Mickey Hooke shows off some of the hardware he won recently at the Florida State Senior Games in Lakeland. Islander Photo: Courtesy Kathy Johnson
Islanders take gold at FL State Senior games
Two runners with island ties took part in the Dec. 8 2012 Florida International Senior Games State Championships in Lakeland.
Islander Erma McMullen grabbed a gold medal in the 5K Road Race in her 70-74 age group. McMullen’s time of 31:19 around the paved course that circled Lake Hollingsworth was a new personal record.
Longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee Mickey Hooke also ran the 5K Road Race around the lake. Hooke posted a 17:24 to grab first place overall by more than two minutes over the next senior competitor. His finish time was the fastest 5K in the history of the race.
As if that weren’t enough for Hooke, he spent his 52nd birthday competing in the 2012 Florida Senior Games 10K Road Race in Lakeland Nov. 17. His time of 35:40 was three minutes faster then the next finisher and set a new masters and grandmasters record for the course. For his efforts, Hooke received a gold medal and a trophy.
Hooke now has more than 100 first-place finishes in Florida races since 1998, along with 55 records set in 2012. Hooke has finished in first place overall in four of the six championship races he’s run in 2012.
Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, shotgun-start mixer Dec. 11, followed by lunch in the clubhouse.
Gloria LaDue grabbed first place in Flight A with a 2-under-par 30 to edge second-place finsher Tootie Wagner by one shot. Penny Williams and Helen Pollock tied for third place with matching 33s.
Flight B went to Barb Estok, who carded a 2-under-par 30. Beatrice Friebe was alone in second with a 1-under-par 31, while Liz Lang, Terry Westby and Joyce Brown tied for third at 1-over 33.
Shue Wheeler captured Flight C with the low round of the day. She torched the course with a 5-under-par 27, a 5-shot victory over Judy Ward in second place.
Markie Ksiazek fired a 1-under-par 31 to to grab a 2-shot victory in Flight D over Sally York. Erma McMullen and Eunice Warda tied for third place with matching 35s.
Four teams emerged from pool play during Dec. 15 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. In the first semifinal, Norm Good and Karl Thomas rolled past Tim Sofran and Dom Livedoti 23-7.
The second semifinal match saw John Crawford and Bruce Munro annihilate George McKay and Steve Grossman 21-4. Good-Thomas defeated Crawford-Munro 23-11 in the finals.
Norm Good and Rod Bussey were champs for the day after being the only team to post a 3-0 pool play record during Dec. 12 horseshoe action.
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.
Register now for Gulf Coast Senior Games
Registration has begun for the 24th annual Gulf Coast Senior Games, a series of athletic competitions held in Manatee and Sarasota counties Feb. 19-24, 2013.
Sixteen sports and competitions include golf, archery, shuffleboard, basketball, bocce, bowling, cribbage, cycling, golf, horseshoes, pickleball, racquetball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, a 5K-road race and assorted track and field events.
The registration fee is $12 and includes an event T-shirt. There is a $3 fee for each event and the top-five finishers in each event advance to the Florida State Senior Games in December 2013.
Participants can register by mail or by going online at www.mymanatee.org/parks and clicking on Register Now. Registration must be completed by Feb. 1, 2013. There is no day-of-event registration.
For more information on the 24th Annual Gulf Coast Senior Games, call Jalwan at 941-742-5932, ext. 6023.