Water Festival sports off to a strong start

mmccombs@beaufortgazette.comJuly 11, 2012 

When the 57th annual Beaufort Water Festival kicks off July 13, the related sporting events will have been going on for almost two months.

And according to Water Festival sports coordinator Clark Robinson, they've been going well.

"We've had a better turnout than we've had in the past three years," Robinson said. "For every event we've held, the turnout has been great. Golf we were at capacity. For cornhole, we've got several qualifying rounds. Bowling was at capacity."

The cornhole teams advancing from the 28 teams in the qualifying rounds are: Aaron Rogers and Kyle Warren; Brad Taracuk and Dean Hawkins; Jimmy Varnes and Alex Achor; Robert deTreville and Ralph deTreville; Craig Lovette and Brandon Gray; Samuel O'Quinn and Richard Witter; Mike Hill and Rick Norris; and Matt Maichel and Nick d'Angelo.

The bowling winners were: champion: Spare Time Pro Shop (Mike Robinson, Chuck Martin, Gilbert Zapapa and Chuck Schorr); runner up: Tuesday Night Mixed 2 (Paul Adams, Walt Urbanski, Mark Triger and John Pella); and third place: Ribaut Lanes (Jerry Lewis, Roy Nyqaard, Robert Culpp and Tony Yuppus).

"We've got 23 teams in Bocce already. Badminton has grown every year, and It's going to grow this year. Croquet is going to be a success, as well. We have two tournaments, and they both are almost at capacity."

The athletic endeavors kicked off May 19 with the coed softball tournament at Parris Island. Abusement Park downed the Blue Falcons 20-5 in the championship game.

Almost a month later, Charles Duncan and Nelson Floyd won the horseshoes tournament June 16 at Live Oaks Park in Port Royal. Glenn Smith and Brian Bee were second, while Garry Lasart and Dustin Northaway placed third.

The duo of Patrick Mitchel and Reed Weatherford won the men's golf tournament June 23-24 at Fripp Island. The team of Benji Gecy and Keith Potts finished second.

Billy Chaplin and Gregg Lashley won the second flight, and Lawrence Anderson and Chris Merrick won the third flight.

Two events -- the women's golf tournament and the men's softball tournament -- were canceled. The men's softball tournament was scheduled for Father's Day.

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