Pro bowlers will return to Spring Hill Lanes from July 12 to 14 for the 25th annual Spring Hill Open, sponsored by Thunder Bay Builders.
A stop on the Professional Bowlers Association Southern Region Tour, the tournament is the only regular professional sporting event in Hernando County. In years past, it has featured some of the best bowlers in the sport, including Jason Couch and Patrick Allen.
To start the weekend on July 12, local bowlers can compete alongside the pros in the 9-pin No-Tap Pro-Am, sponsored by Samuel Adams Brewery.
For an entry fee of $17 for junior bowlers (youth league competitors), $25 for senior bowlers (ages 55 and older) or $30 for all others, amateurs can bowl on the same lanes with three professionals. Winners will receive trophies, scholarships or cash prizes.
Starting July 13, about 125 of the tour's best bowlers will begin battling for the tournament championship. The finals should start about 2 p.m. July 14.
Last season, Spring Hill resident Jason Mahr won the tournament for the second time. Mahr is the only local bowler to ever win the title.
For information, call Pam Hoppe at Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.
SENIOR SOFTBALL: The West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors is looking for new players ages 55 and older for the coming softball season, which starts in September.
The league begins open practice at 9 a.m. June 3. In case of rain, practices will start June 5. All current players and those looking to sign up are welcome. Practice runs through July, when teams are drafted. Scrimmage games will start in August.
Once the season starts, the league plays on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Each team plays two of those three days in a competitive but friendly environment.
For information, show up at the field once practices begin or call league commissioner Ray Krisa at (352) 596-0575.
SPRINGSTEAD FOOTBALL CAMP: Springstead High School will host two youth football camps this summer in conjunction with Purpose Driven Sports and former Eagles coach Bill Vonada.
The first camp runs from 8 a.m. to noon June 10 to 12 and is for children ages 10 to 15. The cost is $75 per player.
The second camp, also for ages 10 to 15, consists of 12 sessions from 7:45 to 9 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from June 17 to July 18. The cost is $75.
Registration runs through May 30. For information, contact Vonada at (352) 238-4392 or [email protected]
PHCC VOLLEYBALL CAMP: The Pasco-Hernando Community College volleyball team is hosting two volleyball camps for girls next month.
The Individual Skills Camp will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. June 17 to 19 for girls ages 8 to 18 and will include training in each volleyball skill — passing, serving, hitting, setting, blocking and defense.
The Specialty Camp will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. June 17 to 19 for girls ages 12 to 18 and will include training in three positions: setting, hitting and defense. Each camp is $100 per player — or both for $175 — which covers all instruction and a T-shirt.
Kim Whitney, the PHCC coach, will be the instructor for the camps. In 2010 Whitney coached her team to a national championship. She has numerous coaching and player awards. She was a professional indoor player for fours year and played for the USA national team in 2001.
The registration form is available online at phcc.edu/athletics/summer-sports-camps. For information, contact Whitney at (727) 816-3341 or [email protected]
HYL FOOTBALL: Hernando Youth League is holding signups for the 2013 football season.
The new registration process is online at hylfootball.com. Parents can click on the "Register" tab and choose "Player Registration." After creating a user name and password, fill out the registration form and make an online payment.
Parents will be asked to select a team for each child. Selections will be subject to age/weight verification in June. Anyone unsure of what team to choose may select the "How do I know which team to choose?" on the navigation sidebar.
Parents will need to print the 2013 physical form and 2013 player contract as well. Children and parents must sign the contract and have a physician complete the physical form.
Paperwork collection dates are on the website. In addition to the forms to be printed, parents will need to bring their children's final report cards. Players must accompany their parents so they can be weighed and photographed.
For information, contact Natalie Kahler at [email protected]
NATURE COAST BASKETBALL CAMP: Nature Coast Technical High School will host two summer basketball skills camps for both boys and girls from age 5 to seventh grade.
The camps will be June 17 to 20 and July 22 to 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. The fee is $50 per child.
For information, call Nature Coast basketball coach David Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.
JEROME BROWN GOLF CLASSIC: The Jerome Brown Youth Foundation will host a golf outing June 15 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.
Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The format is a four-person scramble. Sponsored by Bright House Networks, it includes awards for the three highest-placing teams.
The entry fee is $75 per golfer, including a lunch that begins at noon, greens fees, a cart and a golf cap. Golfers may enter as a team or as individuals.
For information, call Dianna Rusk Yoder at (352) 796-2526.
FIREARMS CLASSES: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, on U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee, is offering firearms safety classes over the next few months.
The next class dates are June 5, July 3, July 20, Aug. 7, Aug. 17, and Sept. 4. Special "ladies only" classes will be on June 15 and Sept. 21. All classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The course covers lessons about the basics of firearm safety and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. The class includes practice time on the range.
Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit.
Advance registration is required; fee is $60 per person.
National Rifle Association certification classes are also available throughout June, July and August for registration fees.
For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.