Hernando County bowling centers have released midseason lists of top performances — the ones designated as honor scores by the U.S. Bowling Congress — and there are a bunch of them.
It's no surprise that one of the honorees is Rich Garner, who has a total of 73 perfect games to his credit.
Garner, one of the elite amateur bowlers in the region for years, continues to accumulate 300 games and 800 series (21). His most recent 300 was thrown on Oct. 17 in the Wednesday Night Mixed League where he finished with a 722 series.
Spring Hill Lanes had five other competitors reach perfection in its fall leagues so far. Joey Fierro was able to toss a perfect game and an 800 series in the Monday Night Men's League in early October.
Dan Moreland threw a 300 on Sept. 28 in the T.G.I.F. League. In his 11th season as a sanctioned bowler at Spring Hill, Moreland has improved from a 166 average to a 200 average, but this perfect game was his first Bowling Congress honor score. Beginning the evening with a 199 and 191, his 300 rounded out a 690 series.
Another 300 was pitched by Dan Jones in the Monday Night Men's League on Oct. 15. Second and third games of 228 and 224 earned him a 752 series that night. It was the fourth perfect game for Jones, who also threw an 804 series in 2007.
Dave Tuma, who previously had two perfect games, threw his third on Oct. 18.
The most recent 300 at Spring Hill was rolled in the T.G.I.F. League by Brandon Noon on Nov. 2. It was his ninth perfect game and fourth in the last year. He also has two 800 series in that span.
Mariner Lanes can boast of four bowlers with major accomplishments so far this season, including one longtime top bowler who found success twice.
In the Seacreatures League that competes on Wednesdays, Tom Russell threw perfect games on Sept. 5 and Oct. 3. The lane veteran finished with a 763 series in September after bookending his 300 with games of 228 and 235. His October 300 was thrown in his final game of league play after scores of 218 and 235 for a 753 series.
These were the eighth and ninth perfect games of his career, one of the best records among local bowlers. He also has five 800 series to his credit, including an 848 that he amassed in 2010, the eighth-highest in county history.
Anita Hearl, also competing in the Seacreatures League, continued to cement her reputation as one of the best female bowlers in the area, throwing a 279 game on Sept. 12. She also added games of 229 and 205 for a 713 series. Hearl averaged a 202 last season while bowling in two leagues at Mariner.
In the Friday Early Mariner League, Bill Halaby Jr. threw a 299 game on Sept. 14. He also had scores of 213 and 179 in his 691 series.
The achievement was Halaby's first since throwing a perfect game last August, the second of his career. He averaged a 202 while competing in three leagues at Mariner last year.
Spare Time League bowler Adriano Buzzi tossed the first honor score of his career when he followed an opening game 148 with a 299. He rounded out the series with a 213 for a 660 series. Buzzi has been competing at Mariner since 2003 and averaged a 182 last season.
FIREARMS SAFETY CLASSES: The Hernando Sportsman's Club will be offering firearms safety classes.
The next regular class date will be Dec. 5, and a female firearms safety course will be Dec. 15.
All classes are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hernando Sportsman's Club on 16121 Commercial Way in Weeki Wachee.
The course will include lessons on firearms safety in the home, parts and operation, an introduction to ammunition and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. It will also include an introduction to pistol shooting from the seated and standing position, and an introduction to pistol cleaning and storage.
Classes include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break.
Cost is $60. Successful completion of this class also provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit if desired. Pre-registration is required.
Call (352) 597-9931 to pre-register.
For information, visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.
TENNIS CLINICS: Ace Performance Tennis is offering QuickStart drills every Monday at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., players will take part in drills and games designed for beginners, using the U.S. Tennis Association-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. The fee is $10 per player.
Ace Performance Tennis also offers Ladies Night Out from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday at Delta Woods Park.
For $10 per class, women of beginning and intermediate skill levels can learn to play in a fun social setting.
For information, call John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or visit louisedowney.usptapro.com.
TOURETTE SYNDROME GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Plantation Golf Resort in Crystal River will host the inaugural Tee Off for Tourette Celebrity Golf Tournament on Feb. 1 and 2.
Proceeds will benefit the Tourette Syndrome Association of Florida, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping individuals and families living with Tourette's syndrome. The money will help send children to an annual camp, where they can be with other children with Tourette syndrome and can make new friends.
The basic entry fee is $500 per four-player team, which includes a hole sign and recognition in the tournament program, as well as greens fees and a cart. Other sponsorship levels include gold, platinum and event.
For $1,000, a sponsor receives the same features as with the basic fee, plus a plaque commemorating the event. For a platinum fee of $2,500, a corporate sponsor gets two four-player teams. The event sponsor fee of $5,000 includes three four-player teams and the privilege of playing the round with one of the celebrities signed up to be on hand.
Individual hole sponsorships are $250. Individual players can play for a cost of $100 per golfer.
Among the celebrities expected to appear are former Buffalo Bills linebacker Darryl Talley, American Idol Season 9 contestant Dave Pittman, Kansas City Royals minor leaguer Nick DelGuidice and sports artist John Prince.
For more information, contact event chairman Gary D'Amico at (352) 527-2938 or email@example.com.
HOLIDAY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will host the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's annual holiday tournament Dec. 6.
Sponsored by Cemex, Dyno Nobel and Thunder Bay Builders, the event will feature PGA qualifying school conditions. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a continental breakfast served by Chick-fil-A. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m.
The entry fee is $400 per four-player team. Hole sponsorships are also available. For those who wish to play as well as sponsor a hole, the cost for both is $450. Individual hole sponsorships are $100. The entry fee includes golf, cart, range balls and lunch.
For information, call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697 or visit hernandochamber.com.
Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 584-6337.