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Simon Toftegaard Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament is Jan. 26 in Spring Hill

The Nature Coast Tennis Foundation will host the seventh annual Simon Toftegaard Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament on Jan. 26 at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.

This co-ed event is a singles tournament open to elementary, middle and high school players for an entry fee of $30 per person. Early registration is $25 if paid before Sunday. Players do not need to be U.S. Tennis Association members to participate.

Lunch and tournament T-shirts are included in the entry fee. The format will be best two out of three set matches with a seven-point tiebreaker. The winner advances, while the opponent moves to a consolation round. First and second place trophies will be awarded for every division.

Named for former Nature Coast tennis standout Simon Toftegaard, the tournament benefits the NCTF scholarship program. Toftegaard died in an auto accident in 2009.

For information, call Phil Zee at (352) 263-9546 or email nctf@tampabay.rr.com.

To register, visit nctf.usta.com.

DUNES WOMEN'S GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Dunes Women's Golf League will hold its 20th annual Sweet & Simple Invitational on Jan. 17.

Female golfers from Hernando and its surrounding counties of Pasco, Citrus, Sumter, Pinellas and Hillsborough participate in this event. For information, call Eileen Ball at (352) 596-7880.

SPRING HILL DIXIE BASEBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Baseball has scheduled registration at Anderson Snow Park for its spring season.

League officials will accept sign-ups in the office at the park. Volunteers will be present from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 12 and 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10, 14, 18 and 25.

The county has instituted a $3 player fee for park maintenance this year, and the league has gained control of Little Red Schoolhouse field in Spring Hill. With Spring Hill Dixie handling all maintenance and costs for the field, there will be an increase in fees this season.

Cost varies depending on the age division. Junior Rookies (ages 5-6) is $80 per child, Rookies (7-8) is $90, Minors (9-10) is $110, Majors (11-12) is $115, O-Zone (12-13) is $125, and Boys (13-14) is $150. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover all games, insurance and trophies.

A $30 refundable deposit will also be required for all families. This will be returned to anyone who volunteers three hours in the concession stand during the season. In lieu of this, a family may make a $30 donation to the league.

For information, call Joe Abbadessa at (352) 263-4488 or email shdixiebaseball@gmail.com.

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled a set of baseball/softball umpiring clinics.

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. Clinics will take place Jan. 20 and Feb. 17 at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill, Jan. 27 at Ernie Wever Park in Brooksville, and Feb. 3 at Ridge Manor Park in Ridge Manor.

The sessions are open to men and women age 16 and older. All clinics will start at 10 a.m.

Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register. For more information, call (352) 593-6998 or send email to clinics@hernandosumterumpire.com.

BROOKSVILLE BULLDOGS BASEBALL: The Brooksville Bulldogs youth recreation league will be holding sign-ups for the coming season this Saturday as well as on Jan. 19 and 26 at Kennedy Park in Brooksville.

The Bulldogs compete in both the Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth leagues with age groups from 9 to 18 years old. Registrations will be taken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on each of the dates.

For information, contact Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or bruce67price@hotmail.com.

CROOM ZOOM TRAIL RUN: The Croom Zoom Trail Run will take place Saturday on the trails in the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.

The event will feature three races over three distances — 100 kilometers, 50 kilometers and 25 kilometers.

Race participants will receive T-shirts with awards for the top finishers and trophies for the overall male and female winners.

For information or to register, visit croomzoom.com.

FIREARMS SAFETY CLASSES: The Hernando Sportsman's Club will be offering firearms safety classes. The next regular class date will be on Saturday. Other classes will follow on Jan. 19, Feb. 6, Feb. 16 and March 6. A firearms safety course for females will be on March 16.

All classes will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the sportsman's club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

The course will cover lessons about the basics of firearms safety around the home as well as an introduction to pistol safety, parts and operation, an introduction to ammunition, the fundamentals of pistol shooting, an introduction to pistol shooting from the seated and standing positions, and an introduction to pistol cleaning and storage.

Classes include instruction, live-fire training on the range and a lunch break.

The cost is $60. Completion of the class provides required documentation to apply for a Florida concealed carry permit.

TOURETTE SYNDROME GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Plantation Golf Resort in Crystal River will host the inaugural Tee Off for Tourette Celebrity Golf Tournament on Feb. 1 and 2.

Proceeds will benefit the Tourette Syndrome Association of Florida, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping individuals and families living with Tourette's syndrome. The money will help send children to an annual camp, where they can spend time with other children with Tourette syndrome.

The basic entry fee is $500 per four-player team, which includes a hole sign and recognition in the tournament program, as well as greens fees and a cart. Other sponsorship levels include gold, platinum and event.

For information, contact event chairman Gary D'Amico at (352) 527-2938 or gary78@tampabay.rr.com.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at derekjlariviere@gmail.com or (352) 584-6337.

Simon Toftegaard Memorial Junior Tennis Tournament is Jan. 26 in Spring Hill 01/02/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 7:06pm]
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