Dave Winchester, a New Port Richey resident and bowling veteran, rolled his first perfect game in 20 years Dec. 5 in the Monday Night Men's League at Spring Hill Lanes.
Winchester, 56, only has two sanctioned 300 games on his record, but the Michigan native competed on the Professional Bowlers Association tour from 1983 to 1988 and is no stranger to success. He has bowled against Hall of Famers like Earl Anthony and Mark Roth.
After opening the night slowly, Winchester found his groove. The perfect game came in his third leg of the series. He finished with a 722 scratch score.
HIGH POINT LADIES GOLF: On Dec. 5, league members were split into their usual nine-hole and 18-hole groups.
The nine-hole golfers had a gross score challenge. The Flight A winners were Helen Reynolds and Lottie Ward, who both shot 49. In Flight B, Grace Perkins (53) took first, with Bernice Skinner (58) coming in second. In Flight C, Judy Dempsey (56) took the title, and Sandra Cairns (58) came in second.
The 18-hole golfers dropped the two worst holes from their rounds. Muriel Tremain (56) won Flight A, with Jean Erber (57) on her heels. Kathy Grenier (53) took the title in Flight B, followed by Anna McGovern (57).
Birdies came from Dottie Mussatto (Hole 10, Par 4), Tremain (Hole 13, Par 4, and Hole 3, Par 4), Kathy Honoshofsky (Hole 3, Par 4) and Nancy Reeves (Hole 12, Par 3).
On Monday, the league was back on the course, with the nine- and 18-hole competitors combining to play a nine-hole scramble. Four-player teams competed for titles on both the front and back nines.
The front-nine winners were Elizabeth Bates, BiBi Arbona, Shirley McSweeney and Sandy Warner (40). Lottie Ward, Jenny Barone, Linda Roper and Beverly Vauter (42) finished second. The lone birdie came from Arbona (Hole 3, Par 4).
Two teams tied on the back nine. The foursomes of Brenda Bowley, Lura Grim, Barb Leach and Ann Marie Hartnett, and Maryann Wilkinson, Reeves, Cecile Abbott, and Jean Trant both shot 40.
PHCC BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: The Pasco-Hernando Community College men's basketball team will host the New Year's Shootout tournament from Jan. 2 to 5 in the Physical Fitness Center on the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road.
All games are free and open to the public. In addition to PHCC, teams will be competing from: Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, N.Y.; Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, N.C.; Wytheville Community College in Wytheville, Va., and Indian River State College in Fort Pierce.
PHCC will play the opening game against Onondaga at 2 p.m. Jan. 2. On Jan. 3, Onondaga will play Guilford Tech at 2 p.m., and PHCC will take on Wytheville at 4 p.m. On Jan. 4, Guilford Tech will play Indian River at 2 p.m., followed by a match-up between Onondaga and Wytheville at 4 p.m. The tournament will conclude Jan. 5, with PHCC taking on Guilford Tech at 2 p.m. and Indian River playing Wytheville at 4 p.m.
For information, call Conquistadors coach James Johnson at (727) 816-3340 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled a set of baseball/softball umpiring clinics.
The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. Local clinics will take place Jan. 8 and 22 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill and Jan. 29 at Ridge Manor Park in Ridge Manor.
The sessions are open to men and women age 16 and older. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with the clinics starting at noon. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.
Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
SUNCOAST SELECT SCORPIONS BASEBALL: The Suncoast Select Scorpions will have tryouts Saturday for its 13-and-younger and 14-and-younger travel baseball teams for the upcoming season.
The tryouts will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kennedy Park in Brooksville. Interested youths must visit wix.com/suncoastselect/custom and follow the prompts to preregister.
The Scorpions will participate in a United States Special Sports Association competitive travel league in the Tampa area from February until May, as well as in some selected tournaments. The 14U team will participate in select Perfect Game showcases and USA Baseball's 14U National Championships throughout the summer.
For information, call Izzy Fontanez at (352) 428-0035 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
HERNANDO HURRICANES BASEBALL: The Hernando Hurricanes will have an open tryout Jan. 15 for its 13-and-younger travel baseball team. The tryout will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill.
The Hurricanes are a select travel baseball organization with their own training facility. The team competes in the West Coast Florida League in the spring and in tournaments around the state sanctioned by United States Special Sports Association and Nations Baseball.
For information, call Jeff Lewis at (352) 442-2370 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
FIRST TEE GOLF: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is holding its First Tee golf program starting Jan. 17 and running for six weeks at the Quarry Golf Course, Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks and Silverthorn Country Club.
First Tee's golf and life skills instruction differentiates it from other junior golf programs. The program strives to instill in participants the program's nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
The cost is $60 per child, with ages 5 to 17 eligible. Preregistration is required. The program is accepting up to 10 participants per class.
Volunteers are also needed. Donations are welcome, including youth golf clubs, bags and balls.
For information, call Miles Groff at (352) 540-3835 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at email@example.com or (352) 584-6337.