Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hernando Sportsman's Club hosts 15 shooting matches in September

The Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, hosts weekly sport shooting events.

September will feature 15 different competitions, starting with three events Sept. 1. The steel target pistol match, junior .22-gauge rifle match (age 10 to 18 only) and Cowboy Action pistol match will all begin at 9 a.m. that day. A bowling pin pistol match will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 2.

The following weekend, the club will host an Action Rifle match at 9 a.m. Sept. 8. On Sept. 9, there will be a 200-yard Hi-Power rifle match at 8 a.m. and a U.S. Practical Shooting Association pistol match at 9 a.m.

The third week of club competitions begins Sept. 15 with Garand Rifle match at 8 a.m. and the International Defensive Pistol Association pistol match at 9 a.m. On Sept. 16, the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association Pistol and .22-gauge Rifle Silhouette match will be at 9 a.m. and the Classic Fast Draw single-action Western revolver match at 9:30 a.m.

The next week will include the Two-Gun (pistol/shotgun) match at 9 a.m. and the International Pistol match at 9 a.m. Sept. 22. The Bull's-eye Pistol match will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 23.

The final competition of the month, the Three-Gun (pistol/rifle/shotgun) match, is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 30.

Practice times are available during the week. The competition schedule is subject to change. Visit hernando for updated times.

For information, call the club office at (352) 597-9931.

SPRING HILL DIXIE SOFTBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Softball will have registration for the fall season at Anderson Snow Park over the next couple of weeks.

League officials will accept sign-ups in the pavilion at the park. Volunteers will be there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 1 and from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

The cost is $100 per child. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover games, insurance and trophies.

For information, visit

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

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

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 will also 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.

CANCER GOLF BENEFIT: The Ridge Golf Club, 34450 Whispering Oaks Blvd., Ridge Manor, is playing host to the inaugural Cancer Golf Tournament on Sept. 8 to raise money for two Centennial Middle School students in Dade City who recently were diagnosed with cancer.

Hailey Limoges, 12, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was transferred to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg to start radiation treatments. Shane Salyer, 12, was diagnosed with Stage 2-3 lymphoma in 2009. He went into remission after a year of intense radiation treatment, but the cancer has returned. All proceeds will be split between the two families.

The event format is a four-person scramble. Entrants may bring their own team, or the club can match groups. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. The shotgun start is at 8 a.m.

The cost is $45 per golfer, which includes greens fees, cart and lunch. There will be prizes for closest-to-the-pin, longest drive (men and women) and a hole-in-one — $10,000, sponsored by Jarrett Ford in Dade City. There will also be prizes for the first-, second- and third-place teams, plus door prizes. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m.

For information, call Betty O'Brien at (352) 608-4800 or (248) 420-7620 or Eugenia Parlow at (352) 583-7896.

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 Matt Joyce 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 Kiwanis Club to various 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 will have its Olympics Fest 2012 on Sept. 15 at Springstead High School on Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill.

Open to all ages, from 3 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 age 3 to 13, $8 for age 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, email Andrea Lee Purvis at [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.

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 two-day 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 open for $49.95 per runner.

Kids are welcome; organizers are offering a kids-only "Mini Mudder" pit for free.

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

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