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Sports – 04-20-2011

By Kevin Cassidy, Islander Reporter

Merritt Fineout, John Estoc, Saul Ladd and Dieter Buckhardt combined to shoot a plus-five in Key Royale Club men’s golf action April 11. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik

Larry Pippel, Lex Halakan, Ron Buck and Bill McMillen finish in a tie for first place at 5-under-par 27 in a nine-hole, team-scramble golf outing at the Key Royale Club. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik

Tim Shaughnessy sports the coveted “Green Jacket” on winning the inaugural mini-golf Master’s tournament at the Fish Hole in Bradenton Beach. Islander Photo: Courtesy Joel Early

Mini ‘Masters’ held at Fish Hole

The Fish Hole 18-hole adventure golf course on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach hosted its first “Master’s” mini-golf tournament April 10. Eighteen participants gave it their best in the 36-hole competition for the prized Green Jacket, which came complete with and Island logo.

Tim Shaughnessy won the inaugural event with an impressive 15-under-par 36-hole total against pre-tournament favorite Danny Canniff.

Canniff’s rather pedestrian effort of 12 under par was punctuated by his troubles on the final hole. There he chunked his “tee shot” into the water to end any hope of living up to his pre-tournament favorite status.

Brea Shaughnessy, who finished in third place, also had her troubles, but on the second round she finished at 9 under par.

It was all for fun, and now groundskeepers at The Fish Hole will work on growing the course rough and increasing green speeds for the upcoming U.S. Open.

Stay tuned for entry information.

Key Royale golf news

It was another busy week of golf at the Key Royale Club. On April 8, golfers played their weekly coed tourney in a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome format. The team of Don Ledford, Bob Dickenson, Tom Warda and Terry Westby combined to card a 7-under-par 25 and clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

April 7 saw the men play a nine-hole team scramble  that produced a tie for first place. The team of Larry Pippel, Lex Halakan, Ron Buck and Bill McMiller matched the 5-under-par 27 carded by Ron Harrold, John Estoc and Dean Christiensen.

The team of Peiter Thomassen, Dave Kruger, Jim Krumme and Jim McVicar combined to shoot a 25-under par 103 to win the 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match played April 12. Pete Weir and Tom Lewis teamed up with the Proxy brothers, Paul and Peter, to finish one shot back at 104.

The men played nine-hole, team- and individual-modified Stableford system or quota points game April 11. Saul Ladd carded a plus-nine to win the individual title, while also helping teammates Merrit Fineout, John Estoc and Dieter Burckhardt to capture the team title at plus five.

April 10 saw the men play a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. Chris Collins, Bob Jorgenson and Don Ledford took first place with a 13-under-par 51 to finish one shot ahead of three other teams.

An 18-hole, men’s individual- and team-low-net-golf game was played April 9. The team of Gary Harris, Jim Thorton and Bob Elliott obliterated the competition with a 1-over-par 257. The team of Jim Mixon, Gino DiClemente and Vince Mercadante were 13 shots back in second place. Mixon’s 7-under par 57 gave him first place in the individual category.

Horseshoe news

Only two teams emerged from pool play during April 16 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Hank Huyghe and Sam Samuels found themselves in a 13-13 tie with Fritz Eddigh and Rod Bussey, but closed the match out with a 9-0 run to win 22-13.

Ron Pepka and John Johnson were the only team to emerge from April 13 horseshoe action and were the day’s outright champions.

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

Got sports? E-mail Kevin@islander.org with your news.

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