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Golfers tee off to benefit 12-year-olds with cancer

The Ridge Golf Club will host its inaugural Cancer Golf Tournament on Sept. 8 to raise money for 12-year-old Centennial Middle School students Hailey Limoges and Shane Salyer, who are both battling cancer.

The format is a four-person scramble. Participants can register a whole team or the club can match people with each other. Registration will begin at 7 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. The cost is $45 per golfer and includes fees for golf, golf cart and lunch. Prizes will include closest to the pin, longest drive (men and women), and a Hole-In-One with a $10,000 cash prize.

"We just want to give the families as much as we can through every avenue we can," said the Ridge co-owner Betty O'Brien. "We hope to have a full field of 144 golfers, but we aren't there yet. We are hugely excited to host this tournament and have been spending 100 percent of the time preparing the golf course for this event."

A $10 lunch will be available to anyone who cannot participate in the tournament but would like to support the cause. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 31. For information on sponsorships or to participate, contact O'Brien at (352) 608-4800 or (248) 420-7620 or Eugenia Parlow at (352) 583-7896.

BASKETBALL: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex is hosting a basketball league sponsored by the Tampa Bay Rain and Orlando Magic. The season will be eight games long and each participant will receive one free ticket to both the Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Rain, a reversible league jersey and basketball instruction.

The league is open to kids age 7-16 with kids age 7-10 playing on Thursdays and age 11-16 on Saturdays. The league is instructional with a progression to competitive. The cost is $75 per child, $60 for a second child and $45 for each child thereafter. Registration is open through Friday. For information, call Michael Davis at (813) 802-9163 or call the recreation complex at (813) 929-1220.

VOLLEYBALL: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex has a youth volleyball league available to kids age 10-15. An evaluation day will be held on Sept. 8 with games starting on Sept. 15, taking place every Saturday. Space is limited and proof of age is required. The cost is $25. For information, call (727) 942-7439 or (727) 934-4198.

TENNIS: The J. Ben Harrill Recreation Complex hosts coed group tennis lessons for age 7 and up every Thursday. The program is for both adults and children and focuses on tennis fundamentals. Participants are grouped by age and skill level with the latter being determined at the first lesson. Beginner classes run from 6-7 p.m. and intermediate from 7-8 p.m. The cost is $40 per month or $13 per class. For information, call (727) 942-7439.

BASEBALL: The Greater Hudson Little League will hold its Fall Ball registration from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 8 at Arthur Engle Park in Hudson. For information, email or call (727) 487-2255.

To submit information on community sports events, contact David Rice at

Golfers tee off to benefit 12-year-olds with cancer 08/17/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 17, 2012 7:52pm]
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