Sunday, December 17, 2017

Recreation notebook: Spring Hill bowling team tops the nation

Recreation notebook

A national record was broken at Spring Hill Lanes last month when a four-man team in the Tuesday night Mike's Auto Body League achieved the highest scratch score in the country this season.

According to the U.S. Bowling Congress, the previous top scratch score for a four-member team was 3,063. Anthony Caso (835), Arthur Wynn (766), Cliff Barnes (765) and Chris Castro (728) combined for a 3,094 team series on Jan. 21 at the Spring Hill bowling center.

For Caso, the 800 series was his fourth of the season and ninth of his career, but 835 was the top sanctioned score he's ever posted.

Over the last few weeks, there also have been two perfect games and another 800 series at the local bowling center.

During the Florida State Senior Tournament, Dennis Rakauskas posted an 806 series on Jan. 26, the only such score during the monthlong event.

His series gives the center 16 800 series over the course the season. Spring Hill also has 26 perfect games, including one by Bob Brusati on Feb. 4 in the Mike's Auto Body League and another by Ron Matthews on Monday in the Monday Night Men's League.

GIFTS FROM HOME GOLF TOURNAMENT: Gifts from Home will host its second annual charity golf tournament at Rivard Golf Club, south of Brooksville, on March 30.

All proceeds go to Gifts From Home, a nonprofit charity that sends packages overseas to American troops.

The shotgun start will be at 8 a.m. Foursomes may enter for $140; the fee for an individual golfer is $35. There will be prizes for the winners, a 50/50 raffle, a closest-to-the-pin contest and a longest-drive contest. Food and refreshments will be available.

The deadline to enter is March 25, with entry forms available at the Rivard clubhouse.

For information, contact Larry or Linda Kidwell at (352) 684-4185 or [email protected]

HERNANDO WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING: The Hernando Women's 500 Club had its most recent tournament on Feb. 9 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.

The tournament was a doubles handicap format with 29 entries — 58 bowlers.

The duo of Cindy Say and Carolyn Street topped the competition with a pin total of 1,334. Say and Street each won $55.68 with the title, which they captured by just a single pin over the team of Julia Richards and Patricia Feole.

Richards and Feole had a handicap nearly 300 pins fewer than Say and Street, but individual games of 214 by Richards and 224 by Feole helped the tandem. For placing second, each won $46.40.

Rounding out the money winners were Rosalyn Morris and Aleta Woodside ($39.44), Geriann Fernandez and Janine Erbe ($34.80), Lucille Todaro and Terry Mea ($30.16), and Joyce and Carolyn Crosby ($25.52).

The top individual game came from Irene Grabowski, who tossed a 268 scratch score in her second game. She finished the day with a 625 series, also the high for individuals.

The club's next tournament is April 6 at Spring Hill Lanes. That event will be an 8-pin no-tap tournament with a potluck luncheon.

For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.

LOCAL MMA FIGHTER APPEARANCE: Two-time Springstead High School state wrestling champion and former Ultimate Fighting Championship standout Corey Hill will make a meet-and-great appearance at the Florida Championship Fighting event Monday at the Dallas Bull, 3322 U.S. 301, in Tampa.

The card will include at least nine mixed martial arts matches with up-and-coming fighters from around the state. Hill will be on hand, along with the stars of History channel's Ax Men, to meet with fans.

Hill was a collegiate wrestling teammate of UFC stars Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans, and was on pace to headline UFC events before breaking his leg. His comeback continues, with his next fight set for Jan. 26 He lost a championship bout in East Stroudsburg, Pa., in December.

Tickets start at $30 and are available online at and at participating Buddy's Home Furnishings stores and at Abby's Bail Bonds. VIP tickets include front-row reserved seating, early entry at 6 p.m., an appetizer bar, a souvenir laminate and a program.

ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE GOLF TOURNAMENT: The first One Room Schoolhouse Golf Tournament is March 22 at Seven Hills Golf Course in Spring Hill.

Tee time is noon. The $50 fee per golfer covers greens fees, a cart and a sit-down lunch. There will also be a Chinese auction and a live auction.

For the past 14 years, a group has been raising money to build a one-room schoolhouse reproduction in Brooksville. The facility will serve as a living history museum and also as a community meeting place. The group has recently broken ground.

For information, call (352) 597-1064 or (352) 556-4064.

HERNANDO COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION 5K: The Hernando County Bar Association will have a 5K and 1-mile run/walk at the Weekiwachee Preserve, 2345 Osowaw Blvd., Spring Hill, on March 29.

The event starts at 8 a.m. with registration at 7. The cost is: $25 for individuals; $45 for families; and $15 for students under 18.

For information, send email to [email protected]

RIDGE LADIES GOLF ASSOCIATION: The Ridge Ladies Golf Association is hosting its first Ladies Invitational on Feb. 24 at the Ridge Golf Club in Ridge Manor.

In the event of rain, the makeup date is Feb. 27. The theme will be Mardi Gras.

The $45 fee per golfer includes greens fees, cart, prizes, breakfast and lunch. The format is two-person best-ball handicap.

Applications are available at the Ridge Golf Club pro shop. For information, contact Donna Shipway at (352) 608-4111 or [email protected]

'GIRLS NIGHT OUT' SHOOTING: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, has a new "Girls Night Out" trap shooting group.

The women's group will meet from 5 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month at the trap range.

For those who have never tried trap shooting or don't have their own shotgun, the club will provide 20-gauge shotguns for the group to use. Those using a club shotgun should bring at least two boxes of 20-gauge ammunition, ear plugs and eye protection. Participants may use their own guns.

There is a trap range fee of $5 for members and $8 for nonmembers. The fee covers two games of trap. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, call the club at (352) 597-9931 or visit The club also has a Facebook page.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.

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