Team Swordfish wins Golf Classic

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David Woods, Lewis Woods, Marty Lee and Chris Osborne are the Golf Classic’s first repeat champions. - Joe Hendricks | Sun

BRADENTON – The foursome sponsored by the Swordfish Grill won the Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island’s fourth annual Golf Classic.

Collectively, David Woods, Lewis Woods, Marty Lee and Chris Osborne shot a 54 in the 18-hole scramble-style tournament played at the IMG Academy Golf Club in Bradenton on April 4.

Team Swordfish finished the day at 18 under par and Osborne said they birdied every hole. They won $400 in cash for their efforts.

“It was a fun day. It was a good day,” Lee said.

Woods, Woods, Lee and Osborne are the Golf Classic’s first repeat winners, having also won the 2015 tournament.

Osborne also won the men’s closest to the pin award and Carol Shaffer won the ladies’ closest to the pin contest.

Bradenton Beach City Commissioner Jake Spooner was part of the Shoreline Builders’ foursome that finished second with a score of 59. Team Shoreline included co-owner Chris McNamara and Island residents Danny Canniff and Steve Leister.

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Steve Leister, Chris McNamara, Jake Spooner and Danny Canniff finished second. – Joe Hendricks | Sun

Rotarian and Holmes Beach resident David Zaccagnino and his teammates Mike Springer, Tom Sanger and Ben Sanger shot a 61.

“We were crushing the ball, but we missed some key putts,” Zaccagnino said.

While riding around the course in a golf cart, non-golfers Susanne Arbanas from the Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club and Rotarian Laurie Beppler passed out shots of Limoncello, an Italian lemon liqueur. Rotary Club Vice President Judy Rup and her passenger Susan Fernald also passed out Limoncello shots. Lisa Brakefield and her teammates from the Anna Maria branch of the Advanced Insurance Brokerage were among those who enjoyed the refreshments.

None of the more than 90 golfers who paid the $100 entry fee scored a hole in one on the par 3 third hole that would have earned them a new Volkswagen Jetta from Boast Volkswagen.

Swordfish Grill employee Nora Davis was not present, but she won The Wheelbarrow of Spirits raffled off during the awards dinner that also featured a silent auction.

The annual tournament serves as the AMI Rotary Club’s largest annual fundraiser.

“We raised over $12,000 and we still have money coming in. It was a great day, great weather, nice people and we raised money for our local projects. I wish someone would have won the car,” Rup said later in the week.