The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is beginning another session of its First Tee of Brooksville golf program.
Open to children ages 5 to 17, the program will begin Monday and run on Mondays for six weeks. The cost is $60 per child, and preregistration is required.
First Tee focuses on golf and life skills and strives to instill nine core values into its participants: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
Donations are welcome for golf clubs, bags and balls. Volunteers are needed to assist with the classes.
For information, contact Tiffany Taylor at (352) 540-3835 or [email protected], or visit cityofbrooksville.us.
LAW ENFORCEMENT GOLF BENEFIT: The National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers will have its annual golf tournament Oct. 13 at the Dunes Golf Club, north of Weeki Wachee.
Sign-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. There will be a prize for a hole-in-one on any par 3 hole. Food and prizes will be available in the clubhouse after the tournament.
The deadline for registration is Oct. 10. The entry fee is $55 per golfer or $220 per foursome.
For information, call Chuck Groner at (352) 666-7658.
ALZHEIMER'S GOLF BENEFIT: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will have its 12th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Nov. 10 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.
Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The event will consist of 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format. Also included with the $80 fee is breakfast provided by IHOP, lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro, goody bags, raffles and door prizes.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams, the longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and a hole-in-one. A new car and other prizes will be provided by Ed Morse Auto Plaza. Players will also have a chance to win $5,000 or a Woody driver, sponsored by the National Cremation and Burial Society. Full Circle Financial will sponsor a putting contest for a chance to win $10,000.
The Alzheimer's Family Organization serves Citrus, Hernando, northern Hillsborough, Lake, Pasco, northern Pinellas and Sumter counties.
For information, contact community service coordinator Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888, toll-free 1-888-496-8004 or [email protected]
CANCER GOLF BENEFIT: The Ridge Golf Club, 34450 Whispering Oaks Blvd., Ridge Manor, will play host to the inaugural Cancer Golf Tournament on Saturday to raise money for two Centennial Middle School students in Dade City who recently were diagnosed with cancer.
Hailey Limoges, 12, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was transferred to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg to start radiation treatments. Shane Salyer, 12, was diagnosed with lymphoma in September 2009. He went into remission after a year of intense radiation treatment, but the cancer has returned. Proceeds will be split between the two families.
The event format is a four-person scramble. Entrants may bring their own team, or the club can match groups. Registration will begin at 7 a.m.; the shotgun start will be at 8 a.m.
The cost is $45 per golfer, which includes greens fees, cart and lunch. There will be prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive (men and women) and a hole-in-one, sponsored by Jarrett Ford in Dade City. There will also be prizes for the first-, second- and third-place teams, plus door prizes. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m.
For information, call Betty O'Brien at (352) 608-4800 or (248) 420-7620, or Eugenia Parlow at (352) 583-7896.
HERNANDO COUNTY RAYS DAY: The Sept. 23 Tampa Bay Rays game against the Toronto Blue Jays will benefit the Hernando County Education Foundation when tickets are purchased through the local organization.
First pitch for the Sunday contest will be at 1:40 p.m., with gates opening at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg at 11:40 a.m. The first 10,000 kids will receive a Matt Joyce bobblehead, and kids will be allowed to run the bases after the game.
Tickets in the lower box seats are available for $20 each, with a deadline of Sept. 11 for purchase.
For information, contact Frank Zito at (407) 697-0868 or [email protected]
KIWANIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will play host to the seventh annual Kiwanis of Spring Hill Children Charity Golf Invitational on Sept. 20.
Proceeds will be distributed by Kiwanis Club to various local charities and organizations that benefit children.
Registration is scheduled for 8 a.m., when breakfast will be served. The shotgun start is set for 10 a.m., with a buffet lunch, awards ceremony and silent auction at the conclusion of play.
Participants may register by visiting springhillkiwanis.org. The registration fee is $110 per player or $400 per foursome. The deadline is Monday.
For information, contact Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829, ext. 25, or [email protected]
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FEST: Special Olympics of Hernando County will have its Olympic Fest 2012 on Sept. 15 at Springstead High School on Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill.
Open to all ages, from 3 years old to 40-plus, the event will raise money for Special Olympics. Seven different age groups will compete in short sprints. The entry fee is $5 for kids ages 3 to 13, $8 for ages 14 to 18 and $10 for adults over 18.
There will be vendors, live music, raffles and other games. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.
For information, email Andrea Lee Purvis at [email protected]
CRIME GOLF BENEFIT: The local chapter of the Florida Council on Delinquency and Crime is organizing a golf tournament at Brooksville County Club at Majestic Oaks on Sept. 30.
The four-person scramble will benefit facilities that assist victims, including the Dawn Center for domestic violence victims in Hernando County and the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. The registration fee is $240 per foursome or $60 per golfer for those who do not have a group.
The fee includes golf, cart and lunch. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m., with prizes awarded for first, second and third place; longest drive, and closest-to-the-pin.
The registration deadline is Monday, limited to the first 100 golfers.
For information, call Tonya Griffin at (352) 797-3410.
BADDEST MUDDER: The Baddest Mudder 5K is coming to Brooksville on Nov. 3 and 4.
Baddest Mudder is a group that runs obstacle races around the Suncoast. It will be holding its first event at the Hernando County Fairgrounds on U.S. 41 in Brooksville.
The race is open to all ages, teams and skill levels. Sign-up prizes will be offered to all participants. The event includes a well-marked and defined course, food, drinks, music and field games.
The two-day event starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. each day.
Participants may sign up at baddestmudder.com. There are discounts for groups, and early-bird registration is currently open for $49.95 per runner.
Kids are welcome; organizers are offering a kids-only "Mini Mudder" pit for free.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.