The Professional Bowlers Association Southern Regional Tour comes to town this weekend for the 22nd annual Spring Hill Open.
The tournament, an annual event since 1989, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Spring Hill Lanes at 3447 Commercial Way.
The pros look forward to this prestigious stop on the tour.
Famous national competitors have had success at this championship, including 2002 champ and PBA Hall of Fame member Walter Ray Williams Jr., 1994 champ Jason Couch, 1998 champ Steve Hoskins and 2004 champ Ritchie Allen.
Two people have won the Spring Hill championship multiple times. Tampa's Darin Hays won in 1995, 1996, 1999 and 2000 and Tom Daugherty of Wesley Chapel won in 2006 and 2008. Only one local, Spring Hill native Jason Mahr, has won in 2007.
Bowling fans won't be restricted to watching. Friday, locals can compete alongside the pros in a nine-pin no-tap pro-am event.
For an entry fee of $17 for junior bowlers (youth league competitors), $25 for senior bowlers (age 55 or older) or $30 for all others, amateurs can compete on the same lanes with three different professionals. Winners get trophies and/or cash prizes.
Starting Saturday, about 125 of the tour's best bowlers will battle for the championship. The finals should start about 2 p.m. Sunday. Last year's champion was Vernon Peterson of Winter Haven.
Call Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.
DIXIE BASEBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Baseball will hold registrations for the fall season at Anderson Snow Park this month.
On Aug. 14, 16 and 18, league officials will accept signups in the office at the park. Volunteers there from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 14 and from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 and 18.
All potential players must turn 5 years old by April 30, 2011. Participants cannot turn 15 years old before Nov. 23.
The cost for joining is $60 per child and $55 for additional siblings. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover a 15-game schedule, insurance and trophies.
Call league secretary Helen Keith at (352) 797-4934 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
LACROSSE CLINIC: The Hernando Lacrosse Club is hosting a free lacrosse clinic for players between grades 8 and 12.
The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park on Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill on Field 3. East Lake High School and Tampa Bay Lacrosse Academy coach Paul Goldsmith will head up the activities. He will focus on both offensive and defensive concepts.
Call Greg Longo at (352) 200-6111 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BILLIARDS TOURNAMENT: UPS and Capone's Billiard Lounge, 10463 County Line Road in Spring Hill, will host a billiards tournament Aug. 13 to benefit the United Way of Hernando County.
Tournament fees are $17 per player, $15 of which will be donated to the United Way. Registration begins at 7:30 p.m. There will refreshments and raffles for door prizes.
Call Scott Astringer at (352) 799-7550 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
COTEEMAN TRIATHLON: The third annual Coteeman Triathlon will be Aug. 28 at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatics Center, 6335 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.
This event is sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the governing body of triathlons in the United States. The event features a 150-yard pool swim, a 9-mile bike course and a 3.1-mile run. It is designed for beginners who have never competed in a triathlon as well as more experienced triathletes who are looking for a sprint distance event.
Cisit coteemantriathlon.com or call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.
NATURE COAST TENNIS: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host its fifth annual junior doubles tournament Sept. 25 and 26 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
The tournament includes male, female and mixed doubles divisions. The entry fee is $25 per player for one event and $40 for two. The format is best-of-three sets and double elimination. The fee includes lunch provided by Chick-fil-A and awards for the division winners.
Visit nctf.usta.com or call Karen Lund at (352) 585-3733.
BROOKSVILLE RAID SOCCER: The Brooksville Raid under-16 competitive girls soccer team needs players to fill out its roster for the coming season.
The Raid is a travel club that competes with experienced players ages 15 and 16.
Call Charles Allen at (352) 442-5825.
ELECTRIFIED SOFTBALL: Electrified of Spring Hill is forming its roster for the 2010 fall season.
The club is a 12-and-under AAU team that travels for competitive play. The season starts in September.
Call Tom Ulasewich at (352) 584-5861 or Dawn Leo at (352) 585-2584.
To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at firstname.lastname@example.org or (352) 584-6337.