Summer sports short: Golf, horseshoes

You might say summer golf at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach is sizzling, with smaller groups of competitors due to the stifling heat and many of the members spending their summer up north.

The men kicked off the week’s action June 25 with a nine-hole modified Stableford-system match. Mike Gillie and Peter Murley shared clubhouse bragging rights with matching scores of plus-2.

The women took over the club June 26 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in two flights. Flight A honors were shared by Karen Mitchell and Debi Wohlers after both carded 2-under-par 30s. Jana Samuels fired a 1-over-par 33 to top Flight B.

The men were back on the course June 28 for a nine-hole four-man scramble. The team of Gerry Dahl, Mike Gillie, Jon Holcomb and Terry Schaefer combined on a 5-under-par 27 to top the day’s score.


Horseshoe news

Two teams played their way into the knockout round during June 27 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Neil Hennessey and Gary Howcroft earned the day’s bragging rights after defeating Steve Doyle 23-15. Hennessey was again in the conversation during the abreviated June 30 games. The rains came down, ending pool play after only two matches, so Hennessey, along with the team of Sam Samuels and Doyle, shared the day’s honors with 2-0 records.

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.


Register now for MAYSO

Kids ages 4-18 interested in playing in the MAYSO fall recreational soccer league are encouraged to sign up now at

Cost is $125 per player, plus a $20 volunteer fee that is reimbursed if the family completes two hours of volunteer work for the club. Registration covers a uniform — jersey, shorts and socks — field rental, FYSA registration and insurance and referee fees.

The league kicks off the week of Aug. 27 with player evaluations, while the first games kick off Oct. 6. All games are held Saturdays, while practices take place twice a week, either Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday evenings.

For more information, contact a MAYSO official at

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