The men’s senior handicap match-play golf tournament was played over the course of four weeks at the Key Royale Club with the final match April 4. Eighteen players were whittled down to Jim Auch and Jere Rice going mano a mano. Auch prevailed, defeating Rice three and one to earn the crown of Key Royale Club’s senior champ.
Another special tourney, the annual Key Royale Club men’s President Cup, took place with 44 players March 28.
Chet Hutton earned first-place honors with a 7-under-par 25, one stroke better than second-place finisher Mike Gillie. Auch and Gary Silke finished in a tie for third place with matching 5-under-par 27s.
Barry Izzard won the closest-to-the-pin competition on the eighth hole, putting it at 10 feet, 3 inches of the hole. Silke won longest drive from the gold tees, while Terry Tarras won the long drive from the blue tees.
Competitors celebrated in the clubhouse with beverages, pizza and chicken wings.
The women got out on the course April 17 for a nine-hole individual low-net match in four flights.
Judy Christensen fired a 3-under-par 29 to roll to a three-shot victory in Flight A. Jean Holmes was alone in second at even-par 32, while Pam Lowry took third with a 2-over-par 34.
Sue Christenson captured Flight B with a 2-under-par 30, two strokes ahead of second-place finisher Connie Livanos.
Flight C was ruled by Beth Lindeman, who carded a 3-under-par 29. Jana Samuels took second place with an even-par 32, while Roxanne Koch was two shots back in third.
Markie Ksiazek survived a card off with Sally York to break a tie for first place after both players shot a 3-over-par 35.
The men were returned April 18 for their annual Spring Stag Day with 56 players participating in the golf and lunch that followed.
Andy Barber, Chet Hutton and Bob O’Brien all carded 3-under-par 29s to share the best low-net scores, while O’Brien and Larry Pippel tied for the best low-gross score.
Hutton, Buddy Foy, Scott Mitchell and Pippel combined on a 1-under-par 127 to finish in a tie with Jim Auch, Gerry Elson, Dale Hudson and Dave Kruger for the best team low-net score.
Silke won the long drive from the gold tees, while Tarras won from the blues. Greg Shorten had the closest to the pin on the third hole, while Pippel won it on the eighth hole. Art Hibbs had the longest first putt to round out the stag day winners.
Youth basketball season ends
Beach Bums defeated Slim’s Place 46-43 in the April 17 championship game of the youth basketball league at the Center of Anna Maria Island.
Brock Soletti poured in 22 points to lead Beach Bums, which also received 7 points from Connor Ludwig and 6 points from Matt Spiedel. Evan Christenson and Jeremiah Sculco completed the scoring for Beach Bums in the victory with 4 points each.
Tyler Brewer scored 12 points and David Daigle added 10 points to lead a balanced Slim’s Place offense, which also received 8 points from Bryce Higgins. Tuna McCracken added 6 points and Travis Bates finished with 2 points in the loss.
Blue Lagoon edged Bins Be Clean 16-11 in the third-place game behind a game-high 7 points from Ben Barreda. Jackson Hayes chipped in 4 points and Ken Nieding finished with 3 points in the victory.
Anthony Nguyen led Bins Be Clean with 5 points, while Sean Kelly and Jiles Kirkland finished with 4 and 2 points respectively.
Adult soccer completes third week
After three weeks of adult soccer action at the center, only one team has an unblemished record. Legler & Flynn Law is atop the standings with a perfect 3-0 record as Sato Real Estate and Lancaster Design follow closely behind with matching 2-1 records. Moss Builders holds down fourth place with a 1-1-1 record, while fifth and sixth place are occupied by Acqua Aveda and Ross Built with 1-2 records. Slim’s Place is alone in seventh place with an 0-2-1 mark, while Mar/Kis Insurance is holding down eighth place on an 0-2-1 record.
The April 19 “action” got started with Moss Builders getting a win for just showing up. Opponent Acqua Aveda didn’t have enough players to field a team, giving Moss the forfeit victory.
Lancaster Design showed why they’re a contender in the second match, earning a 6-2 victory over Slim’s Place behind two goals each from Danny Anderson and Greg DeMeuse. Sumiko Chipman added a goal and an assist and Michael Lewis scored a goal to round out the offense. Goalie Trey Horne helped hold the lead with seven saves in the victory.
Andre Lewis and Rico Beissert led Slim’s with a goal each and Will Case made six saves in the loss.
Ross Built rolled to a 5-2 victory over Mar/Kis Insurance in the third match of the night behind a pair of goals from Omar Polar and a goal and an assist from Chris Culhane. An own goal and a single tally from Monica Simpson rounded out the score for Ross, which also received five saves from Rob Marshall.
Kris Yavalar and Tony Morales scored a goal each to lead Mar/Kis Insurance, which also received five saves from Mario Prino in the loss.
The final game of the evening saw first place Legler & Flynn Law roll to a 6-1 victory over Sato Real Estate behind two goals each from Sean Flynn and Amy Ivin. Jeremais Gramajo and Shay Coleman each added a goal, while Chris Le Clainche and Blair Schlossberg both notched assists in the win.
Damir Glavan scored the lone goal in the loss for Sato Real Estate on an assist from Eliza Faillace.
April 18 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits produced three teams that advanced to the knockout stage. Walker Bob Rowley drew the bye into the finals and watched as Bob Lee and Ron Slaugh outlasted Myles Macleod and Adin Shank 21-18. Lee and Slaugh cruised to a 23-10 victory over Rowley to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Hank Huyghe walked his way to the winner’s circle during April 21 action after earning the lone 3-0 record during pool play.
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.