Monday, March 19, 2018

Hernando County junior golfers become champions

The North Suncoast Junior Golf Association concluded its season Aug. 6 with the Tournament of Champions at Southern Woods Golf Club in Homosassa.

In the Co-ed (age 8 and 9) Division, Gage Richard of Brooksville, who had gone back and forth with Conchade Osceola of Land O'Lakes all season, placed third with 47 strokes over seven holes. Osceola clinched the Player of the Year title by edging his brother, Byron Osceola, for the division title. Conchade Osceola finished the season with 21 points in the Player of the Year standings, one more than Richard.

The Boys Intermediate (10-12) Division was very tight among the Player of the Year candidates with Dunnellon's Gavin Szydlo tied with Tyler Cash of Spring Hill coming into the final tournament. Szydlo, who won four times on the tour this summer, clinched the title with another victory in the nine-hole round. Spring Hill's Griffin Morel took third.

Joe Jackson of Brooksville led by five points in the Player of the Year standings going into the event, but he ended the campaign as the co-Player of the Year after Corey Mumaw of Wesley Chapel won the Boys Intermediate (13-18) Division. Brooksville's Zack Gates placed third.

The Boys Advanced (16-18) Division played a full 18-hole round, where Jake Schoonover of Hudson defeated Ryan Nicoll of Spring Hill, but neither could track down Homosassa's Mark Giardino for Player of the Year honors.

PHCC VOLLEYBALL CLINIC: Pasco-Hernando Community College is holding a coaching clinic for middle and high school volleyball coaches on from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the gymnasium (Lot 6, Building K) on the West Campus in New Port Richey.

The clinic will provide a diverse perspective on physical conditioning and training, in addition to learning techniques, tactics and drills. Speakers will include PHCC coach Kim Whitney, Anclote High School athletic director Heidi Michaels and Joe Donnelly, a certified referee.

The registration fee of $25 includes coaching instruction and a continental breakfast.

For information or to register, contact Whitney at (727) 816-3341 or [email protected]

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 Rays 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 the Kiwanis Club to 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 The registration fee is $110 per player or $400 per foursome. The deadline is Sept. 10.

For information, contact Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829, ext. 25, or [email protected]

SPECIAL OLYMPICS FEST: Special Olympics of Hernando County is holding Olympic Fest 2012 on Sept. 15 at Springstead High School in Spring Hill.

Open to all groups, 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 begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.

For information, send email to Andrea Lee Purvis at AndreaCan [email protected]

BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT: 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 Sept. 10, limited to the first 100 golfers.

For information, call Tonya Griffin at (352) 797-3410.

SPRING HILL DIXIE BASEBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Baseball will hold registration for the fall season at Anderson Snow Park this month.

League officials will accept sign-ups in the office at the park. Volunteers will be there from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Aug. 23 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25.

All potential players must turn 5 years old by April 30, 2013. Participants cannot turn 15 years old before Nov. 23.

The cost is $70 for the first child from a family and $65 for other children. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover games, insurance and trophies.

A $30 late fee will be charged after the registration dates. There also will be a $30 concession deposit required during sign-ups, but the fee will be refunded after three hours of volunteer work in the concession stand.

For information, call Joe Abbadessa at (352) 263-4488.

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled its sixth annual umpires clinics.

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and also can help seasoned umpires improve. Clinics will take place at Ridge Manor Park in Ridge Manor on Sunday and at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on Sept. 2. All sessions run from noon to 3 p.m.

The clinics are open to men and women ages 16 and older. Registration will begin at 11:30 p.m. each day. 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 in advance. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or email [email protected]

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 event starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. each day.

Participants may sign up at 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.

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

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