ryan Smith singled-in Tanner Pelkey to complete the scoring in the inning.
The Devil Rays answered with seven runs in the top of the third to open up a 9-5 lead. Team Bordes responded with one run in the bottom half of the inning, getting a single from Sean Price, who came around to score on a single by Chad Wickersham to pull to within one run.
With his team trailing 12-10, Coach Brad Lisk called the team together in the middle of the sixth inning for a heart-to-heart talk. Chad Wickersham rallied the team around him when he said, “Don't worry Coach. We have this game in the bag.” Team Bordes then went down one-two-three to end the sixth still trailing 12-10.
The Devil Rays extended its lead to 13-10 before Nate Mozeleski opened the last stanza with a walk and promptly stole second for Team Bordes. Scott Wollett singled, sending Mozelski to third and a wide turn looking to score. Wollett took advantage of the attention they were paying to Mozeleski to advance to second base. Price then grounded out for the first out before Mozeleski dashed home to score on a passed ball with Wollett moving to third. Another passed ball scored Wollett and moved Cole to third with Team Bordes trailing by one run.
With Cole on third and Chad Wickersham on second, Coach Lisk called for a suicide squeeze, where the runner takes off for third and hopes that his teammate can successfully bunt the ball. Cole didn't need the bunt, because the low and outside pitch got past the catcher allowing Cole to score the tying run and Wickersham to move to third. Coach Lisk again called for the suicide squeeze play. This time the Devil Rays pitcher saw Wickersham breaking and threw the ball over the catcher's head, allowing Wickersham to slide home with the winning run.
Scott Wollett earned the pitching win with two innings of one-hit ball that included three strikeouts. Wollett also contributed a single and one run scored to the Team Bordes attack that also received a 2-for-3 two-RBI performance from Tanner Pelkey and a single and three runs scored from Chad Wickersham. Price added a single and two runs, while Smith singled to round out the Team Bordes offense.
Next up is the district tourney with Team Bordes taking on Venice No. 1 on May 17 followed by a 9 a.m. game Saturday, May 21. A win Saturday has them playing again at 3 p.m. the same day, while a loss forces them into a noon game.
Pennant race down to the wire in AAA league
WMFD remains in first place, but barely, after splitting a pair of games last week in AAA baseball action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. WMFD lost 16-12 to Morgan Stanley Wednesday, May 11, but bounced back to defeat Duncan Real Estate on Friday, May 13. Morgan Stanley tied 14-14 against Duncan Real Estate on Monday, May 9, and coupled with its win over WMFD on Wednesday, pulled to within one point in the standings.
Last-place Duncan is still within range of taking the title thanks to a pair of games left to play for first-place WMFD - so stay tuned.
Horseshoe winners named
Weekly winners of the Anna Maria City Hall Park's horseshoe contests were Ron Pepka and Peter Watson of Anna Maria. Don Hartsfield of Bradenton Beach and Herb Ditzel of Anna Maria came in second in the May 14 competition.
Ron Pepka and Tom Skoloda of Anna Maria teamed up to win the May 11 contest. Carole Watson of Anna Maria and Jay Disbrow of Bradenton came in second.
The weekly contests get under way every Wednesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. at Anna Maria City Hall Park. There are no membership fees and everyone is welcome.
Sign up for Anna Maria Island Dolphin football
The Anna Maria Island Community Center announces another season of Dolphin football is upon us. They invite players toome out and join the program that produced the 2002 Police Athletic League Junior Varsity Superbowl champions.
Interested players must attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at the Center. This mandatory meeting will be to share information about the PAL League and to gauge the interest level among Island youth.
PAL has four age/weight divisions starting with flag football for ages 6-7 (as of September 1). Flag football carries no weight restrictions. Mighty Mites must be age 8-10 and under 125 pounds, while JV is for 11- to 12-year-olds under 145 pounds. The oldest division is varsity for age 13-14 players who are under 165 pounds.
For more information, call Andy Jonatzke at 778-1908.