First hole-in-one puts golfer on cloud nine

PORT RICHEY — Tom Basnett celebrated his first hole-in-one Saturday as he conquered the par-3, fifth hole at Summertree Golf Course off State Road 52.

"You couldn't have busted my bubble for anything," said Basnett, 47, who has played golf for four years. "I've only birdied that hole twice and that was a long time ago. I thought I'd only ever get close to a hole-in-one.

"Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, so the times I've come close to it didn't mean much. But I was ecstatic when I got this one."

GOLF: The second annual Larry Crosby golf tournament will be at Silverado Golf and Country Club at 1 p.m. Saturday. Registration will begin at noon. The tournament will be in four-person scramble format and will cost $50 per person. Proceeds will go to the Larry Crosby Fund, which benefits the families of children who cannot afford the expenses associated with church camps, mission trips and retreats. For information or to register, call Jerry Tadlock at (813) 782-5645 or e-mail youth.fumc@verizon.net.

MORE GOLF: The Harvester United Methodist Church's "Methodist Men" will hold their first Golf Challenge on Sept. 24 at The Groves Golf and Country Club. The start time is 12:30 p.m. and will be in a shotgun format. Players will check in between 11 a.m. and noon. Registration is $60 per person and includes green fees, cart, dinner and prizes. There will also be chipping and putting contests and longest drive competitions. To register or for information, contact the church at (813) 948-2311. Proceeds will benefit the missions of the church.

WRESTLING: The Victory Wrestling Association is having a fundraising event Saturday at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center to raise funds for the "Open Arms Scholarship" fund. The scholarship fund provides New Port Richey kids from low income families with an annual membership to the recreation center. Doors open at 7 p.m., bell time is at 8 p.m. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For information, call the VWA at (727) 434-0686.

GRAND OPENING: All Sports Arena in New Port Richey will have a Grand Opening Community Event from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The event is aimed at providing fun for families and children with activities including a bounce house, dunk tank, music, kids' games, food, drinks, music, Tampa Bay Lightning representatives, raffles, giveaways and more. All Sports Arena is a sports center that hosts children's and adult activities including inline hockey, soccer, lacrosse, ball hockey, and more. All Sports Arena is at 7716 Rutillio Court in New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 845-7808 or e-mail owner Matt Garry at mgarry3@tampabay.rr.com

BOWLING: Charity Bowl will be on Sept. 17 at Lane Glo Bowl on Old County Road 54 to benefit the Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation. Registrations will be at 6:30 p.m. with dinner served at 7:30 p.m. and bowling commencing at 8 p.m. Corporate sponsorships are available at a cost of $800, which includes tickets for four teams, dinner, advertising on every lane monitor for one year at two bowling alleys and door prizes. The lane sponsor package is $150 and provides for four bowlers, dinner and door prizes. Individual bowler tickets are $40 each. There will be contests, prizes and trophies for participating teams. For details, call the Sertoma Foundation's office at (727) 834-5479.

To submit information on community sports events, contact David Rice at davidrice83@gmail.com.

First hole-in-one puts golfer on cloud nine 09/08/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 8, 2011 6:54pm]

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