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Hernando County recreation notebook

The Dunes Women's Golf League had its 19th annual Sweet & Simple Invitational Tournament on Sept. 22.

With 90 golfers participating, 21 clubs from around the Tampa Bay area were represented.

The overall low gross score was a tie between Barb Breesmen and Joy Figueredo (77), both from the Dunes. After a sudden-death playoff on the first hole, Figueredo was awarded the special prize of next year's entry fee.

Sue Gripton (66) of the Dunes won the overall low net title. Her award was also next year's entry fee.

Other low net winners included Gail McCrea (68) from Beacon Woods Golf Club in Bayonet Point, Elizabeth McLeod (69) from Sugarmill Woods Golf Club in Homosassa, Vicki Francis (68) from the Dunes, Joyce Thomas (72) from Glen Lakes Country Club north of Weeki Wachee, Sue Um (72) from the Dunes, Trudy Smith (71) from Plantation Golf Club in Crystal River and Jean Berezuk (73) from the Dunes.

Other low gross winners included Doris Pearce (88), Karen Stacy (88), Sally Esposito (89), Pat Smith (96), Gripton (96) and Kathy Staber (105). All gross champions were from the Dunes.

Awards for closest to the pin went to Judy Davis from Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville, Esposito, Ann Hoglund from East Lake Woodlands Golf Club in Oldsmar and Judy Tickles from Temple Terrace.

An optional putting contest took place after the tournament, with all proceeds going to WomenHeart, the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. Judy Dalhaus from the Dunes won the contest.

The Dunes Women's Golf League meets every Thursday morning at the Dunes, north of Weeki Wachee. If interested, call Karen Berch at (352) 382-2867.

LIFECHOICES WOMEN'S CARE GOLF: LifeChoices Women's Care will have its inaugural Golf for Life Charity Golf Tournament on Oct. 22. The tournament will be at Lexington Oaks Golf Club in Wesley Chapel.

The cost is $75 per golfer, and participants will receive greens fees, free range balls, door prizes, contests, goodie bags, dinner and awards. This is a non-handicap tournament, and everyone is welcome.

Proceeds will go to LifeChoices Women's Care, formerly the Lutz-Land O' Lakes Pregnancy Center. The facility has been helping women facing unplanned pregnancies with free services since 2009.

The tournament is being sponsored by Knights of Columbus Monsignor Kevin S. Mullens Council 12956, but sponsorship opportunities are still available. Organizers also are accepting donations for door prizes.

For information, visit or call (813) 948-7734.

YMCA YOUTH SPORTS: The Hernando County YMCA is forming its annual leagues for 2011.

The soccer league is open to players ages 3 to 14, and the season runs from Oct. 17 to Dec. 17. Participants receive a trophy and uniform shirt. Scholarships are available. The cost for ages 3 to 5 is $52 for facility members and $62 for nonmembers; the cost for ages 6 to 14 is $66 for members and $76 for nonmembers.

The flag football league is open to players ages 6 to 17, and the season runs from Oct. 18 to Dec. 15. Participants receive a trophy and uniform shirt. Scholarships are available. The cost for all ages is $62 for facility members and $76 for nonmembers.

Cheerleading is open to youth and runs from Saturday to Dec. 17. The squads will cheer for the flag football teams and put together a show for two family events. The cost for all ages is $62 for facility members and $76 for nonmembers. The uniform fee is $85, and the uniform can be reused.

All leagues take place at the Y, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 688-9622 or visit

PHCC 5K: Pasco-Hernando Community College will host its seventh annual PHCC 5K Race at 8 a.m. Oct. 23 at the New Port Richey campus, 10230 Ridge Road.

Proceeds will benefit the college's women's cross-country program. The registration fee of $15 includes a race T-shirt; the registration deadline is Oct. 15.

A free Family Fun Run will also be offered for children 12 and under. All participants receive goodie bags and an award. T-shirts are also available for purchase.

Race day registration begins at 6:30 a.m., and preregistered participants are encouraged to arrive at 7 a.m. Awards will be given by age group and to the top male and female finishers. The event will feature free post-race refreshments, games, photos and drawings.

For information or to register online, visit

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. If interested, send e-mail to Jacki Wachtel at

NATURE COAST DISC GOLF: The Nature Coast Disc Golf Club holds weekly events in the area.

At 10 a.m. Sundays at Floral Park in Floral City, players can compete in a 19-hole handicap round. Members also gather at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville at 3 p.m. every Saturday.

For information, call club president Buz Ryalls-Clephane at (352) 584-5078 or club treasurer Brandi Laudermilch at (352) 263-4475. The club can also be reached by e-mail at

FIRST TEE GOLF: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is getting ready to host another session of First Tee Golf for children looking to learn how to get onto the links.

The First Tee Golf/Life Skills is for ages 7 to 17 and starts Nov. 7. The instructors teach the First Tee Nine Core Values through the game of golf. Students have the opportunity to work on basic life and golf skills, including putting, chipping, driving and golf course etiquette. The sessions will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville.

For information, call Mike Groff at (352) 540-3835.

ALZHEIMER'S CHARITY GOLF: The Alzheimer's Family Organization, which serves Hernando, Pasco, Citrus and other counties on the Suncoast, will have its 11th annual charity golf tournament Nov. 12 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.

Registration is scheduled for 6:30 a.m.; breakfast will be provided by IHOP. The shotgun start is set for 8 a.m., with lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro at the conclusion of play. The tournament is 18 holes with a four-person scramble format.

There will be awards for the top three teams, as well as prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one (a car provided by Ed Morse Auto Plaza). Full Circle Financial is sponsoring a putting contest, with a chance to win $10,000.

The registration fee is $80 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For information, call Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.

Hernando County recreation notebook 10/05/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 5:06pm]
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