September sports survive heat, runner blazes 30th record
Weather can’t keep a good runner down.
Whether it’s the slow season on Anna Maria Island, scorching hot weather or a slow start to the youth sports programs, September remains a slow month for sports.
But longtime Galati Yacht Sales employee and former Islander Mickey Hooke, 52 of Bradenton, is still blazing trails. He traveled Sept. 8 across the state to Hollywood Beach to compete in the 10th annual Firefighters 5K.
The race also crowns the 2013 Road Runners Club of America Florida 5K state champions and is a fundraiser for the IAFF Firefighter’s Fund and Muscular Dystrophy.
The 7 a.m. race start had about 730 competitors for what organizers call a flat-and-fast high-level competition at the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk.
Due in part to not getting the best night’s sleep and the race starting 10 minutes late, Hooke said his first mile was flat and sluggish. He was able to hold the 5:38 pace exactly through the final 2.1 miles to finish in 17:28 — good for sixth overall. Holding his pace enabled Hooke to move up three places in the final mile. And Hooke still managed to finish five seconds faster than his 2012 firefighter race performance.
Hooke was awarded the 2013 RRCA Florida 5K Grandmasters State Championship. His time of 17:28 was 1:27 ahead of his nearest grandmaster competitor, and he set a new grandmasters record for the course, and a record for the two courses in the 10-year history of the event.
Hooke was the grandmasters record holder in 2012 at 17:33.
The event marked Hooke’s 30th record this calendar year and his 19th championship title since 2000.
Horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits Sept. 11 saw Steve Doyle and Steve Grossman post the only undefeated pool-play record to earn the outright championship.
Sept. 14 horseshoe action saw two teams advance to the knockout round. Dom Livedoti and Sam Samuels rolled past Steve Doyle and Bob Heiger by a 23-11 score in the finals.
Play gets underway 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.
Key Royale golf news
The drier air that moved over the area last week made for a full week of golf at Key Royale Club, starting with a morning nine-hole, best-ball match Sept. 9. The team of Bill Shuman, Dennis Schavey and Ron Robinson combined on a net 49 to earn a three-shot victory over the team of Matt Behan, Omar Trollard and Dana Cessna.
The evening saw the men play a nine-hole, modified Stableford or quota points match that ended in a tie between Art McMillan and Jon Holcomb.
The Key Royale Club women took the course Sept. 10 for a nine-hole, low-net and low-gross golf match.
Helen Pollock carded a 9-over-par 41 to take first place in the gross score category, one shot ahead of Fran Barford.
Barford’s net score of 3-under-par 29 earned her a first-place finish — one shot over Pollock, who also had a chip-in on the second hole. Joyce Brown’s 1-under-par 31 put her in third place.
The men next played a nine-hole team scramble Sept. 12. The team of Quentin Talbert, Dave Johnston, Jon Holcomb and Barry Izzard combined to card a 6-under-par 26 to take first place.
Junior golf offered by AMICC
The Anna Maria Island Community Center is in its second year of the Bud Stokes Junior Golf Program. The classes will start the first week of October and run through December, with a second session being planned for spring.
The junior golf program is for children ages 8-14 and is broken into elementary (grades 8-10) and middle school (grades 11-14) groups.
Classes will be held 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Key Royale Club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, and at the county-owned Manatee Golf Course driving range, 6415 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton, with provided transportation leaving from Anna Maria Elementary School.
The instructional staff includes golf professionals and apprentices — all accomplished players and teachers of the game — eager for the opportunity to help junior golfers learn the game, according to the center’s press release.
To sign up or for more information, contact Ryan Hogan at 941-778-1908, ext. 9219, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.