Pickleball standouts, standbys fill weekly sports card
Twelve members of the Anna Maria Island Community Center Pickleball Club competed in the Florida International Senior Games and State Championships Dec. 13-15 in Estero. The group brought home a total of 10 gold and silver medals.
Pickleball is a combination of ping-pong, tennis and badminton and has been around for more than 20 years. Bob McClure and Bill Wilson competed in singles and both brought home gold medals, while Clayton Taylor earned a silver medal in men’s singles.
Jim Teasdale teamed up with McClure to win a gold medal in men’s doubles, while Taylor and Wilson brought home a silver medal.
Toni Teasdale and Barb Smith teamed up for women’s doubles and captured a gold medal, while Toni Teasdale and Gib Reffit teamed up to grab a silver medal in mixed doubles.
Among those who competed and finished out of the medals were Helen and Zoli Hartai, Simonne and Richard McGowan and Julie Taylor.
The center’s pickleball club currently has 112 members, but they’re always looking for more.
Pickleball is played Monday through Saturday at varying times. For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match in three flights Dec. 17.
Sue Little’s 2-under-par 30 gave her first place in Flight A over Joy Kaiser, who was one shot back at 1-under-par 31. Helen Pollock was alone in third with a 35.
Rita Allan fired a 4-under-par 28 to grab first place in Flight B. Sue Wheeler was one shot back in second place while Fran Barford took third with a 2-under par 30.
Markie Ksiazek and Sally Keyes both carded 2-over-par 34s to finish in a tie for first place in Flight C. Marcia O’Brien took second place with a 35.
Two teams emerged from pool play and were left to battle for the championship during horseshoe action on Dec. 21 at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Gene Bobeldyk teamed up with Bill Wright to dismantle Steve Doyle and Bob Palmer by a 23-7 score to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Bobeldyk and John Crawford were the only team to earn a 3-0 pool-play record during Dec. 18 action and were the day’s outright champions.
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, everyone is welcome.