There’s a new tiger on the golf course in Holmes Beach.
Golf action at the Key Royale Club this past week was highlighted by the men’s club championship. Sixteen golfers put their hats into the ring, which meant playing 36 holes of golf over two days.
Bill Brodie took the honor of club champion after carding an impressive 2-over-par 130 to knock off five-time defending champion Gary Risner by 10 shots. Risner finished second with a score of 12-over-par 140.
The tourney was close after day one as Brodie held a one-shot lead over Risner, but Brodie fired a 1-under-par 63 in his final round to win the event hands down.
In regular rounds, the men played their Monday morning modified-Stableford System match Feb. 11 and Peter Lund and Alan Tripp finished in a tie for first place after both carded plus-5s.
Lund also was part of the winning team of Bill Brodie, Dave Richardson and Terry Tarras with a score of plus-5.
The men were back on the course Feb. 14 for a nine-hole shamble. The team of Brian Comer, Marty Hicks, Alan Tripp and Nub Turner combined on a 3-under-par 29 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day.
The team of Bill Brodie, David Crabbe, Dale Hudson and Marie Taddeo finished in a tie for second with Al Carr, John Kolojeski, Gary Risner and Terry Schaefer after both carded a 1-under-par 31.
Season ends, center football playoffs start
The 8-10 division playoffs in the flag football league at the Center of Anna Maria Island kicked off Feb. 12 with a pair of first-round games, starting with No. 3 seed taking on No. 6 seed Bins Be Clean. Bins Be Clean pulled off the upset in a 24-14 ending over Slim’s Place. They will advance to the semifinals to take on No. 2 seed Progressive Cabinetry at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The second game of the night saw No. 4 seed Planet Stone take care of business with a 33-14 victory over No. 5 seed Ugly Grouper. Planet Stone will take on No. 1 seed Beach Bums in the second semifinal game Feb. 20.
Regular-season action came to a close in the 11-13 division Feb. 12-13. CABB Cleaning opened Feb. 12 with a 27-6 victory over Grooms Automotive, while Island Charms claimed a forfeit on Tyler’s Ice Cream.
CABB Cleaning wrapped up the top seed and an unbeaten regular season, edging Island Charms 19-14 in the first game Feb. 13. The final regular-season game saw Beach House Real Estate slip past Tyler’s 14-13 to wrap up the No. 3 seed and a matchup with No. 2, Island Charms, in first-round playoff action at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20. The second game has No. 4 Grooms Automotive taking on No. 5 Tyler’s Ice Cream at 8:30 p.m.
The regular season concluded in the 14-17 flag football division Feb. 13 with two games that did nothing to impact the standings. Blue Lagoon defeated Cloud Pest Control 26-12 to end the season with a 3-3 record at No. 3, while the loss ended Cloud’s season at 0-6.
The other end of the spectrum saw Ace Hardware roll to a 37-13 victory over No. 2 Island Fitness to wrap up an undefeated regular season and the No. 1 spot in the standings.
Playoff action kicks off Feb. 19 — after press time for The Islander — with Island Fitness taking on Blue Lagoon at 5:30 p.m. followed by Ace Hardware versus Cloud Pest Control.
Adult flag football rolls on
Adult flag football completed its fifth week of action with a pair of games Feb. 14 that kicked off with Gulfview Windows edging Beach House Real Estate 15-13.
The second game of the night saw Progressive Cabinetry roll to a 40-13 victory over Hashmark Sports behind four touchdowns and an extra point from Ray Gardner.
Lancaster Design won the second game by forfeit over Ugly Grouper.
The standings are pretty tight with three weeks of regular season action remaining. Lancaster Design and Progressive Cabinetry are tied atop the standings with 4-1 records, while Gulfview Windows sits at 3-2. Beach House Real Estate holds down the fourth seed with a 2-3 record, while Ugly Grouper and Hashmark Sports are both 1-4.
Action continues for the adult league Feb. 28.
Volleyball action spikes
The adult coed volleyball league at the Center of Anna Maria got underway Feb. 12 with five matches played.
Planet Stone earned a 15-25, 25-12, 15-11 victory over Solid Rock Construction in the first match of the night. Solid Rock bounced back to earn a 25-11, 25-11 win over Ugly Grouper in the second match of the evening.
Planet Stone won its second match with an easy 25-13, 25-12 win over Ace Hardware in the third round match.
The fourth match turned out to be a barnburner.
Ugly Grouper earned a 25-17 win over Freckled Fin in the first game of the match and then held on for a marathon 33-31 victory in the second game.
Freckled Fin bounced back to take a 24-26, 25-22, 15-6 victory over Ace Hardward in the final match of the evening.
Volleyball action starts at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings at the center.
Rain put a damper on Feb. 13 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City hall horseshoe pits, but play resumed Feb. 16. Three teams advanced to the knockout stage with Myles Macleod and Tom Skoloda drawing the lucky bye into the finals. The team of Steve Doyle and Tim Sofran rolled to a 22-3 victory over Jerry Disbrow and Dom Livedoti. The finals saw Doyle-Sofran jump out to an early lead and hold for a 22-14 victory to earn bragging rights for the week.
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.
Free karate classes offered
The Center of Anna Maria Island will offer free Karate classes for new students in March.
Registration is required by March 1.
The karate program is designed for all ages and skill levels, with classes led by Omar Schwanzer taking place Mondays and Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.
Regular fees will begin April 1. The costs per month will be $85 for members, $99 for nonmembers, $165 for family members and $179 for family nonmembers.
The center is at 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.
For more information, go online to centerami.org or call the center at 941-778-1908.