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First-time winners take Hernando bowling crown by 3 pins

The Hernando County Women's 500 Club had its third tournament of the season Feb. 24 at Spring Hill Lanes, and the doubles handicap event paid to the top six places among 54 entries.

Muriel Hallett and Samantha Evans won the overall title with a pin total of 1,366. The duo won by only three pins over runners-up Gina Haywood and Claudine Goodseal (1,363). It was the first time any of the four bowlers had cashed in during a 500 Club event this season.

Hallett, a 139-average bowler, tossed 156, 189 and 165 to help push her team over the top. Evans, carrying a 160 average, rolled games of 169, 222 and 162. They earned $110.16 each. Haywood and Goodseal won $91.80 each.

Anne Kemmerer and Terrie Champenoy (1,316) in third place and Teresa Burgan and Sandra Hamby (1,300) in fourth followed in the standings. Kemmerer and Champenoy earned $78.03 each; Burgan and Hamby took $68.85 apiece.

Rosemary Daniels and Cathleen Cavanaugh (1,299) finished in fifth place, winning $59.67. Brenda Thompson and Linda Donaldson (1,285) each took home $50.49.

Virginia Strittmatter won the money tree raffle for $25 and a plant. Dolores Alonzo won the event's mystery money raffle for $57.

The club's next tournament will be April 28 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill. That event will be an 8-pin no-tap tournament.

For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.

DISC DOG TOURNAMENT: Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill and the Central Florida Dog and Disc Club will host some of the country's best disc-catching dogs this weekend.

Canine athletes will take to the skies Saturday to compete in the Fun in the Sun U.S. Disc Dog nationals qualifier. The competition will consist of a Super Open freestyle division and a Super Pro Toss and Fetch division. The top five teams in each division will qualify for the world finals in Cartersville, Ga., on Oct. 12 and 13.

Visit the for information.

On Sunday, the Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance Qualifier will take place at the park.

The long-distance throw-and-catch competition consists of four male and four female divisions. There will be four weight classes of discs — Light, Micro Dog Light, Classic and Unlimited Plastic.

The top team in each division will qualify for the Skyhoundz Xtreme Distance World Finals in Tennessee on Sept. 25.

For information, visit, call Gary Duke at (813) 220-3212 or send email to

Spectators are welcome at both events. Competition begins at 10 a.m. both days, and admission is free.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Gifts from Home Charity Support Our Troops Golf Tournament will be April 14 at Rivard Golf Club, off U.S. 41 south of Brooksville.

All proceeds go to Gifts from Home, which sends items to troops overseas in an effort to raise morale. The organization's funding comes from individual donations and fundraising events.

Registration fee is $35 per golfer or $140 per foursome. The cost includes greens fees, prizes and food.

The shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. There will be a closest-to-the-pin contest, a longest drive contest, a 50-50 raffle and a yard sale.

Entry forms may be picked up at Rivard.

For information, contact Larry or Linda Kidwell at (352) 684-4185 or giftsfromhome

SOFTBALL FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS: The Hernando County Recreation Department is holding tournaments in March to benefit charities associated with cystic fibrosis.

The events will take place at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex and Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill.

A co-ed tournament will take place March 16, with a registration deadline of Monday.

Class A/B and C/D men's tournaments will take place March 23, with the deadline to enter March 18.

The fees are $175 per team, and all teams must provide two tournament-ready softballs. Proceeds will benefit research and those diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

For information or to enter a team, call Harry Johnson at (352) 540-6356.

FIREARMS CLASSES AND BENEFIT EVENT: 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 will be April 3, April 20, May 1, May 18 and Jun. 5. Special "ladies only" classes will be on March 16 and June 15. All classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The course covers lessons about the basics of firearm safety around the home 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.

For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosports

The club is also hosting a 4-H Benefit Trap Tournament on March 23, with proceeds going to the youth of the Hernando Sportsman's 4-H Club.

The tournament will consist of four rounds of 25 shots each. Trophies will be awarded in three categories: youth, adult and senior. The winner will be determined by most targets hit.

The cost is $40 per shooter, $35 if registered by March 16. Lunch will be provided for all participants.

Sign-up will begin at 8 a.m., with shooting starting at 9 a.m. Shooters are required to bring their own shotgun and ammo and are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

For information, call (352) 797-0409.

SUNCOAST SELECT BASEBALL: The Suncoast Select 16U baseball team is looking for elite-level players to fill its roster for the summer season.

The Select team plays a competitive schedule starting in May and continuing through the fall. The current roster features players from Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties.

Interested players must visit and click on "Contact Us" to fill out the short form. A coach will be in contact within two days.

For information, call Izzy Fontanez at (352) 428-0035 or send email to

HOGAN LAW FIRM FISHING TOURNAMENT: The fifth annual Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice casts off from Bayport on April 27.

The event begins at 7 a.m., with fishing ending at 3 p.m. An awards banquet and silent auction will follow.

Registration is $100 per angler for individuals with their own boat, bait and tackle. Participants registering by March 15 will receive a $25 discount. All anglers will receive a gift bag, tournament shirt and three meals for the day.

Last year's tournament included 50 registrants and raised more than $19,000 to benefit of HPH Hospice.

For information, including sponsorship opportunities, call the Hogan Law Firm at (352)799-8423 or visit HLF-Fishing

DISTANCE RUNNING EVENT: Jim Harnett is hosting the Croom Fools Trail Run, a long-distance running event in Hernando County, on April 6.

The run will be in the Withlacoochee State Forest. The event is a series of three races, including a 50-mile Fools Run, a 50-kilometer "I'm Not a Fool" Run, and a 16-mile run. The main trail for the event is a 16-mile loop.

For information, visit naturally or call the county tourism office at (352) 754-4405.

Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at or (352) 584-6337.

First-time winners take Hernando bowling crown by 3 pins 03/06/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 6:26pm]
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