Oyster Bar golf tourney marks success for Center
|Hurricane Ivan churned up the Gulf of Mexico, which fueled the fears of Island property owners but delighted the hundreds of surfers who flocked to the Island for a chance to catch a ride. Here an unidentified surfer drops in on an 8-foot wave just west of the Manatee Public Beach pier before bottom turning back toward the pier for a nice frontside ride.
|Air & Energy's Martine Miller scores the first of her three goals during A&E's 6-0 victory over Danziger Allergy & Sinus in Division II soccer action at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
To say that the fourth annual Anna Maria Oyster Bar golf tournament was a huge success and that the more than 160 golfers had a great time would be a gross understatement.
Thirty-six foursomes teed it up Friday, Sept. 17, at El Conquistador Golf & Country Club for a chance to earn bragging rights for the lowest score, along with other individual contests on the course, such as closest to the pin, closest to the Budweiser golf bag, longest drive and straightest drive. Throw in tons of adult beverages that made this Irishman thirsty and more food than you could shake a pitching wedge at, and the participants of the tournament were left wanting nothing, except for maybe a few more mulligans to improve their team score.
Oyster Bar owner John Horne and his staff of restaurateurs know how to throw a fundraiser! Between entry fees, raffle ticket sales, a silent auction and lots of corporate support, the tournament took in a whopping $45,646.98 - although that's before the bills are paid.
Cotton's Ringers, a team comprising Ernie Cotton, Chuck Whitfield, Steve Crawford and Bob Kinney, brought home first-place trophies after shooting an unheard-of 55, which was one shot better than last year's champs Boyd Insurance, which carded a 56 this year to finish in second place. Pat Osborne, Corky Taylor, Nick Zez and Larry McGary made up the Boyd team. Jerry Scott, Chad Gates, Jim Burgess and Charlie Murphy made up the Bank of Commerce team and took third place with a 57.
Most Honest Golfers award went to the Americom team of Bob Slicker, Scott Rodgers, Jeff Rodgers and Tim Howell, who "managed" their way around the El Conquistador course with a robust 74. For their honesty, they each received bobble-head golf trophies and, appropriately enough, brand new ball retrievers.
Other prizes went to putting contest winner Bob Kinney and straightest drive winner Hugh Holmes Jr. Long drive winners were Mark Wickersham and Darryle Weaver on the men's side and Linda Spivey and Lynnette Warnars for the ladies. Aric Chevtalkin, Chris Woodward and Steve Saunders captured closest-to-the-pin awards, while Bobby Hardy won the closest-to-the-Budweiser bag contest. Last but not least was the 50/50 raffle, which was won by Pat Maloney, who pocketed $1,445.50 for his share of the pot.
Seeing as how the tournament was sold out when this writer received the initial press release, I want to go on record that I'm in for next year.
Congratulations to all of the winners - most definitely including all of the kids participating in programs at the Anna Maria Island Community Center.
Air & Energy improves to 2-0 with shutout
Air & Energy took over first place in Anna Maria Island Community Center soccer league, Division II, thanks to a 6-0 victory Thursday, Sept. 16, against Danziger Allergy & Sinus. One of the keys to victory was the outstanding defensive play of midfielders Raina Lardas, Zach Evans, Justin Garcia and Carson Wooten-Stipcich, who combined to smother any offensive chances Danziger may have had before they got the ball onto the A&E side of the field.
Another benefit of the smothering midfield was that it created quick counterattack chances, which A&E smartly converted into goals.
The first goal of the evening came when Martine Miller got loose up the right side where she crossed the ball inside to Sarah Howard, who finished for a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game.
Five minutes later, the midfield broke up an offensive foray and the ball found its way to Miller, who dribbled past three defenders and blasted the ball into the upper right corner of the goal for a 2-0 lead.
A&E quickly added to its two-goal lead when Miller picked off a Danziger goal kick in the 15th minute and dribbled into the box and beat the Danziger goalie far post for a 3-0 lead it would not relinquish.
Late in the first half, Miller scored the last of her team-leading three goals when she again received the ball thanks to some aggressive defense by her midfield. She carried the ball up the right side before cutting inside and rocketing a shot that Danziger goalie Cameron Ellsworth blocked, but the ball rebounded out in front of the goal and Miller alertly poked in the loose ball for a 4-0 A&E lead.
The second half was more of the same for A&E as its midfield continuously snuffed out any chance of a Danziger goal with aggressive tackles, while Zach Evans and Carson Wooten-Stipcich each added goals to complete the 6-0 victory.
Island Animal 5, Harry's 0
Island Animal Clinic improved to 2-0 with an impressive 5-0 victory Monday, Sept. 13, over Harry's Continental Kitchens to take control of first place in Division III. Jack Titsworth led the way with two goals, while teammates William Brusso, Trevor Bystrom and Elijah Clay-Chapman each added one goal to the victory.
Jessie's 7, Pine Avenue 3
Jonah Castor poured in five goals to lead Jessie's Island Store to a 7-3 victory over Pine Avenue Store in Monday's second Division III contest. Julian Botero and Cody Johnson added to the score with a goal apiece as Jessie's improved to 1-1 on the season.
Zach Guerin notched three goals to lead Pine Avenue in the loss.
ReMax 17, West Coast Air 3
Two touchdowns and a field goal carried ReMax to a huge win over West Coast Air Conditioning in Division I action Tuesday, Sept. 14. Ben Valdivieso led the way with seven goals, while teammate Tim Villars scored four. Celia Ware notched a hat trick to go along with two goals from Broderick West.
Stephen Orlando scored two goals to lead West Coast AC, which also received one goal from Alex Wright in the loss.
Gateway 7, Island Real Estate 3
Joey Hutchinson poured in four goals to lead Gateway Solutions past Island Real Estate 7-3 Wednesday, Sept. 15, in Division II soccer action. Matt Bauer added two goals and Austin Wash added one as Gateway captured their first win of the season.
Travis Belsito notched a hat trick in his first game to lead Island Real Estate in the loss.
LaPensee 10, Mr. Bones 3
LaPensee Plumbing disposed of Mr. Bones 10-3 behind three goals from Preston Reide and two goals apiece from Cory Wash, Max Marnie and Chris Martin. Kyle Sewall added one goal for LaPensee Plumbing, which improved to 2-1 with a victory in the Wednesday, Sept. 15, Division I soccer contest.
Blake Wilson scored a pair of goals to lead Bones, which also received one goal from Billy Alstrom in the loss.
LaPensee 10, ReMax 5
LaPensee Plumbing doubled up on ReMax in a battle of high-scoring Division I teams on Thursday, Sept. 16. Preston Reide led the way for LaPensee with five goals while Max Marnie added three. Cory Wash and Kyle Sewall closed out the LaPensee scoring with one goal apiece.
Ben Valdivieso led ReMax with four goals, while teammate Tim Villars added one goal in the loss.
Surf Shop 1, Pine Avenue 1
West Coast Surf Shop received one goal from Danny Krokroskia and Zach Guerin tallied one goal for Pine Avenue Store in a 1-1 tie in Division III action on Friday, Sept. 17. The tie improves Pine Avenue to 1-1-1 on the season while the Surf Shop improves to 0-1-1.
Harry's 5, Air America 3
Elijah Toussaint and Hunter Parrish both scored a pair of goals to lead Harry's past Air America in Division III soccer action Friday, Sept. 17. Kayla Aritt added one goal to Harry's total while Air America was led by two goals from Daniel Pimentel and one goal from Christian Goulet.