Horseshoes, golf continue in big chill

Four teams emerged from pool play before the big chill with 3-0 records during Dec. 23 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria horseshoe pits and battled for the day’s bragging rights in the playoffs.

The first semifinal match saw Tim Sofran and Jerry Disbrow advance after edging past Adin Shank and Gene Bobeldyk by a 23-20 score while team Bob — Lee and Palmer — cruised past Tom Farrington and Neil Hennessey 21-7.

Team Bob stayed hot as they took out Sofran and Disbrow 22-5 to earn bragging rights for the day.

On a rather chilly Dec. 26 morning, Palmer teamed up with Tom Skoloda to post the lone 3-0 record in pool play to earn the day’s outright championship before leaving the pits with cold fingers and toes.

Play gets underway at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits with warmups at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

The pleasantly cool weather of the week past brought out the Key Royale members for a full week of action at the Holmes Beach golf course. The men got things started Dec. 21 with a nine-hole modified Stableford-system golf match.

Brian Comer fired a plus-5 to outlast a trio of golfers for first place. Greg Shorten, Terry Tarras and Bill Shuman shared second place after they all finished in a tie at plus-4.

Comer was also part of the winning team that forged a plus-6 and included Earl Ritchie, Quentin Talbert and Joe Tynan.

The women played a nine-hole individual-low-net match Dec. 22 in three flights.

Roxanne Koche fired an even-par 32 to grab first place in Flight A, while Ellen Boin’s 2-under-par 30 gave her first place in Flight B. Terry Westby also finished with a 2-under-par 30 for first place in Flight C.

The week’s organized tournaments concluded Christmas Eve morning with the men playing a nine-hole scramble, which saw the team of Tom Lewis, Greg Shorten, John Solar and Quentin Talbert combine on a 5-under-par 27 to earn the day’s bragging rights.


Register opens for Mayso

Registration for the spring season of the competitive league of the Manatee Area Youth Soccer Organization is underway.

The cost for the season is $125 plus a $50 deposit. The deposit is due on registering for the season.

After player evaluations and assignment to a team, the $125 registration fee comes due. The $50 deposit is refunded upon completion of two hours of service for the club.

Evaluations are scheduled for the week of Feb. 8-11 at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton, with practices starting up Feb. 22 and the first games are scheduled for March 6.

For more information, visit or email the club at