The 15th annual Mariner Classic is scheduled for Sunday at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.
The fee to enter the singles tournament is $50 per bowler, with a first-place prize that could reach $1,000. The open championship is for any male or female bowler whose U.S. Bowling Congress yearbook average is 180 or above. No Professional Bowlers Association or youth bowlers will be accepted. Handicap will be taken from 80 percent of 230. The tournament will begin at 1 p.m.
All entry forms, rules and regulations are available at the bowling center or by calling (352) 683-7576.
OLSEN CONTINUES DOMINANCE: Jay Olsen continues to shine on Hernando County lanes this season, with a perfect game March 8 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill. In the Coca-Cola Classic League, he tossed a 300, his seventh such effort of the campaign. Olsen's honor score totals for the 2009-10 season are head and shoulders above other bowlers. He has three 800 series and two 290 games to go with his seven perfect games, and there is still more than a month remaining in the schedule.
On the same night as Olsen's last 300, Tom Bozquez Jr. threw a 299 game in the Coca-Cola Classic League at Mariner.
LITTLE BUDDIES ATHLETICS: The Brooksville Recreation Department is about to begin two more Little Buddies Athletics sports.
The Little Buddies Tennis program, open to children ages 4 to 7, is designed to help parents work one-on-one with their children while teaching them the basics of tennis. Beginning April 19, the program will be held weekly — from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Mondays for beginners and from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. for advanced students — at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. The camp will run for eight weeks.
The Little Buddies Baseball program, open to children ages 3 to 5, is designed to help parents work one-on-one with their children while teaching them the fundamentals of baseball.
Beginning April 27, the program will be held weekly 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Tuesdays on the softball fields outside the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville. The camp will run for six weeks.
Both programs cost $50 per child and include a T-shirt. Call the Brooksville Recreation Department at (352) 540-3835.
HOSPICE GOLF TOURNAMENT: The 13th annual Hospice Benefit Golf Tournament will be April 15 at Silverthorn Country Club in Brooksville.
Sponsored by Gail Spada Century 21 Alliance Realty and Cindy Vanderheiden "Staging Success," the Silverthorn ladies' and men's golf associations are hosting the event to raise funds for HPH Hospice in Hernando County. Last year's net proceeds were $20,427. The tournament is open to the public and begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $80, covering golf, lunch and prizes. There will be a hole-in-one contest sponsored by ReMax Marketing.
Anyone interested may call Bobbie Joseph at (352) 797-0846.
SPIKE CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando Builders Association is hosting its annual HBA Spike Club Golf Tournament at the Dunes Golf Club at Seville on March 31.
The tournament, sponsored by Artistic Homes, BJH Construction General Contractors, Hartland Homes, Pastore Custom Builders, Ron King Construction and Royal Coachman Homes, will offer an opportunity to win a house.
If someone makes a hole-in-one at a predetermined par-3 hole, the person will win a house valued up to $150,000.
Entry in the amateur tournament is $100 per player and is open to the public. The tournament format is a four-person team scramble with a shotgun start. Entry includes lunch, cart, greens fees and refreshments. Check-in is at 11 a.m., with lunch served from 11 a.m. to noon. Tee-off is at 12:30 p.m. There are 28 team slots available. Deadline for entry and payment is Monday.
All entry forms, rules and regulations are available at the HBA office at 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville, or online at www.HernandoBuilders.com. For information, call the HBA office at (352) 596-1114.
EDUCATION FOUNDATION GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Education Foundation will have its annual golf tournament May 14 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville. The tournament, sponsored by the construction company Skanska, is a four-person team scramble format. Entry fees are $100 per golfer or $400 per team. If a business would like to sponsor a team, that team can join for $450. The deadline for business sponsorships is May 7.
Registration opens at 11:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. Dinner, awards presentations and door prizes will be at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested can visit www.hcsb.k12.fl.us/educationfoundation or call (352) 238-2677.
RUN 4 SHELTER: The third annual Jericho Road Ministries Run 4 Shelter 5K, 10K and 1-mile is scheduled for April 10.
Runners and walkers will meet at 7 a.m. in the Palmwood Builders lot at the entrance to River Country Estates on U.S. 19 in Spring Hill. Pre-event registration is $20 per participant; race day registration is $25 per participant. Family rates are available at $50 for three or more runners. Children under 12 cost only $3.
Free T-shirts are guaranteed to runners who preregister. There are male and female divisions in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 and grand masters over 60.
Anyone interested can e-mail email@example.com or visit Jericho-Road.net and click the Fun Run link.
FISHING TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice is looking for sponsors.
Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for hospice. The tournament casts off April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament.
Send e-mail to Debbie Hogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Jennifer Rey at email@example.com, or call (352) 799-8423.
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