Spring comes to AMI with golf, horseshoe championships
The annual Anna Maria Island horseshoe pitching tournament was held March 18 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Class A horseshoe pitching winners were Rod Bussey, Sam Samuels and Leo Hutton. Bussey slid past Samuels 21-19 to grab the top spot. Bussey threw 61 ringers on the day, finishing with a 31.8 percent ringer percentage.
Bob Palmer took first in the Class B with a 21-16 victory over second-place finisher Adin Shank, while Tim Sofran finished in third place. Palmer threw 38 ringers on the day and finished with 20 percent ringers.
In regular horseshoe action March 27, two teams advanced from pool play with 3-0 records and battled it out for bragging rights. The team of John Johnson and Dom Livedotti rolled past Hank Huyghe and John Crawford 22-13 to grab first place.
The March 30 horseshoe games saw three teams advance to the knockout round. John Crawford and Bruce Copeland drew the bye into the finals and watched as Dom Livedotti “walked” past Bob Lee and Norm Langeland 23-10 to advance to the finals. Livedotti cruised to victory over Crawford and Copeland by a 23-16 score.
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 and everyone is welcome.
Pirates help center score
The Pittsburgh Pirates came March 11 to the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria, to dedicate a new scoreboard on the baseball-soccer fields.
The Pirates Charities awarded a matching grant to the center to replace the old scoreboard. Jackson Hayes, a young player in the center’s spring baseball league, raised the most money to match the center’s sign grant.
The Pirates also gave a grant to the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization earlier in the year, which was used to purchase four sets of soccer goals.
Kudos to the Pirates organization for its generosity to our community.
Key Royale golf news
Diane Miller edged Laura Purcell 1-up to win the 2013 Key Royale Club women’s championship title March 18. The women were all square after 16 holes, but Miller won the 17th hole and then halved on the 18th to close out the round.
Mike Selby earned a hard-fought 1-up victory March 20 over Dale Hudson to capture the year’s KRC men’s handicap championship.
The members teamed up for a two-best-balls-of-threesome match March 28. The team of Sue Little, Sandy Burill and Jim Dunne combined on an 11-under-par 53 to grab a one-shot victory over the team of Penny Auch, Nel Bergstrom and Carl Voyles.
The men played a nine-hole team scramble March 27. The team of Greg Shorten, Rich Pappini, Quenten Talbert and Gerry Dahl combined on a 4-under-par 28 to take first place over three teams that finished at 3-under 29.
The men played an 18-hole, individual-low-net match March 26. Dick Eichorn carded a 7-under-par 57 to grab a one-shot victory. Al Kaiser was one shot back at 6-under-par 58, while Andy Barber finished in third place at 59.
Cold weather March 26 was not enough to keep 32 KRC women from the links. They played a nine-hole, individual-low-net-match in four flights.
Jean Holmes rode a birdie on the sixth hole to a 4-under-par 28 to take first place in Flight A by two shots. Helen Pollock was alone in second place with 2-under-par 30.
Liz Lang’s 3-under-par 29 gave her a one-shot victory in Flight B over Joyce Brown, Sue Little and Kris Landkammer, all of whom finished at 1-under-par 31.
Maryanne Kaemmerlen shot a 1-under-par 31 in Flight C to grab a one-shot win over Sue Wheeler at even-par 32.
Donna Karycki fired a 3-under-par 29 to take first place in Flight D. Sally Keyes and Joanne Ozdych both carded 1-under-par 31s to finish in a tie for second.
Sue Hookem had the lowest amount of putts of the day with 13.
The men played a low-net-of-partners match the morning of March 25, and were led by the team of Dave Krueger and Dave Lindewall with 5-under-par 59. Fred Meyer and Chet Hutton were two shots back in second place, while Ron Robinson and Ron Pritchard took third place with a 2-under-par 62.
The men got together again in the evening to play a nine-hole, modified Stableford-system match. Hoyt Miller took first place in the individual competition with a plus-3 to edge Ed Havlik and Art McMillan who tied for second place at plus-2.