College golf will hit the Pasco area when the University of South Florida hosts the 2010 Ron Smith/USF Invitational at Lake Jovita Country Club from March 5-7. The tournament will include 24 teams from universities such as Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Xavier, Marquette, DePaul, Marshall and of course the home team, USF Bulls. The tournament will take place on the South Course and admission is free. Carts for spectators will cost $40.
For information, call Lake Jovita's pro shop at (352) 588-9200.
FLAG FOOTBALL: The Pasco County 4-on-4 Flag Football league has formed a partnership with the Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department. Teams will play at one of three different Pasco recreation complexes with the league being broken down into three regional divisions. Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex will host the Central Division on Monday nights starting March 15, while the Holiday Recreation Complex will host Southern Division games on Wednesday nights starting March 17. Hudson's Veterans Memorial Park will stage Northern Division games on Thursday nights starting March 18.
Pasco 4-on-4 is an adult league for players 18 and older. The season will culminate with the best teams from each division playing in the Pasco Cup on April 26. The league season consists of 10 games followed by regional playoffs and finally the Pasco Cup.
Teams can register at the recreation complex where they wish to play. The cost is $295 per eight person team, but individuals wishing to be placed on a team may register for $50. The registration deadline is March 11. For information, visit www.pasco4on4.com or call league director Jason Rice at (727) 992-3010.
SHOOTING: The Millennium Sertoma Club of Land O'Lakes has scheduled their fifth annual charity fund raiser with the Land O'Lakes Lutz Area Sporting Clays Shoot. The event will be held Saturday at Deer Creek Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff. Proceeds from the event will go toward building the Snoezelen Room at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Hospital in Land O'Lakes.
Entry fee is $125 per shooter. Registration is available at 8 a.m. Saturday with the competition starting at 9:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided with raffles and awards being given out at noon. Sponsorship for the event is still available. For information, call Susan Meyer at (813) 908-8411 or e-mail her at [email protected]
RACING: The 10th annual Pasco Challenge will take place at J.B. Starkey Park in New Port Richey on March 6 and will benefit the Alzheimer's Family Organization. Registration will begin at 6:45 a.m. and conclude at 7:45 a.m. with all events beginning at 8 a.m. Competitive running races include a 5K, 10K, and a 13.1 mile half-marathon. For cyclists, there will be 10K to 100K cycling tours. For walkers, a single mile walk is available. All competitive events are chip timed by road race event timing.
Registration is $30 for adults, and $15 for kids 16 or younger. Registration is available at www.active.com. For information, visit www.alzheimersfamily.org or call (727) 848-8888.
BASKETBALL: Land O'Lakes Youth Basketball Organization is holding its annual tryouts for kids in Grades 5-11 for the upcoming AAU season. Tryouts will be held at Land O'Lakes High School on March 6 and 7. Kids in Grades 5 and 6 will take place from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. March 6 and 1 to 2 p.m. March 7. Grades 7 and 8 tryout from 10:30 a.m. to noon March 6 and from 2 to 3 p.m. March 7. Ninth graders will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 6 and 3 to 4 p.m. March 7. Grades 10 and 11 will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 6 and 4 to 5 p.m. March 7. For questions prior to tryouts, e-mail [email protected]
Times correspondent David Rice can be reached at [email protected]