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Bowling tournament coming to Spring Hill centers

With the Florida State Bowling Association Championships on its way to Hernando County in 2009, the applications to register for the event were made available in local bowling centers this month.

From April 25 to July 5, the 75th Annual Championship Tournament will be held at both Mariner and Spring Hill Lanes. According to the Hernando County Tourism Bureau and the Hernando County Bowling Association, the event is expected to be one of the largest ever held in the area.

"Even with the economy the way it is, we are expecting to have about $4-million in revenue," HCBA manager Ron Ditt said. "With people staying in hotels, eating at restaurants and filling up at local gas stations, there will be a lot of benefits to the people in this county."

There will be team, doubles and singles divisions for the tournament. Entry fees are $20 per bowler per division. The team competition will be hosted at Mariner Lanes, while the doubles and singles competitions will be held at Spring Hill Lanes.

"With things in the economy being so slow and everything declining, we're anticipating the tournament will give (Spring Hill Lanes) a substantial boost that could carry us through the rest of the year," Spring Hill Lanes co-owner George Martins said.

Last October, representatives from the local bowling association, including Martins, Ditt and HCBA president John Leverock pitched the idea of hosting the tournament to the state board. Spring Hill beat out Tampa as the host community thanks to this pitch.

Applications can be picked up at either Mariner or Spring Hill Lanes. All details about the entry process are printed on the applications, and more information can be received by contacting Ditt at (352) 688-1005 or by e-mail at

BASKETBALL: East Pasco Family YMCA in Zephyrhills is hosting the 3-on-3 B-Ball Classic on Dec. 5-6. The cost is $100 per four-man team with an 18 and older division as well as a 40 and older division. The tournament will be double-elimination and each team is guaranteed three games. Times have yet to be determined.

For more information, contact Shawn Brown at or (813) 780-9622.

AEROBICS: The YMCA in Zephyrhills is also hosting an Aerob-a-thon on Nov. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $30 per person. For more information, call (813) 780-9622.

SCUBA: The Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, is offering the Discover Scuba Diving program on Nov. 22. The cost is $40 and the program will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The LOL Rec Center also is hosting PADI Scuba Diving Class from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 6 and 13. The cost for these two days is $314.

For information, call (813) 929-1220.

HOCKEY: Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring an Open Floor Hockey night Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson. Play is free and the games are designed for ages 16 and up. The games will be similar to street hockey.

For information, call (727) 861-3033.

ZUMBA: The Sun Trust Branch YMCA is hosting a Zumba Thon on Nov. 29 for those looking to shed the extra pounds after Thanksgiving. Anyone is welcome, and cost is $8 for nonmembers. Space will be limited to the first 50 people and advance registration is required. For information, call (727) 844-0332.

TENNIS: Afterschool Impact Tennis Training is taking place at Quail Ridge Country Club every weekday except Thursday. The class is open to all ages and trains from beginning to advanced players. The class provides instruction, drills, match play for singles and doubles, strategy, footwork and the use of a Playmate Grand Slam ball machine. Walk-ins cost $11 per hour, but by appointment the class runs at varying rates; 10 hours cost $100, 15 hours cost $135 and 20 hours cost $170.

For information, call USPTA pro Brent Wellman at (727) 919-2011 or visit

Times staff writer Mike Camunas contributed to this report. Submit upcoming events, registrations, info to

Bowling tournament coming to Spring Hill centers 11/17/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 17, 2008 6:48pm]
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