Recapping the week’s golf, horseshoe competitions

’Twas the week before Christmas and organized sports news on Anna Maria Island was scarce.

But the beautiful fall-like weather produced a full winter week of golf action at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, starting with the men challenging in a nine-hole, modified-Stableford-system match Dec. 14.

Ken Butler earned clubhouse bragging rights in the individual competition with a score of plus-6 and a 2-point victory over Ken Nagengast and Joe Tynan, who both finished at plus-4 in a tie for second place.

The women played a nine-hole individual-low-net match in three flights Dec. 15.

Roxanne Koche carded a 1-over-par 33 to grab first place in Flight A. Jana Samuels was one stroke back in second.

Susan Van Orsdel took first place in Flight B with a solid, 2-under-par 30 to give her a two-stroke victory. Jan Turner, Barbara Estok, Sue Christenson and Pam Alvord finished in a four-way tie for second at even-par 32.

Laney Davis had a low-net round at 3-under-par 29, giving her first place in Flight C. Janet Razze was alone in second with a 1-under-par 31.

Terry Taylor made her round memorable with a chipin on the sixth hole.

The men were back on the course Dec. 17 for a nine-hole shamble — a competition that takes the three best scores from a foursome.

The team of Bill DiMenna, Tim Donner, Debi Richardson and Greg Shorten took first place with a score of 6 over par. Mike Gillie, Jon Holcomb, Larry Solberg and Terry Tarras finished one stroke back.

Meanwhile, in Anna Maria, horseshoe action Dec. 16 at the city hall pits was short and sweet. The team of Gary Howcroft and Tom Farrington posted the lone 3-0 record during pool play to earn the day’s outright championship.

Two teams advanced to the knockout stage during the Dec. 19 games. Farrington was back in the mix, this time teamed up with Bob Palmer, but Bob Lee and Jerry Disbrow had other plans, cruising to a 23-14 victory and earning bragging rights for the day.

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

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

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