Year in review in local sports

Published: Friday, December 28, 2012 at 14:44 PM.

APRIL

•The World Fishing Network is once again hunting for the “Ultimate Fishing Town.” And Destin is in contention with the WFN describing the city as “a great example of Mother Nature at her best” — a place that boasts “more charters than you can shake a stick at.” The city picks up plenty of online votes, but after a close finish in 2011 before being beat out by two New York towns, it was hard to muster the momentum a second time.
•Bubba Watson who won the 2012 Masters Tournament Sunday after defeating Louis Oosthuizen in a sudden death playoff, is no stranger to playing along the Emerald Coast. As a matter of fact the Milton area native played off and on in the Emerald Coast Golf Tour for about five years, according to Tour Director Geno Celano of Destin.
•Thirty boats were in the hunt, but Surreel landed the big one. Gary Howard of Fort Walton Beach pulled in a 75.6-pound cobia while fishing aboard the Surreel with Capt. Jimmy Taylor to take top honors in the Hog’s Breath 12 annual Cobia Shootout.
•Capt. Don Dineen and the crew aboard the Sure Lure hauled in a 93.7 and 77.9-pounder to take the top two spots on the leaderboard in both the Crab Cruncher at Harbor Docks and the Ling-a-Palooza at Destin Fishing Fleet Marina.
•The Destin Middle School boy’s tennis team finished a perfect 9-0 season against their county opponents Meigs Middle School.

MAY

•For the second year in a row, the Destin Middle School boys golf team captured the Okaloosa County Championship at The Pines in Fort Walton Beach with a decisive 150 to 168 victory over second place Ruckel Middle School, concluding another undefeated season.
•By two strokes, the Destin Middle School girls golf team won the Okaloosa County Golf Tournament Monday at The Pines in Fort Walton Beach.
•Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission sets the 2012 season for recreational red snapper in Gulf of Mexico state waters June 1 through July 10, a total of 40 days.
•Bill Arant of Birmingham, Ala., fishing aboard the Lucky 2 with Capt. Tommy Green at the helm, pulled in an 86.5-pound cobia to take first place and $5,642.50 in cash in the Red Stripe Final F’Ling Cobia tournament at AJ’s.
•Thirteen athletes from Destin Middle School qualified for the Florida Youth Running Association Middle School State Track and Field Championship in Clearwater.
•The Destin Marlins brought home 12 awards from the Florida Youth Running Association Middle School State Track and Field Championship in Clearwater.

JUNE

•With the red snapper fishery closed since last July, captains and anglers were ready to get back at it as the season opened for the area’s signature fish. However, some trips were cut short due to rough seas.
•Destin Little Leaguer Colt Buckingham left to play with the Stealth Bombers 12U team from Georgia in a tournament at Cooperstown Dreams Park in New York.
•Sixteen boats and four kayaks weighed in 60 fish in the 2nd annual Big Mac Shoot Out on Okaloosa Island behind the Fort Walton Beach Elks Lodge No. 1795. The two-day tournament brought in $45,000, triple last year’s monies, to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida.
•With the smallest field ever — 38 boats — in the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic’s 10 years of existence, the 219 registered anglers pulled in some of the biggest fish ever. The crews, of at least 35 of the boats, braved the 7-to 9-foot seas for a share in the $575,550 purse. The big fish of the tournament came in on the Done Deal, a 783.6-pound blue marlin caught by Travis Dorland.
•The 10-year-old Destin All Stars made it to the championship game, but lost 12-0 to Niceville-Valparaiso in the Florida District 1 Little League Tournament in DeFuniak Springs.

JULY



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