Center games again canceled, but horseshoes, golf play on

Due to the recent jump in COVID-19 cases, including one at the Center of Anna Maria Island, the center again closed.

Sports schedules won’t be updated until the center is up and running again — possibly July 13.


Key Royale golf news

The men played their Monday morning modified-Stableford system match to kick off golf action June 29 at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.

Ken Nagengast carded a plus-6 to earn clubhouse bragging rights for the day. Art McMillan was alone in second place with a plus-4.

The women played a nine-hole individual low-net match in two flights June 30 that saw Helen Pollock fire a 1-under-par 31 and first place in Flight A by a stroke over Ellen Boin.

Flight B saw Lauren White take first place with a 3-over-par 35. Laura O’Donnell was two strokes back in second place.

The men were back on the course July 2 for a shamble with two scores recorded per foursome.

The team of Bill DiMenna, Jon Holcomb, Chuck Patrick and Quentin Talbert fired a 2-under-par 62 to take the prize for the day.

The team of Mike Cusato, John Kolojeski, Art McMiollan and Ken Nagengast were alone in second place at 2-over-par 66.

The week on the links concluded with a Fourth of July “step aside” handicap scramble July 3, where after the initial drives by all members of the foursome, the player whose shot is deemed the best “steps aside” and doesn’t attempt a shot. This protocol is followed until the ball is put into the hole.

The team of Mike Pritchett, Chuck Patrick, Heather Pritchett and Penny Williams combined on a 19.25, almost 13-under-par based on their handicap.

The team of Jana Samuels, Anne Klein, Ken Nagengast and Tom Nelson was alone in second place with a score of 19.50. Third place went to the team of Kathy Morgan-Johnson, David Johnson, Kurt Snouffer and Matt White with a score of 19.75.

Other notables include Peter Murley and Debi Wohlers winning the longest drives, while Charlie Porter took home the prize for closest-to-the-pin.

Straightest drive went to Al Kaiser and Ellen Boin.

Following play, members enjoyed a holiday cookout, including burgers, dogs, french fries, baked beans and red-white-and-blue cake for dessert.


Horseshoe news

Two teams emerged from pool play and battled for the day’s supremacy during July 1 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The team Bob Heiger and Jerry Disbrow rolled to a 22-10 victory over Tim Sofran and Neil Hennessey to win the day’s proceedings.

Three teams advanced to the knockout stage at the July 4 games. Gary Howcroft and Heiger drew the lucky bye into the finals and watched as Disbrow and Sofran advanced to the finals with a 22-10 victory over brothers Dave and Neil Hennessey.

Disbrow and Sofran ran out of gas in the finals, dropping a 21-6 decision to Howcroft and Heiger, giving them bragging rights for the day.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Anna Maria pits. Warmups begin a 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play. Everyone is welcome.


No short-season for Bradenton Marauders

Minor League Baseball finalized its decision to cancel the 2020 season.

So a season will not take place for the Bradenton Marauders, a Class A Advanced affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates with home standing at LECOM Park in Bradenton.

There had been talks of an abbreviated season.

The Marauders, on, issued a statement: “While this is a sad day for all of us, the wellbeing of our players, staff, fans and partners has been and continues to be paramount.”

The team will be reaching out to its corporate partners and season ticketholders.

The statement concluded, “Be well and stay safe.”  — Lisa Neff