Fall leagues have begun at the local bowling centers, and already there have been some notable U.S. Bowling Congress achievements on the lanes.
Lane conditions have improved at Mariner Lanes, under new ownership for only the third time in the center's 24-year history, and in the Friday Early Mariners League on Aug. 23, Chris Bernhardt Sr. tossed a second-game 300 for his fifth career perfect game.
A 217 in the first game and 193 in the last served as bookends for Bernhardt's 300 in the first night of sanctioned league competition at Mariner.
A couple of weeks later, the Coca-Cola Classic League opened at Mariner on Sept. 2 with two perfect games.
Ron Wellons, who has been competing at a high level for years, tossed his second 300 of the calendar year. After meeting perfection at Spring Hill Lanes in January, he rolled games of 224, 300 and 226 for a 750 series this time.
James Kupres Jr. joined him with a first-game 300 that night. He followed with a 236 and 249 for a 785 series. Kupres is no stranger to USBC achievements either. This was his eighth sanctioned perfect game to go with two 800 series.
MASQUERADE MINI MARATHON: The Junior Service League of Brooksville will host its first Masquerade Mini Marathon on Oct. 12 at Russell Street Park in Brooksville.
The event, including a 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run, will raise money for women's and children's charities in Hernando County, something that the Junior Service League has been doing since the 1930s.
While it is not required, participants are encouraged to run in costumes. There will be a post-race pancake breakfast. Prizes will be awarded for race times and the best costumes. Details can be found by visiting active.com/brooksville-fl/running/masquerade-mini-marathon-2013.
For information, contact Junior Service League president Paula Whitaker at (352) 799-4466 or [email protected]
NATURE COAST BASKETBALL FUNDRAISER GOLF TOURNAMENT: Nature Coast Technical High School will hold a golf fundraiser for its basketball and cheerleading teams on Sept. 29 at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.
The cost is $90 per participant. Each golfer will receive a $200 gift card to Warrior Golf, a $50 Callaway gift card, plus discounts and gift cards for Southern Hills, Golfsmith and Edwin Watts Golf.
For information, call Nature Coast basketball coach David Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.
HOLES FOR HOUNDS GOLF FUNDRAISER: Cares Animal Rescue will have a Holes for Hounds golf fundraiser Sept. 28 at Toscana Crossing Golf Club at the Heather, north of Weeki Wachee.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The event will consist of nine holes of golf. The cost to play is $30 per person. Lunch is also included, along with a cart.
For information, call Judi Verzulli at (352) 597-7869 or the Toscana Crossing pro shop at (352) 596-2019.
ALZHEIMER'S FUNDRAISER GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Alzheimer's Family Organization, in conjunction with Full Circle Financial, will have its 13th annual charity golf tournament Nov. 9 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.
Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The event will consist of 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format. The cost to play is $85 per person.
A continental breakfast will be included, along with lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro, goody bags, raffles and door prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams, longest drive, closest to the pin and a hole in one. A new car and other prizes will be provided by Friendly Kia in New Port Richey. Full Circle Financial will sponsor a putting contest for a chance to win $10,000.
The Alzheimer's Family Organization serves Central Florida. Proceeds from the tournament will help individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
For information, call community services coordinator Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.
NATURE COAST TENNIS DOUBLES TOURNAMENT: The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host its annual Mattie Smouse Memorial Adult Doubles Tennis Tournament Sept. 27 to 29.
All entrants will be guaranteed a minimum of two matches for a fee of $25 per player ($50 per team). Players do not need to be U.S. Tennis Association members to participate. Entry forms are available by visiting nctf.usta.com or by sending email to [email protected] The registration deadline is Sept. 23.
For information, call tournament director John Downey at (352) 442-9362 or Phil Zee at (352) 263-9546.
HERNANDO SPORTSMAN'S CLUB: The Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be Sept. 21 and 22 at Hernando Sportsman's Club, off U.S. 19 north of Weeki Wachee.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the clinic running from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Participants will be taught fundamental rifle marksmanship skills. Students will learn safe gun handling, proper use of a rifle sling and Revolutionary War history.
Participants should bring ear and eye protection, a rifle with sling, ammunition, rifle mat, bug repellent, hat, sunscreen, a packed lunch, snacks, drinks and plenty of water. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during lunch in the clubhouse.
A .22-caliber rifle is recommended due to the cost of ammunition, but participants may use a center-fire rifle. About 250 rounds of ammunition will be needed each day.
The fees will differ depending on gender and age. Adult males: $50 for one day or $80 for two days. Adult females: $20 for one day or $40 for two days. Youths under 18 years old: $10 for one day or $20 for two days. One free youth is also permitted for every paying adult, male or female. Active military, National Guard and reserve, law enforcement officers with ID, disabled persons, elected officials and Revolutionary re-enactors in costume are free.
An additional club range fee of $14 per day applies for adults and children ages 12 and older.
For more information, contact Trey Dawson at (727) 452-4650 or [email protected] To register online, visit appleseedinfo.org.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.