No matter who wins, this road race adds a dash of dollars to the Anna Maria Elementary School Parent Teach Organization ongoing fundraising campaign.
Approximately 180 participants arrived Jan. 13 at Anna Maria Elementary School to participate in the decade-long AME Dolphin Dash 5k race and 1-mile fun run.
It’s a family-friendly event that starts at AME, winds through the residential streets of Holmes Beach and doubles back to finish at the school.
Fifty-eight-year-old Mark Carver of Nashville was first to navigate the loop, crossing the finish line in 18:26, while 45-year-old Jennifer Rowley of Bradenton was the top overall female finisher with a time of 21:56.
Other females among the top runners include Manatee High cross country and track coach Rae Ann Darling Reed, finishing in second place overall while also taking first place in the 40+ Masters division with a time of 22:39. Susan McMillan of Wamauma finished third overall and won the 50+ Grand Masters division with a time of 23:02.
Island resident Sandy Meneley of Holmes Beach took first place in the 60+ Senior Grand Masters division, while Erma McMullen won the top spot in the 70+ Veteran age division.
Wayne Diny, a 51-year old Tampa resident, won the male 40+ Master’s division with a time of 21:50, while 56-year-old Matt McMillan of Wimauma showed it really is a family event by matching his wife’s first-place finish in the Grand Master division. Sarasota resident Karl Haas won the Senior Grand Master division with a time of 22:28, while 73-year-old Frank Davis of Rock Falls, Illinois, won the men’s veteran division with a time of 24:25.
Other noteable results include a fourth-place overall finish and second place in the 35-39 division by Islander real estate reporter Jesse Brisson. Other top islanders are Laura Doughty, who finished second in the 55-59 division; Gabriella Gilbert, who won the 10-12 division; and Jayden Sparks, who placed third in the 9-and-under division.
The race was well organized and a good time was had by all as evident by the camaraderie among race officials and participants.
To top it all off, everyone helped raise money for a good cause.
Key Royale golf news
It was another full week of golf action at Key Royale Club, starting with the men’s modified Stableford-system match Jan. 8. Larry Pippel won individual honors with a plus-5, one point ahead of second-place finishers Gerry Elson, Gary Duncan and Hoyt Miller.
Duncan and Elson’s score helped teammates Marty Hicks and Blake Ress to a combined score of plus-7 to win the team competition.
The women took the course Jan. 9 for a nine-hole, individual-low-net match in four flights.
Joy Kaiser’s 1-under-par 31 earned her first place in Flight A. Helen Pollock was alone in second with a 1-over-par 33, while Phyllis Roe and Pam Lowry tied for third with matching 34s.
Tootie Wagner’s 4-under-par 28 earned her a first-place finish in Flight B by one stroke over Carol Patterson. Penny Williams finished alone in third with a 2-over-par 34.
Jana Samuels carded an even-par 32 to win Flight C by two strokes over Carol Duncan and Connie Livanos, who finished in a tie for second place.
Amy Tripp’s 4-under-par 28 garnered her a first-place finish in Flight D. Eileen Witzgail was one stroke back in second, while Penny Auch and Beverly Neville tied for third with a 2-over-par 34.
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Four teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy during Jan. 10 horeseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
Jay Disbrow and Neil Hennessey rolled to an easy 23-9 victory over Hank Huyghe and Bob Brown, while Rod Bussey and Tim Sofran cruised past Tom Farrington and Bob Lee by a 23-8 score. Bussey and Sofran earned a trip to the winner’s circle with a 21-14 victory over Disbrow-Hennessey.
Three teams advanced to the knockout round in the Jan. 13 action. The team of Bob Palmer and Dom Livedoti drew the bye into the final and watched as Bussey and Bob Mason held off Bob Rowley 23-17. Bussey and Mason stayed hot, defeating Palmer and Livedoti 21-13 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
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.