Surf festival benefits National Kidney Foundation
Avid players of pickleball at the Anna Maria Island Community Center gather at the net after a recent session. Pictured are, left to right, Elizabeth Fahringer, Barbara Smith, Mark Deur, Marge Ignatius, Toni Teasdale, Bob Taylor, Beppy Bongers, Mike Neal, Penny Williams, Jim Teasdale and Maria Taylor. Player Bob Taylor, 78, invites anyone interested to attend a game, learn to play and enjoy the indoor sport — first time, no charge. Contact the Center, 941-778-7978, for more information.
The 23rd Cocoa Beach Surf Company NKF Pro-Am Surf Festival is set for Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, at Alan Shepard Park in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Up to 800 professional and amateur surfers, along with an expected 20,000 spectators will gather at the beach to watch the competition and listen to musical entertainment.
Some of the nation’s best surfers will be competing in the event, which will feature new events like tandem surfing and kite surfing.
The weekend is packed with events including the Taste of Brevard & Silent Auction from 6:30-11:30 p.m. on Aug. 31. In addition, there is the Mar Chiquita bikini contest each day along with food and drink vendors on the beach.
The contest is the brainchild of twins and former Islanders, Richard and Phil Salick. They initiated the festival following Richard’s first kidney transplant, the first known among twins, and both continue to work with the foundation. Rich has since received kidney donations from two other siblings.
To sign up as a competitor or for more information, call the National Kidney Foundation of Florida at 1-800-927-9659 or 321-784-5661. You can also visit the Surf Festival website at www.kidneyfla.org.
Key Royale golf news
There was a ton of golf action at the Key Royale Club over the past two weeks.
The men played a nine-hole, low-net-of-partners game on July 29. The team of Jim Finn and Jerry Brown combined to card a 2-under-par 62 to edge second-place finishers Don Ledford and Bob Jorgensen by one shot.
The men’s 18-hole, individual-low-net game on July 30 was captured by Chris Collins with a 3-under-par 59. Bob Jorgensen finished in second with an even par 64.
Aug. 1 saw the club play its monthly mixed-handicapped scramble. The team of Shirley Cessna, Dana Cessna, Craig Humphrey and Jane Winegarden shoot 16.8 to claim first place by two shots. Second place went to the team of Marky Ksiazek, Adam Ksiazek, Rose Slomba and Bob Kral. The team of Dick Grimme, Nancy Grimme, Jim Dunne and Richard Westby finished in third with a 22.9.
Chuck Reed and Frankie Smith-Williams won the closest-to the-pin contest on holes three and eight.
Rose Slomba managed consecutive chipins on holes eight and nine, while Jane Winegarden and Dick Grimme had chipins as well.
The men teed it up for an 18-hole, low-net-of-partners game on July 23. The team of Bob Kelly and George Womble combined to shoot a 6-under par 122 to edge the team of Bob Kral and Vince Mercadante by two strokes. Third place went to the team of John Atkinson and Dick Grimme with a 2-under 126.
The men played a nine-hole, individual-low-net game on July 21 with Richard Westby carding the low score of the day with a 4-under-par 28. One shot back in second place was Russ Olson, while Earl Huntzinger, Vince Mercadante and Jerry Brown tied for third with 2-under-par 30s.
The women and men played together on July 18 in a best-ball-of-foursome game. The competition was fierce as three teams came in tied for first place. The team of Jerry Brown, Joyce Brown, Don Ledford and Jim Finn carded a 9-under-par 23 to match the score of Teddy Morgan, Al Morgan, Rose Slomba and Peter Proxy. The team of Terry Westby, Matt Behan, Larry Fowler and Paulette Proxy also managed a 23 to share bragging rights for the day. Fowler, Westby, Jeanette Cashman, Earl Huntzinger and Joyce Brown all had chipins on the day.
Three out of four teams posted 2-1 pool-play records during July 30 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. At the end of the day, walker Larry Livrago dominated a pair of playoff opponents to claim bragging rights. Livrago defeated the team of Debbie and Tom Rhodes 22-6 in the semifinals before dispatching brothers Jay and Jerry Disbrow 23-3 in the finals.
The July 26 games saw the team of George McKay and Jerry Bennett emerge as the day’s outright champions after fashioning the only undefeated pool-play record.
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 to play and everyone is welcome.
Video gamer’s challenge
Video gamers who think they rule will have a chance to prove themselves Aug. 12 when the Anna Maria Island Community Center puts on another Video Gamer’s Challenge:
Players in the challenge will battle for the championship title and a first place prize.
The competition will take place Aug. 12-15 with the finals on Aug. 16 in the Center Gym on a 20-by-10-foot projection screen.
Registration ends Aug. 8, so hurry. There is an entry fee for members of $10 and $12 for nonmenbers.
In June the Center had the Madden 08 Challenge, now they’re looking for suggestions for another challenge. What’s your game? Call the Center, 941-778-1908, ext. 9207 and let them know.