Members of the Bradenton Trailer Estates horseshoe pitchers descended on the island to take on the local AMI pitchers Feb. 25. More than 40 players stepped up for the tournament challenge.
The locals successfully defended their home turf, er clay, opening up an early lead and holding on to win the daylong contest 33-15.
Tournament chair Bob Lee reported, “It was an enjoyable event and we extended our area horseshoe pitcher friendships.”
Brooks Nelson of Trailer Estates added, “I even found that one of the AMI horseshoe pitchers lived less than 5 miles from my home in New York.”
With the Trailer Estates group winning the first meeting on their turf a few months back by 18-14, odds are the Feb. 25 match won’t be the last time these two groups face off in the pits.
In regular horseshoe action Feb. 27 at the Anna Maria pits, three teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy. The team of Dom Livedoti and Bob Palmer drew the bye into the finals and watched as Tom Skoloda and Al Booker eliminated Jerry Disbrow and Jim Waller by a 21-18 score.
The championship match was a tight affair until a double ringer by Al Booker punctuated a 26-16 victory for Booker-Skoloda.
The March 2 games also saw three teams advance to the knockout stage. The bye went to Gene Bobeldyk and Rod Bussey, who watched Bob Mason and Del Reese advance to the finals on the strength of a 21-11 victory over Myles Macleod and Adin Shank. The Bobeldyk-Bussey team won the day’s bragging rights with a 22-20, come-from-behind victory over Mason-Reese.
Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays 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.
On the links
Action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach got started Feb. 25 with the men playing a nine-hole modified-Stableford system golf match. Individual honors went to Mike Pritchett, who carded a plus-4 to edge Tom Solosky and Bill Shuman, both at plus-3.
Solosky was part of the winning team of Buddy Foy, Larry Pippel and Larry Solberg that finished at plus-6.
The women got out on the course Feb. 26 for a nine-hole individual-low-net match in four flights.
Helen Pollock rode a chipin on the eighth hole to a 1-under-par 31 to earn first-place honors in Flight A by one stroke over Phyllis Roe. Barb Krueger was alone in third place on a 1-over-par 33 round.
Barb Estok won Flight B with a 5-over-par 37 by one shot over second-place finisher Carol Duncan.
Jan Turner carded a 3-under-par 29 to earn top honors in Flight C. Connie Livanos finished in second place with a 1-under-par 31, while Fran Barford was alone in third with an even-par 32.
Terry Westby fired a 3-under-par 29 to grab first place in the Flight D, followed by Marty Clark and Sue Powers in a tie for second place with matching even-par 32s. Ellen Boin finished with a 1-over-par 33 that included a chipin on the seventh hole.
Flag football news
Heavy rains that descended on the area put a damper on the Center of Anna Maria Island flag football league playoffs, forcing games to be rescheduled to Wednesday, March 6.
No. 1 CABB Cleaning will take on No. 4 seed Grooms Automotive in the 11-13 division semifinal at 5:30 p.m. with the winner taking on No. 3 Beach House Real Estate in the championship game at 7:30 p.m.
The 8-10 division championship game between No. 1 Beach Bums and No. 2 Progressive Cabinetry is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. March 6.
The 14-17 championship game will culminate the evening at 8:30 p.m. as No. 1 ACE Hardware takes on No. 3 seed Blue Lagoon.
The weather didn’t affect the adult flag football league, but having enough players to field a team did. Hashmark Sports won by forfeit over Beach House Real Estate, and Ugly Grouper won by forfeit over Gulfview Windows.
Progressive Cabinetry rolled to a 33-13 victory over Lancaster Design to improve to a league best 5-1 mark. The loss dropped Lancaster Design into second with a 4-2 record, just ahead of Gulfview Windows, which sits at 3-3. Beach House Real Estate, Ugly Grouper and Hashmark Sports fill out the standings, all with 2-4 marks.