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Mariner Classic is open to top bowlers

The 17th annual Mariner Classic Singles Championship will be at 1 p.m. April 21 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

All bowlers with a 180 or above U.S. Bowling Congress-sanctioned yearbook average are eligible to compete. The handicap will be based on 80 percent of 240.

Each competitor will toss six qualifying games, and the top five placers will move on to the stepladder finals. Scratch brackets will be available for anyone who wishes to enter.

The entry fee is $50 per bowler, and all entries for the tournament will close at noon on the day of the event.

For information, call Sue Mitchell at (352) 683-7576.

FIRST TEE GOLF PROGRAM: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department will begin a First Tee golf program the week of April 8 at the Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville.

First Tee focuses on golf and life skills instruction. The juniors program strives to instill in participants the organization's nine core values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

The cost is $60 per child for a six-week session, with ages 7 to 14 eligible. Students are encouraged to bring a bottle of water with them.

For information, contact Tiffany Taylor at (352) 540-3835 or ttaylor@cityofbrooksville.us.

ADULT MIXED DOUBLES TENNIS TOURNAMENT: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host its second annual Cinco de Mayo Adult Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament on May 4 and 5 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

The event will feature two divisions. Teams with a combined national tennis rating of 7 or above, according to the U.S. Tennis Association, will be placed in Division A; tandems with a combined rating of less than 7 will compete in the Division B.

The cost is $20 per player, and the event is open to all adult players. Non-USTA members are welcome.

For information, call Don Kirby at (352) 584-2778 or Karen Lund at (352) 585-3733. Interested players may also send email to nctf@tampabay.rr.com or visit nctf.usta.com.

HERNANDO WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING: The Hernando County Women's 500 Club will have its next tournament on April 28 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

The event will be an 8-pin no-tap tournament with two divisions: Class A (151 average and above) and Class B (150 average and below). Entrants must be members of the Hernando County Women's 500 Club, the Hernando County Women's Bowling Association and the U.S. Bowling Congress.

The deadline to register is April 23, and applications are available at both Spring Hill Lanes and Mariner Lanes.

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

HUMANE SOCIETY GOLF TOURNAMENT: Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club in Brooksville will host the fourth annual Cause Fore Paws golf tournament April 9 to benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.

A shotgun start for the best-ball scramble is set for 9 a.m., with check-in at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $75 per golfer, which includes prizes and a buffet barbecue lunch. The registration deadline is Friday.

Sponsorships also are available for pets and their human companions. Proceeds will be used to care for homeless pets in Hernando, Citrus, Pasco and Sumter counties.

For information, call the Humane Society office at (352) 796-2711 or visit humanrescue.org.

PARROTT FOOTBALL GOLF CLASSIC: The Parrott Middle School football program will have its Parrott Football Golf Classic on May 23 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

Proceeds will go to the Parrott football team for the fall season. Registration fee is $75 per golfer or $300 per foursome. Platinum ($3,000), gold ($2,000), drink cart ($500) and hole ($125) sponsorships are available. Donations will also be accepted.

The entry fee includes greens fees, prizes and lunch. The shotgun start will be at 1 p.m., with a barbecue lunch provided at noon. Rick Matthews GMC-Buick is sponsoring four hole-in-one prizes, including money, golf clubs, founds of golf and a vacation package. There will also be a closest-to-the-pin contest, a longest drive contest, a 50-50 raffle and door prizes.

For information, contact James Ellis at (352) 279-0055, Dionne Brinson at (352) 279-5982 or Clarissa Parks at (352) 282-6687.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Gifts from Home Support Our Troops Golf Tournament will be April 14 at Rivard Golf Club, off U.S. 41 south of Brooksville.

All proceeds go to Gifts from Home, which sends items to troops overseas in an effort to raise morale. The organization's funding comes from individual donations and fundraising events.

Registration fee is $35 per golfer or $140 per foursome. The cost includes greens fees, prizes and food.

The shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. There will be a closest-to-the-pin contest, a longest drive contest, a 50-50 raffle and a yard sale.

Entry forms may be picked up at Rivard.

For information, contact Larry or Linda Kidwell at (352) 684-4185 or giftsfromhome@tampabay.rr.com.

FIREARMS CLASSES AND BENEFIT EVENT: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, on U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee, is offering firearms safety classes over the next few months.

The next class dates will be April 3, April 20, May 1, May 18 and Jun. 5. A special "ladies only" class will be held on June 15. All classes run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The course covers lessons about the basics of firearm safety around the home and the fundamentals of pistol shooting. The class includes practice time on the range.

Completion of the class provides the required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit.

Advance registration is required; fee is $60 per person.

For information, call (352) 597-9931 or visit hernandosportsmansclub.com.

HOGAN LAW FIRM FISHING TOURNAMENT: The fifth annual Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice casts off from Bayport on April 27.

The event begins at 7 a.m., with fishing ending at 3 p.m. An awards banquet and silent auction will follow.

Registration is $100 per angler for individuals with their own boat, bait and tackle. Participants registering by Friday will receive a $25 discount. All anglers will receive a gift bag, tournament shirt and three meals for the day.

Last year's tournament included 50 registrants and raised more than $19,000 to benefit of HPH Hospice.

For information, including sponsorship opportunities, call the Hogan Law Firm at (352)799-8423 or visit HLF-Fishing Tournament.com.

DISTANCE RUNNING EVENT: Jim Harnett is hosting the Croom Fools Trail Run, a long-distance running event in Hernando County, on April 6.

The run will be in the Withlacoochee State Forest. The event is a series of three races, including a 50-mile Fools Run, a 50-kilometer "I'm Not a Fool" Run, and a 16-mile run. The main trail for the event is a 16-mile loop.

For information, visit naturallyhernando.org or call the county tourism office at (352) 754-4405.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at derekjlariviere@gmail.com or (352) 584-6337.

Mariner Classic is open to top bowlers 03/27/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 8:11pm]

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