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Gumani, Tatam win in Junior Tennis Series

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The Junior Circuit Tennis Series began its second tournament of the season on Oct. 20 at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, but the final match ended up not being played until last Sunday.

The field drew players from Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and other counties and was split into two divisions: high school boys and high school girls.

After Rishi Gumani of Lecanto defeated Chris Rosser of Spring Hill and Jesse DeWitt of Brooksville knocked out Kyle Everett of Inverness in the semifinals, Gumani and DeWitt were schedule to meet in the finals two weeks ago.

Gumani, however, suffered a wrist injury in his match against Rosser, and DeWitt did not want to settle for the injury default victory, so the match was rescheduled for Sunday.

Fully healed, Gumani dealt DeWitt a straight-set loss, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5). For DeWitt, it was his second consecutive runner-up finish in as many tournaments this season.

The girls division final boiled down to Hernando's Mahima Tatam and Katie Colitz of Crystal River for the second tournament in a row. Tatam won the match by the same score as the September event, 6-1, 6-1. Hunter Pospiech of Inverness won the consolation match over Sarina Singh of Spring Hill.

Tennis professionals Lou Giglio, Rick Scholl and Judy Jeanette were on hand to help organize and coach players. The next tournament is scheduled for Dec. 1 and 2 at Sugarmill Woods in Homosassa. The registration fee is $20; the deadline is Nov. 28.

For information, contact Jeanette at [email protected] or (352) 232-0322.

TOYS FOR TOTS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will have its Toys for Tots of Hernando County golf tournament Nov. 17 at Hernando Oaks Country Club, Brooksville.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The tournament will consist of 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format. Also included with the $75 fee is lunch, dinner coupons provided by Texas Roadhouse, gift bags and prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive and closest-to-the-pin.

Toys for Tots supports needy children of Hernando County, providing them with Christmas gifts when their parents are unable to afford them.

For information, call Keith Ball at (727) 465-4815, Linda Black at (352) 596-2225 or Woody Marr at (352) 585-0975, or visit mcl708.org to register.

ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Brooksville Rotary Club will have its 35th annual golf tournament Nov. 14 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Players, hole sponsors and raffle items are needed. The cost is $75 per golfer, which includes dinner, greens fees and cart. Sponsorships start at $150.

Play will be limited to the first 120 entries. Golfers can make their own foursomes or be teamed up by event officials. Registration and sponsorship information is available at brooksvillerotary.com. Proceeds will go toward the charities the club works with and local scholarships.

For information, call Rob Rogoski at (352) 799-6974.

SMART START BASEBALL: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is holding its Smart Start Baseball program, starting Thursday at the Jerome Brown Community Center.

Smart Start teaches youth ages 3 to 5 the basic motor skills necessary to play organized baseball while they work one-on-one and spend time with their parents. The program focuses on teaching children skills in throwing, catching, batting, running and agility without the pressure of competition or the fear of getting injured.

The cost is $60 per child. The group will meet every Thursday for six weeks until Dec. 13 from either 11 a.m. to noon or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For information, contact Tiffany Taylor at (352) 540-3838 or [email protected]

VETERANS DAY GOLF: Toscana Crossing Golf Club, north of Weeki Wachee, will have a Salute to Veterans Picnic and Golf Scramble on Saturday.

The event will begin with a golf scramble at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $10 for those who plan to walk the course and $14 for those who want to use a cart. Sign-ups can be taken in the pro shop.

The picnic and barbecue will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Heather Community Center. The cost is $10 per adult and $5 per child, which includes hamburgers, hot dogs, refreshments, shuffleboard, bocce ball, horseshoes, and other food and games. Tickets are available at the community center.

For information, send email to [email protected]

FIREARMS CLASSES: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, on U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee, is offering firearms safety classes.

The next two class dates will be on Wednesday and Nov. 17. 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.

Preregistration is required; the fee is $60 per person.

Call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com for information.

JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS: Ace Performance Tennis is holding registration and open play for the Fall/Winter U.S. Tennis Association Junior Team Tennis season on Nov. 20 at Nature Coast Technical High School, south of Brooksville.

Sign-ups for the 12-and-younger division will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Registration for the 13-to-18 division will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Fees are $60 per player.

Registration forms are available on the website. Players must be USTA members to participate in the sectional tournament in January.

Visit louisedowney.usptapro.com or call Louise or John Downey at (352) 666-0658 for information.

ALZHEIMER'S GOLF BENEFIT: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will have its 12th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday 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]

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.

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