The recent 20th annual Spring Hill Open was successful, according to Spring Hill Lanes owner Carlos Martins, as a good number of spectators came to watch the championship finals between Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel and Lee Vanderhoef of Greenville, S.C.
Daugherty caught some breaks in the late frames to deliver a 219-180 victory over the streaking Vanderhoef, earning $2,500 as well. Daugherty considers this his favorite tournament, but the win was still an upset.
Vanderhoef is coming off a streak of seven consecutive tournaments of top-eight finishes and looked dialed in heading into the finals. Meanwhile, Daugherty, who has four career PBA victories, has traveled less this season because of gas prices and hasn't bowled competitively in more than a month.
Turnouts at recent PBA Southern Region Tour stops have been down. Last year, close to 200 participants made the trip to Spring Hill Lanes for the open, but this year, only 98 competed.
Daugherty competed in the open as his first professional tournament in 2002 and won in 2006 for his first PBA title. Last summer, it was Spring Hill native Jason Mahr capturing his first PBA crown at the tournament. Mahr finished 43rd with a pin total of 1,583 and did not cash.
Chris Polizzi, still a youth bowler at 18, qualified for the field in the Spring Hill Sweeper held one week earlier. He had never competed in a pro tournament prior to that, but finished 21st (2,721), earning $400. He was the highest Hernando County finisher.
Because Polizzi is still a youth competitor, the PBA places his winnings in a third-party account for him to use for only bowling-related activities and scholarships.
VOLLEYBALL: The Hudson Area Sand Volleyball League is forming and looking for more players, ages 18 or older. Held at 14235 Pine St. in Hudson, prospective players can register until Aug. 15. League games start Aug. 18 and will be Monday and Tuesday evenings, with each two- or four-player team playing a 10-game season. Cost is $25 per player or $40 per if players join both leagues. Players can register at www.USCommunitySports.com, click sign up and use "volleyball" as a referral code. For information, call Brad Birdsell at (727) 243-6732 or e-mail [email protected]
BASKETBALL: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation department will sponsor a competitive women's basketball league for ages 16 and up at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex.
The season will include 10 games played Saturday mornings and a single-elimination playoff tournament. Cost is $300 per 10-person team. The deadline to register is 6 p.m. Aug. 30. The league starts Sept. 6.
There also will be a men's basketball league, which begins play Aug. 12. Registration will run Aug. 2-12. Cost is $300 per team with a maximum of 12 players and the same length season as the women. Games will be Thursday evenings. Players must be 25 or older, and individual players will be added to a recruiting list. There is a limit on the number of teams accepted and will be received first-come, first-served. For information, call (813) 929-1220.
SOFTBALL: The Hernando County Recreation Department will sponsor the Men's One-Pitch Softball Tournament on Aug. 9 at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. The format will be double elimination and will cost $210 per team, which is due on or before Aug. 5. Teams must provide their own softballs. Trophies will be awarded to teams in first, second and third place. For information, call Fred Kranz at (352) 754-4031.
MORE SOFTBALL: The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department will hold registration for an adult softball league Friday through Sunday at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd.
The league will begin in late August. Play will take place on four nights: co-ed on Mondays, men's on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and church on Thursdays.
Team costs will be $375, and there is a $25 sanction fee. Space is limited. For information, call (813) 929-1229.
Community Sports Editor Mike Camunas contributed to this report. Submit upcoming events, registrations, leagues and more info to [email protected]