Bill Dargan accomplished a feat that even he didn't see coming. The 77-year-old longtime bowler recently threw a perfect game and an 800 series on the same night — impressive for any bowler.
For Dargan, of Spring Hill, it was first time he had done either. He had thrown good, even great, scores — 299 games, 700 series — but the 300 and 800 had been elusive.
On Aug. 15, he threw games of 257, 267 and 300 for an 824 series. It was a moment that Dargan was excited about at the time, and he remained proud as he received a plaque Tuesday from the U.S. Bowling Congress.
Dargan averages 183 in the Monday Night Men's League at Spring Hill Lanes, and he accomplished his 300/800 in the center's Monday Night Men's Trio summer league.
At Mariner Lanes, Tom Russell also threw a perfect game on Sept. 5 in the Seacreatures League.
Russell is no stranger to honor scores, with eight 300 games and five 800 series to his credit. He currently owns the eighth-highest series in Hernando County history with an 848 at Mariner Lanes on April 23, 2010. His most recent 300 was accompanied by scores of 228 and 235, for a 763 series.
JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT: The Junior Circuit Tennis Series began another season Sept. 16 at the Sugarmill Woods Oak Village Sports Complex in Homosassa.
The event featured tennis professionals Lou Giglio, Rick Scholl and Judy Jeanette, who helped organize and coach players. The field drew players from Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and other counties and was split into three divisions: high school boys, middle/elementary school co-ed and highschool girls.
Chris Rosser of Spring Hill defeated Jesse DeWitt of Brooksville in the High School Boys division in a close two-set sweep. Rosser broke DeWitt's serve once in each set, and it was enough to win 7-5, 6-4. Brody Summer of Inverness won the consolation match to come in third over Coty Willey of Spring Hill, 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 6-3.
The Girls High School Division final was decided between Mahima Tatam of Hernando and Katie Colitz of Crystal River. Tatam easily took the win in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1. Lecanto's Amber Gamble took third place.
Spring Hill resident Elliot Rosser joined his brother in the winner's circle with his victory in the Middle/Elementary division. Rosser beat Arjun Deven of Hernando 24-19 in the pro-set format.
The next JCT tournament is scheduled for Oct. 20-21 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville. To register, contact Jeanette at [email protected] or (352) 232-0322.
MARINER ADULT/CHILD BOWLING: Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill will be starting its Mariner Sunday Mixed Fun Doubles League at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The league will run for 32 weeks, until April 28, and any combination of one adult/one child or two children may assemble a team. The format is nine-pin no-tap, with individual handicap based on 90 percent of a 230 average. The dues are $8 per week.
For information, call Sue Mitchell at (352) 683-7576 or visit the bowling center.
NATURE COAST ADULT DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT: The Mattie Smouse Memorial Adult Men's and Women's Doubles Tennis Tournament will be Sept. 28 to 30 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
The tournament, organized by the Nature Coast Tennis Foundation, requires a tax-deductible donation of $25 to participate in either the men's or women's bracket. There will be snacks and awards.
The schedule begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 with the first round of play. Those who advance will play again on the mornings of Sept. 29-30. All who enter are guaranteed at least two matches.
The registration deadline is Tuesday. All players will receive a call on Wednesday with their match times.
For information, visit nctf.usta.com.
WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Women's 500 Club will host an singles handicap tournament Oct. 7 at Spring Hill Lanes.
To compete, participants must be members of the Hernando County Women's 500 Club and the Hernando County U.S. Bowling Congress Women's Bowling Alliance. Entry forms are available at Mariner Lanes and at Spring Hill Lanes.
The handicap at the event will be 100 percent of a 200 average. Check-in will be at 1 p.m. with a meeting to start the season; bowling will begin at 2 p.m. The entry fee is $17 per person with a deadline of Oct. 1. Entries may be dropped off at either bowling center.
The next club event will be nine-pin no-tap tournament Dec. 2 at Mariner Lanes.
For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.
TENNIS CLASSES: Ace Performance Tennis is offering Quick Start drills and classes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
The cost is $10 per class. The activities and instruction are designed for beginners, using USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. The intention is to learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.
Ace Performance Tennis is also offering Ladies Night Out from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Monday at Delta Woods Park. The cost is also $10 per night. Women with beginning and intermediate skill levels learn to play in a fun social setting.
For information about the camp or classes, call John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or visit louisedowney.usptapro.com.
LAW ENFORCEMENT GOLF BENEFIT: The National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers will have its annual golf tournament Oct. 13 at the Dunes Golf Club, north of Weeki Wachee.
Sign-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. There will be a prize for a hole-in-one on any par 3 hole. Food and prizes will be available in the clubhouse after the tournament.
The deadline for registration is Oct. 10. The entry fee is $55 per golfer or $220 per foursome.
For information, call Chuck Groner at (352) 666-7658.
ALZHEIMER'S GOLF BENEFIT: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will have its 12th-annual Charity Golf Tournament on Nov. 10 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.
Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The event will consist of 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format. Also included with the $80 fee is breakfast provided by IHOP, lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro, goody bags, raffles and door prizes.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams, the longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and a hole-in-one. A new car and other prizes will be provided by Ed Morse Auto Plaza. Players will also have a chance to win $5,000 or a Woody driver, sponsored by the National Cremation and Burial Society. Full Circle Financial will sponsor a putting contest for a chance to win $10,000.
The Alzheimer's Family Organization serves Citrus, Hernando, northern Hillsborough, Lake, Pasco, northern Pinellas and Sumter counties.
For information, contact community service coordinator Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888, toll-free 1-888-496-8004 or [email protected]
BADDEST MUDDER: The Baddest Mudder 5K is coming to Brooksville on Nov. 3-4.
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 near 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 $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.