Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Bob Ray Bocce Tournament


First place winners, from left: Jim Guilford, Jerry Leeman, Peter Pareene, and Connie Devito. Submitted Photos

First place winners, from left: Jim Guilford, Jerry Leeman, Peter Pareene, and Connie Devito. Submitted Photos

Stop by Mackle Park and see firsthand how bocce’s popularity has continued to grow each year. There you may find a group of residents who play every single day year round, when the Marco Island weather permits. Luckily, living in paradise allows for many days of outdoor fun playing bocce at Mackle Park.

In addition to the Italian-American Society of Marco Island, many condo associations have teams. As popularity grows, more and more teams have been formed. New this year is the Marco Island Bocce League, which has kept the four bocce courts busy from 8 AM to 8:45 PM, Monday through Friday.

Second place winners from Island Walk, from left: Freddie Hill, Tony Romano, Angela Icarri, and Anna Maglio.

Second place winners from Island Walk, from left: Freddie Hill, Tony Romano, Angela Icarri, and Anna Maglio.

The players have become very sophisticated in their play, which means their skills have improved. They enjoy the healthy competition. Their competitiveness and improved skill set may be attributed to their love of the game. Bocce has the added benefit of positive socialization.

More that 100 people attended the recent Italian-American Society Bob Ray Memorial Bocce Tournament, which is co-sponsored by the City of Marco Island’s Parks and Recreation Department. Sixteen teams signed up for the tournament, which is the maximum.

Third place winners from left: Gino Pasquinelli, Lilia Pasquinelli, Guilia Chiappini, and Joe (last name not provided).

Third place winners from left: Gino Pasquinelli, Lilia Pasquinelli, Guilia Chiappini, and Joe (last name not provided).

The tournament and trophy are dedicated to the memory of Bob Ray, an Italian American member, loved by the Marco Island community. His friend and fellow player, Jerry Leeman designed and sculpted the trophy, who by the way, was on the team winning first place.

Fourth place winners, from left: Carmelo Curto, Nick Gentile, and Pete Maglio (Caroline Hill not pictured).

Fourth place winners, from left: Carmelo Curto, Nick Gentile, and Pete Maglio (Caroline Hill not pictured).

 

 

 

 

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