Before Mike Williams II won the 23rd annual Professional Bowling Association Spring Hill Open at Spring Hill Lanes last weekend, 211 house regulars competed with the professionals in the annual pro-am.
With four divisions, including Senior (55 and older), Junior A & B (18 and under) and Regular, the tournament was a success. PBA Southern Region director Harry O'Neale said Spring Hill is one of the most popular of the 26 stops on the tour.
Lawrence Walsh won the Regular Division with a pin total of 1,631, earning $180 for his effort. He beat out runner-up Jim Ziants (1,497) for the top spot. Ziants earned $130.
Walsh is from the Chicago area and has two perfect games and two 800 series on his U.S. Bowling Congress record. Ziants, a regular on the lanes in north Pinellas County, maintains a 166 average in two leagues.
In the Senior Division, Carlton Jones won $100 with a 1,504 pin total. His score was just two pins better than runner-up Patricia Cameron (1,502). Cameron, a house bowler at Spring Hill Lanes, won $65. Jones, who also competes at Spring Hill in the Tuesday Night Mixed League, has a 181 average.
The junior divisions did not provide cash rewards, but the Junior A (13 and under) and Junior B (12 and under) winners did take home trophies. In the Junior A Division, Kyle Keelan (1,482) edged out Madison Slayton (1,456). The Junior B title went to Zach Tresize (1,546) with a one-pin win over Brennan Hopkins (1,545).
CREWS LAKE FOOTBALL: The Crews Lake Cowboys Football and Cheerleading program is looking for new players for the upcoming season.
Crews Lake is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting leadership, skills, teamwork and discipline. The club is one of several Pasco Police Athletic League teams. The league is open to youths ages 5 to 14.
The 2011 season will start shortly, and the Cowboys are looking for new or experienced players for football and cheerleading. The team is also looking for more coaches and volunteers. The cost is $180 for cheerleading and $160 for football. The team practices at 15480 Green Glen Lane, Spring Hill.
For information, call Brad Surrency at (352) 556-8380.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES GOLF: Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks will play host to the seventh annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament on Oct. 28.
The event will benefit the building of the Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center, which will serve residents of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
Registration is scheduled for 7 a.m., when coffee and doughnuts will be served. The shotgun start will be at 8 a.m., with a buffet lunch at the conclusion of play.
There will be prizes awarded for holes-in-one, including a 2011 Buick-GMC courtesy of Rick Matthews, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle courtesy of Crystal River Harley-Davidson and a golf cart courtesy of Country Club Cars of Brooksville.
The registration fee is $60 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are available until Oct. 20.
For information, call Abby Evert at (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.
SENIOR SOFTBALL: The West Hernando Softball Club for Seniors League is looking for new members for the season that starts in September.
The league is open to players 55 and older. Games are played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill.
For information, call Tony Passanesi at (352) 686-6812.
MORE SENIOR SOFTBALL: The Senior Softball Invitational League will start its season in September and is looking for new players.
The league meets at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. The fee is $60 for approximately 40 games, and a player must be 50 or older.
For information, call Sal Ficarra at (352) 688-1605.
ACE PERFORMANCE TENNIS: Ace Performance Tennis is hosting two events this summer.
QuickStart Drills will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. The cost is $10 per class. There will be drills and games designed for beginning players, using USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. Participants will learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.
Ladies Night Out will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park. The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a social setting.
For information, call John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or visit louisedowney.usptapro.com.
BROOKSVILLE BULLDOGS: The Brooksville Bulldogs are seeking players for the coming baseball season, which runs from September through February.
The team plays doubleheaders in Brooksville and tournaments in the Central Florida region. The two age divisions are 13-and-under and 14-and-under.
For information, call Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or send e-mail to [email protected]
UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled its annual baseball/softball umpires clinics.
The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. Local clinics will take place at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on Aug. 21 and 28.
The sessions are open to men and women age 16 and older. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. each day, with the clinics starting at 1 p.m. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.
Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send e-mail to [email protected]
ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUE: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is playing host to an Adult Basketball League at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville, beginning Aug. 23.
The league is open to participants 18 and older. Games will take place at 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. The registration deadline is Aug. 12, and players will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $400 per team, with an eight-player minimum.
For information, call (352) 540-3835.
To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.