While Jason Mahr walked away with the Professional Bowlers Association Spring Hill Open title last weekend, a host of local amateurs stood out with their performances in the PBA Pro-Am on Friday.
In addition to having the opportunity to compete with six pros over the course of three games, the competitors were battling for prize winnings as high as $150.
The Regular Division champion was Johnny Zuidema III with a 1,565 series. The games of 280, 276 and 241 in the no-tap format game him a 797 scratch series. The pros he combined with shot a 768 series to add to Zuidema's final total. The effort won him $150 and a trophy. He adds this to bowling accomplishments that include an 805 series in 2004 and 14 career perfect games.
Just behind Zuidema in the Regular Division was Budd Sowers (1,562). Sowers, who began competing on the lanes only four years ago, has raised his average to 192 in league play. He earned $125. Vicki Zavrel was the highest-placing female with a third-place 1,528. Zavrel, who averages a 155 in league play, rolled games of 219, 196 and 225 to win $85.
Glenn Forrester (1,504, $50), Bob Cartier (1,472, $20) and Sean Weiland (1,472, $20) were the remaining bowlers who received pay-outs in the Regular Division.
The Senior Division winner was Lou Sauer (1,656), a 217 bowler who divides him time between Spring Hill Lanes and Hudson Bowl. Sauer tossed games of 280, 300 and 300 for a near-perfect 880 series. His success was not that surprising, considering he has had three 800 series and two perfect games since 2007. He took home a trophy and $75.
Second place went to Jimmy King (1,564), a 192 bowler who competes at both Spring Hill Lanes and Mariner Lanes. Combined with a pro series of 842, King cruised to a 30-pin gap over the third-place finisher and won $60. Raine Bledsoe (1,538) placed third, throwing three games (189, 200, 214) well above her average of 165. Bledsoe earned $50.
Rounding out the cash winners in the Senior Division were Clint Bullock (1,536, $40), Lee Foust (1,448, $30) and Bruce Grady (1,444, $25).
While youth entrants did not earn cash due to PBA and U.S. Bowling Congress rules, trophies were handed out in both the Junior (130 & Under) Division and Junior (131 & Above) Division.
Among the 35 competitors in the lower division, Elizabeth Foust (1,545) came out on top with games of 220, 144 and 132. Handicap was a big factor for Foust, who came into the tournament averaging only a 115. Her pros combined to throw an 821 series.
Zack Navert (1,499) came in second with a 468 series on the same pair of lanes as Foust. Norah Healy placed third.
In the upper division, Nikki Williams captured the crown with games of 278, 239 and 254 to go with her pros shooting 776. She outdistanced second-place bowler Jake Bence (1,515). Bence, a 184 league bowler, threw games of 265, 238 and 234, while he pros shot a 736 series. Patrick Valentine (1,488) placed third.
NATURE COAST BASKETBALL CAMP: Nature Coast Technical High School will have a youth summer basketball camp Aug. 6 to 9.
The camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for children age 5 through those students entering seventh grade.
For information, call Nature Coast coach David Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.
BROOKSVILLE BULLDOGS BASEBALL: The Brooksville Bulldogs, an AAU travel club, are seeking players for the coming baseball season, which runs from September through February.
The team plays doubleheaders in Brooksville and tournaments in Central Florida in the 14-and-younger age division.
For information, contact Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on Aug. 12 and Sept. 2, at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville on Aug. 5 and at Ridge Manor Park in Ridge Manor on Aug. 19. All sessions run from noon to 3 p.m.
The clinics are open to men and women age 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.
With more than 90 umpires on its roster in 18 leagues throughout Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties, the association continues to grow. This year, the organization will include Mike "Bugsy" Segal, the owner of umpireteacher.com, who has more than 36 years of experience in the field.
Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register in advance. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or email email@example.com.
WEST HERNANDO SENIOR SOFTBALL: The West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors is looking for new players for its 55-and-older softball league.
Games are played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. The season begins in September and ends in April. New players are invited to try out during the next two months, prior to the official start of the season.
For information, call Ray Krisa at (352) 596-0575.
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 baddestmudder.com. There are discounts for groups, and early-bird registration is currently open for a price of $49.95 per runner.
Kids are also welcome; organizers are offering a kids-only "Mini Mudder" pit for free.
YOUTH SOFTBALL CLINICS: The Spring Hill Sting travel softball team is hosting a series of clinics for youth this summer, with proceeds benefiting the club.
The clinics are being organized to teach and emphasize the basics of the game. The girls will be divided by Dixie Softball age divisions (Sweeties, Darlings, Angels and Ponytails).
Sting coach Dianne McClellan will lead the instruction, with assistance from members of the Sting. The remaining camp will run from Aug. 1 to 3. The registration fee is $25 per player.
For information, contact McClellan at (352) 442-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at email@example.com or (352) 584-6337.