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24 teams take to the courts in Mattie Smouse Doubles Tennis Tournament

The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation held its Mattie Smouse Doubles Tennis Tournament on Sept. 24 and 25 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

Twenty-four pairs participated in the event, made up of men's and women's A and B skill divisions.

The tournament, sponsored by Chick-fil-A, Hernando Skin & Cancer Center, Sports Authority, Ace Performance Tennis and Publix, featured several good matches.

Louise Downey, the owner of Ace Performance Tennis and coach of the Nature Coast Technical High School girls tennis team, partnered with Lisa Savarese to win the Women's A Division over Roxanne DeAngelis and Bouakham Goodyear (3-6, 6-4, 10-4).

Doug Haskedakes, the Springstead High School boys tennis coach, teamed with Mark Engberg to emerge with the Men's A Division title over Scott Kelczewski and Phil Zee (6-2, 6-2).

B Division champions included the tandems of Linda Brauer and Nancy Dorsey and Tony Savarese and Bronco Tepes. Brauer and Dorsey defeated Dina Martinez and Carlyn PreFountaine in straight sets on the women's side, while Savarese and Tepes knocked out John Billows and Paul Lu (6-2, 7-4).

LIFECHOICES WOMEN'S CARE GOLF: LifeChoices Women's Care will have its inaugural Golf for Life Charity Golf Tournament on Oct. 22. The tournament will be at Lexington Oaks Golf Club in Wesley Chapel.

The cost is $75 per golfer, which covers greens fees, free range balls, door prizes, contests, goodie bags, dinner and awards. This is a nonhandicap tournament, and everyone is welcome.

Proceeds will go to LifeChoices Women's Care, formerly the Lutz-Land O'Lakes Pregnancy Center. The facility has been helping women facing unplanned pregnancies with free services since 2009.

The tournament is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Monsignor Kevin S. Mullens Council 12956, but sponsorship opportunities are still available. Organizers also are accepting donations for door prizes.

For information, visit golf or call (813) 948-7734.

YMCA YOUTH SPORTS: The Hernando County YMCA is forming its leagues for 2011.

The soccer league is open to players ages 3 to 14, and the season runs from Oct. 17 to Dec. 17. Participants receive a trophy and uniform shirt. Scholarships are available. Cost for ages 3 to 5 is $52 for facility members and $62 for nonmembers; the cost for ages 6 to 14 is $66 for members and $76 for nonmembers.

The flag football league is open to players ages 6 to 17, and the season runs from Oct. 18 to Dec. 15. Participants receive a trophy and uniform shirt. Scholarships are available. The cost for all ages is $62 for facility members and $76 for nonmembers.

Both leagues play at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd. in Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 688-9622 or visit

PHCC 5K: Pasco-Hernando Community College will host its seventh annual PHCC 5K Race at 8 a.m. Oct. 23 at the New Port Richey campus, 10230 Ridge Road.

Proceeds will benefit the college's women's cross country program. The registration fee of $15 includes a race T-shirt. The deadline Saturday.

A free Family Fun Run will also be offered for children 12 and under. All fun run participants receive goodie bags and an award. T-shirts are also available for purchase.

Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m., and preregistered participants are encouraged to arrive at 7 a.m. Awards will be given by age group and to the top male and female finishers. The event will feature free post-race refreshments, games, photos and opportunity drawings.

For information or to register online, visit 5k-2011.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. If interested, send e-mail to Jacki Wachtel at for information.

NATURE COAST DISC GOLF: The Nature Coast Disc Golf Club holds weekly events in the area.

At 10 a.m. on Sundays at Floral Park in Floral City, players can compete in a 19-hole handicap round. Members also gather at 3 p.m. each Saturday at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville.

For information, call club president Buz Ryalls-Clephane at (352) 584-5078 or club treasurer Brandi Laudermilch at (352) 263-4475. The club can also be reached by e-mail at naturecoast

FIRST TEE GOLF: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready to host another session of First Tee Golf for children looking to learn how to get onto the links.

The First Tee Golf/Life Skills is for youth ages 7 to 17 and starts Nov. 7. The instructors teach the First Tee Nine Core Values through the game of golf. Students have the opportunity to work on basic life and golf skills, including putting, chipping, driving and golf course etiquette. The sessions will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville.

For information, call Mike Groff at (352) 540-3835.

ALZHEIMER'S CHARITY GOLF: The Alzheimer's Family Organization, which serves Hernando, Pasco, Citrus and other counties on the Suncoast, will have its 11th annual charity golf tournament Nov. 12 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.

Registration is scheduled for 6:30 a.m.; breakfast will be provided by IHOP. The shotgun start is set for 8 a.m., with lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro at the conclusion of play. The tournament is 18 holes with a four-person scramble format.

There will be awards for the top three teams, as well additional prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one (a car provided by Ed Morse Auto Plaza). Full Circle Financial is sponsoring a putting contest, with a chance to win $10,000.

The registration fee is $80 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For information, call Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

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