BROOKSVILLE — Joe Cioe had no idea.
The 43-year-old Homosassa native was just cruising along on Oct. 6 at the Dunes Golf Club at Seville in Brooksville, playing his usual game, when after 18 holes, he shoots a 64.
That just happens to be the club record at the Dunes.
"The greens are a lot more difficult than they used to," Cioe said, referring to the two-year renovations the course made. "I had no idea what the record was. I guess I just had a good day and made a lot of putts, which is a credit to the golf course, which is in good shape. If it's not in good shape, you're not going to shoot well."
Cioe, who played four years on the former Nike Tour, now called the Nationwide Tour, a developmental tour for the PGA Tour, picked up eight birdies and hit par on the other 10 holes.
However, Cioe doesn't feel he has bragging rights.
"I had no idea what the record was, but I had a feeling it might be," Cioe said. "Golfers don't like to brag because the game of golf can really pay back if you do, but it does give you something to shoot for — for everyone to try to top."
Home on the range
In all honesty, not a bad way to spend retirement.
Danny and Donna Boschelli have purchased the old Ridge Road Driving Range, going all out to fix it up, recreate it and spend the rest of their days helping avid golfers hit buckets of balls.
"We've had a very good response so far," Donna said. "There are two subdivisions nearby, plus people just come here and use the driving range. We're expecting to do well."
The Boschellis, along with part-owner Bob Pecoraro, have renamed it Eagle Ridge Golf Center and spent more than $50,000 to revamp the whole place that had just been run down, Donna Boschelli said. They added a new office trailer, equipment, netting and teeboxes. In all, Eagle Ridge, which had a grand opening Oct. 16-18, is 350 yards deep on 10.5 acres of land, has 15 synthetic tee boxes and 15 more on grass. In the future, the Boschellis plan on adding a putting green, sand trap and chipping area, but will also provide lessons and golf club repair.
"We've been avid golfers a long time," Donna Boschellis said. "The other place was just run into the ground, but it was really my husband's idea to get our own place, since he'd worked at one for so long. Though I would've been here in a heartbeat.
"With the snowbirds coming back, that's busy for everyone in local golf, so we're nothing but excited."
Eagle Ridge Driving Range is at 9130 Ridge Road in New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 847-0672.
RESULTS: Magnolia Valley Golf Club held its Goofy Golf and Glow Ball Tournament on Saturday. On the men's side, Dennis Maxwell won the closest to the pin contest while Cathy LaFleur came closest for the women.
Coming in at first place was the foursome of Don Clarke, Jeri Clarke, Mark Nelson and Connie Nelson, and in second was the foursome of Rick Brewer, Chris Gore, Dennis Wheeler and Stanley Blazak.
League: The Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville will once again host the Belles and Beaus Golf League every Wednesday beginning Nov. 5.
The weekly event will run from 8:45 a.m. till noon. Cost is $10 for members, $20 for nonmembers, which includes 18 holes of golf, lunch, drink and weekly prizes.
Nov. 9: Gulf Harbors Yacht Club is holding its annual Golf Tournament at the Links Golf and Country Club in Hudson to benefit the GHYC Scholarship Program.
There will a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. Entry fee and dinner is $65.00, dinner only $25.00. A 2009 Ford Mustang will be awarded for a hole-in-one on the second hole. For information, call Tony at (813) 996-2288.
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