Friday, March 23, 2018

Local bowlers shine at Florida State Senior Bowling Tournament

Recreation notebook

Over the past month, Spring Hill Lanes has played host to the 45th annual Florida State Senior Bowling Tournament, bringing in bowlers from across the state.

Several local competitors have had success during the five-week event.

In the 65- to 69-year-old Division, Robert Presnell of Brooksville held the lead heading into the final weekend with a 785 series. Ronald Ruppe (729) of Hudson was 10th in the division. Kevin Williams of Spring Hill, a former Professional Bowlers Association competitor, was tied for eighth with a 711 series in the 50 to 54 Division.

Larry Stellato of Spring Hill (1,403) was sixth overall in the All-Events 70-plus Division. Muriel Hallett of Spring Hill (1,378) was ninth in the same division. Presnell (1,422) was eighth in the All-Events 65 to 69 Division, while Robert Folk of Brooksville (1,415) was ninth. Spooky Block of Spring Hill (1,434) was second overall in the All-Events 50 to 54 Division. Williams (1,407) was sixth.

Across the team, doubles and singles competitions, Rich Garner of Hudson was seventh among all who have entered the tournament with 2,097 pins. Garner's success came mostly in the doubles event, where he and partner Mike Coons were in fourth place. The duo of Block and Hallett were third in the same event, while Stellato and Williams were in eighth place.

Three perfects games and an 826 series have been bowled during the tournament. James Emanuelson of Tallahassee, Jack Pirtle of Jacksonville and Winter Springs's Kevin Humble each shot a 300 game, while Emanuelson became the lone competitor to top 800.

The influx of out-of-town bowlers each weekend has boosted the local economy, helping to fill Spring Hill's hotels and restaurants. It is the first major tournament in the county since Spring Hill and Mariner Lanes combined to host the Florida State Bowling Tournament in 2010.

ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE GOLF TOURNAMENT: The first One Room Schoolhouse Golf Tournament will be March 22 at Seven Hills Golf Course in Spring Hill.

Tee time is at noon. The $50 fee per golfer covers greens fees, a cart and a sit-down lunch. There will also be a Chinese auction, as well as a live auction.

For the past 14 years, a group has been raising money to build a one-room schoolhouse reproduction in Brooksville. The facility will serve as a living history museum and also as a community meeting place. The group has recently broken ground and is preparing to build.

For information, call (352) 597-1064 or (352) 556-4064.

HERNANDO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 5K: The Hernando County Bar Association will have a 5K and 1-mile run/walk at the Weekiwachee Preserve, 2345 Osowaw Blvd., Spring Hill, on March 29.

The event will start at 8 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Individuals can compete for a fee of $25, while families can all sign up for $45. Students under 18 can compete for a $15 fee.

For information, send email to [email protected]

ADULT REC KICKBALL AND SOFTBALL LEAGUES: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will be starting its spring season adult recreation leagues in March.

The leagues are open to players ages 16 and older. There will be a mandatory softball managers meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for all leagues — women, coed and men.

Men's games will be played every Monday starting March 17. Women's games will be played Tuesdays starting March 18, and coed games will be played on Thursdays starting March 20. Sponsors fees are $250 per team, with a participation fee of $20 per player. New teams also are required to pay a $25 National Softball Association sanction fee.

Games for the coed kickball league will be every Wednesday starting March 19. Sponsor fees will be $250 per team, with a player fee of $20. A mandatory kickball managers meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11.

All games will be played at the Jerome Brown Community Center fields. or information, call the Parks and Recreation Department at (352) 540-3835.

HBA 'BANG BANG' TOURNAMENT: The eighth annual "Bang Bang" Sporting Clays Tournament will take place on Saturday.

The annual Hernando Builders Association fundraiser will be at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays Range, 10514 Ehren's Cutoff Road in Land O'Lakes.

Sign-in starts at 8 a.m., with the tournament starting at 9 a.m. Entry forms for teams are available at the HBA office on Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville, and online at

The cost to enter is $99 per person, which includes coffee and doughnuts before the tournament, a catered lunch and awards. Awards will be given for the top three teams, the top three individual scores and the top three female scores, plus a "Turkey" Award.

Tickets will be sold at the event for shotgun and prize drawings. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the Florida Sheriff's Youth Ranch.

For information, call (352) 596-1114 or visit Hernando Builders Association website at

HERNANDO COUNTY WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING: The Hernando County Women's 500 Club will have its next tournament at Mariner Lanes on Feb. 9.

The certified doubles tournament is open to all U.S. Bowling Congress-Women's Bowling Association members already qualified through the 500 Club.

Check-in will be at 1 p.m., with bowling starting at 1:30 p.m.

The entry deadline is Monday for a fee of $17 per bowler. Handicap in the event will be based on 100 percent of a 200 average. Tournament applications are available at both Spring Hill Lanes and Mariner Lanes.

For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.

RIDGE LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION: The Ridge Ladies Golf Association is hosting its first Ladies Invitational on Feb. 24 at the Ridge Golf Club in Ridge Manor.

If there is rain, the makeup date will be Feb. 27. The theme for the tournament will be Mardi Gras.

The $45 fee per golfer includes greens fees, cart, prizes, breakfast and lunch. The format for is two-person best-ball handicap.

Applications are available at the Ridge Golf Club pro shop. For information, contact Donna Shipway at (352) 608-4111 or [email protected]

'GIRLS NIGHT OUT' SHOOTING: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, has a new "Girls Night Out" trap shooting group.

The women's group will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday night of every month at the trap range.

For those who have never tried trap shooting or don't have their own shotgun, the club will provide 20-gauge shotguns for the group to use. Those using a club shotgun should bring at least two boxes of 20-gauge ammunition, ear plugs and eye protection. Participants may use their own guns. There is a trap range fee of $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. The fee covers to two games of trap. Everyone is welcome.

For information, call the club at (352) 597-9931 or visit The club also has a Facebook page.

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