Larry Pippel receives his award for playing the most rounds of golf at the April 17 Key Royale Club end-of-season awards dinner. Islander Photo: Courtesy Ed Havlik
Ben Barreda collides with Joey Thiel during Anna Maria Island Community Center Division III basketball action in the center gym. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Barry Izzard shows off his “You’ll Never Believe I Made Par” award April 17 at the Key Royale Club awards dinner. Islander Photo: Courtesy of Ed Havlik
Tori Walter looks to pass the ball during Anna Maria Island Community Center Division III basketball action at the center. Islander Photo: Kevin Cassidy
Youth basketball season starts, awards season at KRC
Key Royale golf news
It was a busy week at the Key Royale Club. There were the usual rounds of leisure golf, plus a Stag Day competition and the 43rd annual club awards dinner April 17. Trophies and plaques were awarded by club president Craig Humphreys and women’s golf chair Meredith Slavin.
Tom Nelson received the President’s Cup trophy, while Dean and Judy Christensen took honors for mixed-couples champions. Jan Turner received the women’s nine-hole championship award, while Bob Soos took home the 18-hole men’s handicap hardware. Also recognized were Ernie Hauser, champ of the men’s 75-and-over handicap tournament and men’s and women’s club champions, John Estoc and Jean Holmes.
Humphreys handed out a couple of other awards, including the “I Only Play on Days Ending in Y” award to Larry Pippel for playing more rounds of golf than other members. Barry Izzard was recognized with the “You’ll Never Believe I Made Par” award. He was presented with the tee box he destroyed on the ninth hole. Izzard’s tee shot hit the box and ricocheted backward onto the eighth fairway. A three wood, wedge and one putt produced his “methodical” par.
The men of the Key Royale Club celebrated their 43rd Stag Day April 21. This year’s spring event featured a $10,000 hole-in-one challenge sponsored by Jim Mixon Insurance. There were no holes-in-one to report among the 74 golfers.
A shotgun start by Col. Bob Elliott got things going for the stag players at 9 a.m. Club champ John Estoc captured individual low gross for the day with a 2-over-par 34, while Dick Eichorn won individual low net with a 5-under-par 27. Eichorn also was part of the team low-net winners with Larry Pippel, Tom Warda and Vince Fanton. They combined to card a 15-under-par 113. Merrit Fineout won closest to the pin on hole three, while Dick Rouse was closest to the pin on the $10,000 hole.
The men played a nine-hole, modified Stableford game April 20. The team of Bob Soos, Tim Friesen and Terry Schaffer took first place with a plus-five. Hoyt Miller won the individual title with a plus-six, one point ahead of Quentin Talbert.
The women were on the course April 19 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights. Marcia Helgeson and Jean Holmes both carded 2-under-par 30 to tie for first place in Flight A.
Helen Pollock fired a 5-under-par 27 to take first place in Flight B by four strokes over second-place finisher Ginny Nunn.
Barb Lindwall’s 2-under-par 30 gave her a two-shot win over second-place finisher Jan Turner in Flight C.
Flight D saw Trish Kruger take first place with a 2-under-par 30, two shots better than second-place finisher Sandy Burrill.
Pieter Thomassen and Don La Torre both carded 4-under-par 28 to finish in a tie for first place during a men’s nine-hole individual-low-net game April 19. Gino DiClemente, Vince Fanton, Jim Dickenson and Chet Hutton tied for second place at 3-under 29.
The men played an 18-hole individual- and team-low-net golf game April 18. Harrold McKammish, Dennis McKammish, Tom Lewis and Dick Eichorn combined to card an 18-under-par 248 to take team first place. Earl Ritchie fired a 7-under-par 57 to capture first place in the individual-low-net category.
AMICC b-ball league
The 2011 youth basketball season is under way at the Anna Maria Island Community Center. With teams in five age groups ranging from 5-17 years of age, there’s league basketball action almost every night at the center.
The action got started in Division III for players age 8-9 when Cortez Kat Charters took on Agnelli Pool Service. Agnelli opened up a 2-0 lead on a Ben Barreda basket, but never led again as Zach Fernandes dominated, scoring 10 points in a row to give Cortez a 10-2 halftime lead.
Agnelli Pool went on an 8-2 scoring run led by four points from Luke Marvin and two points apiece from Conal Cassidy and Barreda, but Joey Theil scored 10 points and Fernandes added four points and four assists to close the game out with Cortez Kat Charters on top 24-10.
Ross Built defeated Beach Bistro 32-18 in their season opener in Division II for ages 10-11. Twins Jake and Andrew Ross scored 12 points apiece to lead Ross Built, which also received six points from Luke Valadie and two points from Ethan Helvey in the victory.
Matt Manger-DeNigris scored six points to lead the Bistro, which also received five points apiece from Michael Latimer and Trent Boring. Jordan Cooley’s two points rounded out the scoring for Bistro in the loss.
Walter & Associates earned a 41-34 victory over A Paradise Realty in the Division I age 12-13 opener behind 19 points from Nehimiah Goode and 16 points from Moriah Goode. Seth Walter added four points and brother Jack finished with two points to round out the Walter scoring.
Justin Aracena scored 15 points to lead Paradise, which also received 13 points from Cameron Brauner. Reese Helvey and Montana Modderman each added two points in the loss.
Five teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for first place during April 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits.
The first round produced a couple of blowouts punctuated by Gene Bobeldyk’s and Tom Rhodes’ 21-0 win over Ron Pepka and Carl Samuelson. Herb Puryear and Bruce Muro rolled past Jeff Moore
21-4 in their first-round match. Puryear and Munro drew the bye into the finals and watched as Rod Bussey and John Crawford easily defeated Bobeldyke and Rhodes 21-12.
The final was another blowout as Bussey-Crawford rolled past Puryear-Munro 21-4.
Three teams qualified for the playoffs April 20 with Herb Puryear and Bruce Munro earning the bye into the finals. Gene Bobeldyk and Marvin Gangemi defeated Dave Lansaw and Rod Bussey 21-9 to advance to the finals. Bobeldyk-Gangemi defeated Puryear-Munro 22-15 to claim the day’s bragging rights.
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.
Anna Maria Island Community Center Basketball League schedule
Instructional Division (ages 5-7)
April 29 6 p.m. WCAC vs. Coastal Orthopedic
April 30 1 p.m. Beach Bums vs. WCAC
Division III (ages 8-9)
April 29 7 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. Kat Charters
April 30 12 p.m. Oyster Bar vs. Agnelli Pool
Division II (ages 10-11)
April 27 6 p.m. Connie’s vs. Southern
April 29 8 p.m. Bistro vs. Connie’s
April 30 10 a.m. Ross Built vs. Sandbar
Division I (ages 12-13)
April 27 7 p.m. Walter vs. Eat Here
April 30 11 a.m. Holy Cow vs. Eat Here
Premier Division (ages 14-17)
April 27 8 p.m. Dips vs. Ralph’s