Pro bowlers will return to Spring Hill Lanes this weekend for the 24th-annual Spring Hill Open, sponsored by Samuel Adams.
A stop on the Professional Bowlers Association Southern Region Tour, the tournament, which takes place today through Sunday, is the only regular professional event in Hernando County. In years past, it has featured some of the best bowlers in the sport.
Today, local bowlers will compete alongside the pros in the 9-pin No-Tap Pro-Am.
For an entry fee of $17 for junior bowlers (youth league competitors), $25 for senior bowlers (age 55 or older) and $30 for all others, amateurs can bowl on the same lanes with three professionals. Winners will receive trophies, scholarships or cash prizes.
Starting Saturday, about 125 of the tour's best will battle for the championship. The finals should start about 2 p.m. Sunday. Last season, Montgomery, Ala., native and University of Central Florida alumnus Michael Williams II won the tournament for the first time, and he is expected to return to defend his crown.
For information, call Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.
NATURE COAST BASKETBALL CAMP: Nature Coast Technical High School will have a youth summer basketball camp Aug. 6-9.
The camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for youths 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 upcoming 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 [email protected]
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 protected]
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 before the official start of the season.
For information, call Ray Krisa at (352) 596-7505.
POKER AND BILLIARDS FUNDRAISER: Compassion for All His Creatures, a rescue and sanctuary south of Brooksville, will have its fourth-annual Texas Hold 'Em Poker and 8-Ball Billiards Tournament on Saturday at Capone's Billiards in Spring Hill.
The event will begin at 1 p.m., with $1,500 in donations to be given away; prizes will go to the top six finishers in each division. Doors will open at noon for early registration. There will be other raffles and door prizes throughout the tournament.
For information, call Peggy Ghezzi at (352) 754-9692.
HERNANDO SPORTS CAMPS: The Hernando County Department of Recreation is holding sports camps for children this summer.
The volleyball camp has one remaining session, from July 30 to Aug. 2 at Challenger K-8 School of Science and Mathematics, taught by Hernando High School volleyball coach Patti Martin and assistant Robin Bailey. The instructors will cover fundamentals with daily drills and skills, followed by interleague games.
The cost is $65 per week. Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. for an additional $10.
The sports camp will allow kids to enjoy a variety of indoor and outdoor sports activities, including basketball, flag football, tennis, dodgeball and kickball. Campers will spend each day learning the rules and playing games.
The cost is $65 for each of the two sessions, with a limit of 50 campers. The camp will take place from Monday July 26 at West Hernando Middle School and is open to ages 8 to 14.
The activities will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with extended hours available from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 4 p.m. for an additional $10.
For information, call the Recreation Department at (352) 754-4031 or visit hernandocounty.us/parks_rec.
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. 1-3. The registration fee is $25 per player.
For information, contact McClellan at (352) 442-3047 or [email protected]
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.