Anna Maria Island snowbirds Dave Ingebritson of Apple Valley, Minnesota, and Don Sabol of Cleveland, fairly new golfing buddies, recently experienced some excitement on their golf outings at Timber Creek Golf Course in Bradenton.
The 67-year-old Ingebritson knocked in his first hole-in-one Jan. 15 on the 100-yard fifth hole, using an 8-iron. Six weeks later, Feb. 25, his partner on the links, Sabol, 68, got his first hole-in-one on the 100-yard ninth hole with a 9-iron shot to the cup.
Timber Creek is a nine-hole, par three course geared for players looking for a short game. The course, 4550 Timber Lane, Bradenton, butts up against the Manatee Golf Course with the Timber Lane entry from Cortez Road.
Ingebritson, a retired finance specialist for the state of Minnesota and Sabol, who retired seven years ago after working in the shipping department at Lubrizol for 39 years, met last year when they were in neighboring vacation rentals on Palm Avenue in Anna Maria.
The two men and their wives hit it off and spent time together while staying on the island — and they stayed in contact throughout the year.
Ingebritson, who comes from a golfing family, has some work to do to earn any family cred. His hole-in-one tied him for second place with his mother, while his father has managed three holes-in-one.
Ingebritson and Sabol are hoping history repeats next winter when they return to Anna Maria Island.
Adult football update
The final seedings are set as the regular season of adult flag football came to a close March 1 at the Center of Anna Maria Island.
Bins Be Clean rolled to a 35-14 victory over Cabb Cleaning to nail down the top seed, while Beach House Real Estate defeated Moss Builders 26-21 to earn second seed.
Both Bins Be Clean and Beach House earned a first-round bye. Bins Be Clean awaits either No. 4 seed Moss Builders or No. 5 seed Cabb Cleaning, who play each other in an 8:30 p.m. matchup March 8, while Beach House Real Estate takes on the winner of the 7:30 p.m. matchup — either No. 3 Beach Bums or No. 6 seed Lancaster Design.
Semifinal and championship games are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, when the champs will be crowned.
Key Royale golf news
It was another beautiful week for golf on Anna Maria Island at the Key Royale Club.
The men played a regular nine-hole, modified Stableford system match the morning of Feb. 26. Gerry Dahl earned first-place individual honors with a score of plus-6. Barry Anderson, Barry Izzard and Jim Menzies finished in a tie for second place with matching scores of plus-4.
The women got out for a nine-hole individual-low-net match Feb. 27 with a side game based on the most fives on a scorecard.
Joy Kaiser fired a 5-under-par 27 to earn top honors in Flight A. Helen Pollock took second place with a 3-under-par 29, and Pam Lowry took third with an even-par 32. Mary Lou Dreier was the top producer of fives in the flight.
Fran Barford had the low-net round of the day with a 7-under-par 25 to earn the top spot in Flight B. Marcia Helgeson was right on her heels with a 5-under-par 27, while Gloria Ladue was alone in third place with a 2-under-par 30. Sue Wheeler won the most fives contest in the flight.
Carol Duncan carded a 6-under-par 26 to win first place in Flight C. Jana Samuels was two strokes back in second, and Sharon Tarras took third place with a 1-under-par 31. Samuels, Kathy Porter and Joyce Lathrop tied for the most fives in the group.
Anne Klein’s 3-under-par 29 gave her first place in Flight D, two strokes ahead of second-place finisher Marty Clark. Eileen Witzgall took third place with a 1-over-par 33, while Kathy Miller won the most fives contest.
Forty-seven men got back on the course March 1 for a nine-hole shamble. The team of Gary Alvord, George Smith, Fred Miller and Blake Ress combined on a 3-under-par 29 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.
The team of Gary Duncan, Bob Longworth, Bob O’Brien and Gary Risner matched the 1-under-par 31 carded by Lou Pagano, Chuck Patrick, Doug Jones and Larry Pippel for a two-way second place tie.
Four teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy during Feb. 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.
The team of Gary Howcroft and Bob Lee eliminated Tom Farrington and Jerry Disbrow 24-8 while Tennessee Bob and Dan Belden edged Steve Hooper and Steve Shue 21-17. Howcroft and Lee stayed hot in the finals as they rolled to a 22-6 win over Tennessee Bob and Belden.
Three teams advanced to the knockout round during March 3 horseshoe action. The team of Bob Mason and Hank Huyghe drew the bye into the finals and watched as Myles Macleod and Dom Livedoti advanced to the finals with a 21-15 victory over Farrington and Steve Doyle. Macleod and Livedoti rolled to a 23-11 victory over Mason and Huyghe in the finals 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.