Sports for the new year

Four teams advanced to the knockout stage and battled for the day’s championship during Jan. 6 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits.

The first semifinal saw the team of Bob Heiger and Steve Hooper destroy Norm Good and Bob Lee 21-4, while Neil Hennessey and Tom Farrington eased past Bob Palmer and Gary Howcroft by a 26-9 score.

The Hennessey-Farrington team stayed hot and rolled to a 23-8 victory over Heiger-Hooper in the finals.

Three teams emerged from pool play during Jan. 9 action. Hooper drew the bye into the finals and watched as Tom Skoloda and Palmer defeated Lee and Jerry Disbrow 23-17. Skoloda and Palmer were not to be denied, cruising to a 22-13 victory over Hooper.

Play gets underway 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 compete and everyone is welcome.

Over on the links at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach, beautiful weather lent itself to a full week of golf, starting Jan. 4 with the men’s nine-hole modified-Stableford system match.

The team of Jon Holcomb, Jack Lowry, Art McMillan and Fred Miller combined on a plus-3 to win the team event.

Ken Butler won individual honors with a plus-5, while Ken Nagengast and Peter Lund came in a point back in second place.

The women played a nine-hole individual low-net match in three flights Jan. 5.

Roxanne Koche fired a 4-under-par 28 to cruise to a first-place victory in Flight A. Marcia Frieson took second with a 2-over-par 34, while Margrit Layh was two shots back in third.

Sue Christenson grabbed first place in Flight B with a 3-under-par 29, two strokes ahead of both Susan VanOrsdel and Meredith Slavin in second place. Connie Lavino was alone in third place with an even-par 32.

Markie Ksiazek and Terry Westby both carded 1-over-par 33s to tie for first place in Flight C. Janet Razze was alone in second with a 2-over-par 34, while Sally York and Judy Menchek were a stroke back in third place.

The team of Ken Butler, Mike Brakefield, Kurt Snouffer and Bob Blazer combined on a 4-under-par 28 to win the Jan. 7nine-hole scramble.

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