Mangrove Bay Golf Course in St. Petersburg is usually packed with golfers, but it was especially packed Dec. 19 for the 23rd annual St. Nick Open. There were 180 players on the 18-hole course and the nine-hole Cypress Links Course to play in the two-man scramble tournament. The tournament raised $1,500 and the money bought Christmas gifts for 14 children in the St. Petersburg area.
"This year's tournament filled up in 45 minutes,'' tournament director Kenny Betz said. "It's a lot of fun. The recreation department identifies some needy kids in the area, and we make sure the money goes to them for Christmas presents. It's a good cause.''
The golfers played 18 holes on Mangrove and nine holes on Cypress Links. Par for the 27 holes was 99. Groups were broken into total team handicap.
The winners of the St. Nick Flight were Steve Larson and Kirk Baker (90), Rudolph Flight winners were Norm Baker and Bob Houriet (92), Frosty Flight winners were Bob Seel and Joe Ina (91), Santa Claus Flight winners were Bunzi Kinjo and Quan Tran (88), Kris Kringle Flight winners were Mark Prendergast and Bill Fogarty (98) and Grinch Flight winners were Bruce Austin and Elvis Adornato (98).
Innisbrook held its 15th annual Christmas Junior tournament Dec. 20-22. The boys 14-18 winner was Ian McConnell of Riverview, who shot a two-day total of 221. That was one shot better than Scott Smyers of Lakeland. Locally, Matt Cote of Palm Harbor shot 233. On the girls side, Heather Proctor of Silver Springs, Md., shot 229, two shots better than Madison Opfer of Plant City. Fazela Sukhu of shot 234, Michelle Butler of Palm Harbor shot 239 and Dakoda Dowd of Palm Harbor shot 239.
• The Largo Golf Course held its biweekly scramble Dec. 19. The team of Tom Shaw (Largo), Bill Arthur (St. Petersburg), Bill Hackey (Clearwater) and Peggy Bingham (Largo) won the event with a score of 12-under 50.
• The Belleair Country Club Christmas Scramble was held on the West Course on Dec. 19. The nine-hole tournament was won by the team of Ramona Williams, Barbara Lindstrom, Judie Pierce and Patty Adams, who shot 42.
The Middle School tennis challenge ended its six-week season recently at the Racquet Club of St. Petersburg. The season ended Dec. 11 with the Lutheran Church of the Cross (LCC) winning the four-team regular season. St. Paul was second, St. Raphael third and Holy Family fourth. Players on the LCC team were Ryan Hoo, Kyle Hunter, Austin Brown, Bryce Fagan, Blanchard Fagan, Harrison Potter, Chad Hunter, Savannah Pearson, Kayla Stanley, Alec Menke, Laura Waterbury, Blake Bryant, Samantha Hoo, Ellen Doyle, Sam Martin and David Sockol.
The Countryside Junior Cougars midget football team, which competed in the Florida Youth Athletic Association State Championship on Dec. 19, lost to West Kendall 22-8 and finished its season 13-1.
More senior games
The Sunrise Table Tennis Club of Clearwater had several winners in the Florida Senior Games two weeks ago. Jose Borrges won a gold medal in 65-69 men's singles, Al Palumbo was a gold medalist in the 75-79 age group, Nancy Dorsey won gold in the women's 55-59 singles, Jan Cline won gold in the 70-74 age group, Sadako Tobias won gold in the 75-79 age group. In men's doubles, Jose Borges and Ray Look won gold in the 65-69 group, John Campbell and Palumbo won the 70-74 group and Joe Cincotta and Robert Johnson won the 75-79 group. In women's doubles, Dorsey and Mardee Goldberg won gold in the 55-59 group and Tobias and Margo Lindsay won gold in the 70-74 group. In mixed doubles, Dorsey and Frank Valliant won the 55-59 group and Lindsay and Palumbo won the 70-74 group.
• Five members of Dunedin's SUN Masters Swim Team competed in the games. Nancy Durstein, 80, won six gold medals. Don Puchalski, 70, broke the state record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:56.69. Paul Polgar, 61, won four golds and a silver, Marianne Bradley, 66, won two golds, a silver and two bronze medals and Florence Delaney, 65, won silver and bronze.