The Southern Bowling Tour, led by former Professional Bowlers Association regional director Harry O'Neale, made the second stop in its inaugural season at Spring Hill Lanes last weekend.
The tournament featured 31 top competitors from around the region, including four from out of state.
David O'Sullivan of Sanford won the bracket-style finals in a championship match against Keith Sharp of Orlando. O'Sullivan won $1,200, while Sharp took home $700.
The top local finisher was Jason Mahr of Spring Hill, who placed fifth and won $250. He was the lone local resident to make the finals.
Other North Suncoast residents to place included Chris Polizzi of Spring Hill (15th), Kevin Williams of Brooksville (18th), Clayton Tallman of Land O'Lakes (28th), Tom Bozquez Jr. of Spring Hill (29th) and Charles Sonneblick of Spring Hill (30th).
HORACE COPELAND FOOTBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor the second annual Horace "Hi-C" Copeland football camp at two locations in March.
After a successful run last year, the program has expanded to two counties. On March 16 and 17, Lecanto High School will host the camp; on March 23 and 24, the camp will be at Springstead High School in Spring Hill.
The cost is $65 per person for ages 5 to 16. The camp includes interactive football drills and life lessons. Lunch is provided.
Copeland, a former University of Miami and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, is now a resident of the area.
For information, email Harry Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Christie Williams at (352) 754-4031.
ST. JUDE'S GOLF FUNDRAISER: St. Jude Children's Hospital is holding a golf tournament Feb. 25 at the Dunes Golf Club, north of Weeki Wachee. Proceeds go to research at the hospital.
The event will be a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Registration will begin at noon. The cost is $300 per team or $350 for a team plus a hole sponsorship. The early deadline for sign-ups is Saturday.
Sponsors include Felony's Bar & Grill, Friendly Kia, Harley-Davidson of Crystal River, Extreme Fitness and Joni Industries. Businesses will provide hole-in-one prizes. After the tournament, there will be a social at Felony's in Spring Hill.
For information, call Melissa Turner at (352) 596-7888.
HERNANDO BASEBALL GOLF FUNDRAISER: The Hernando High School baseball program will have its annual Baseball Booster Golf Scramble on Saturday at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks.
Sponsored by Century 21, the Red Mule Pub and Sims Furniture Galleries, the tournament will feature foursomes, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is $65 per player. Proceeds go to the Leopards baseball team.
A poolside barbecue lunch will be served before tee-off at 11:30 a.m. An awards social will take place in the country club's Grille Room after the tournament. There will also be a preregistration social from 7 to 10 p.m. today at the Red Mule Pub in Brooksville, with hors d'oeuvres.
For information, contact Harry Timmons at (352) 796-0047 or email@example.com.
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CLASSIC YOUTH BOWLING: Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill will host the Southwest Florida Classic Youth Bowlers Eliminator Tournament on March 4.
With $1,500 in scholarships to be awarded, the field will be split into three divisions. Division 1 will be for averages of 139 and under. Division 2 will include averages from 140 to 184, and Division 3 will be for averages of 185 and higher. The first two divisions will compete with handicap based on 100 percent of 200, while Division 3 will be scratch.
One of every five entries is guaranteed a cash prize. First place from each division will win $250 and a trophy, based on 20 entries per division. A $100 scholarship will be awarded for any 300 game thrown.
The entry fee is $40 per bowler, and preregistered competitors will save $5. The tournament will begin at 11 a.m., with check-in at 10. All bowlers must be U.S. Bowling Congress certified and under 21 years old.
For information, contact Mark Michel at (813) 486-2641 or email SWFCbowling@tampabay.rr.com.
Information is also available online at southwestfloridaclassic.com.
LITTLE LEAGUE TRAVEL BASEBALL: West Hernando Little League will be holding an open tryout for its 50/70 Travel Baseball Program on Sunday at Freedom Field on Deltona Boulevard in Spring Hill.
The pitcher's mound is 50 feet from home plate and the bases are 70 feet apart in the league. Games will be played mainly on Sundays, and the team will be eligible for the state tournament in Fort Myers in June.
Tryouts will begin at 2 p.m. for players ages 11 and 12.
For information, call (352) 232-4671.
SPRING HILL VALENTINE'S BOWLING TOURNAMENT: Spring Hill Lanes will host its annual Valentine's Day Scotch Doubles Tournament at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The entry fee is $18 per team, with a format of each player rolling alternate shots. Based on 75 teams, the first-place prize would be $225.
For information, call the bowling center at (352) 683-7272.
WOMEN'S 500 CLUB BOWLING TOURNAMENT: The Hernando County Women's 500 Club will host a doubles handicap tournament Feb. 19 at Mariner Lanes in Spring Hill.
To compete, bowlers must be members of the Hernando County Women's 500 Club and the Hernando County U.S. Bowling Congress Women's Bowling Association. Entry forms are available at Mariner Lanes and Spring Hill Lanes.
The handicap at the event will be 100 percent of a 200 average. Check-in will be at 1 p.m.; bowling starts at 1:30 p.m. The entry fee is $17 per person, with a deadline of Monday. Entries may be dropped off at either bowling center.
For information, call Sheila Wehrenberg at (352) 688-1575.
HIGH POINT MEN'S GOLF TOURNAMENT: The High Point community will host the High Point Men's 18-Hole Golf Invitational on Feb. 17.
The tournament format will be handicap three-best-ball net. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m., with check-in at 7:30. A continental breakfast will be served.
Registration is $50 per golfer, which includes golf, cart, a roast beef dinner and cash prizes. Two 155-yard hole-in-one opportunities will be available.
Sponsored by Rick Matthews Buick-Pontiac-GMC, a new vehicle and three-year lease will be the prize on the first hole, and a $5,000 golf cart from Affordable Golf Carts will be the prize on the 12th hole.
The deadline for sign-ups is today. For information, call Dave Lund at (352) 293-4825 or Tom Lynch at (352) 596-8046.
WEEKI WACHEE HIGH GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Weeki Wachee High School athletic department will have its second annual Hornet Golf Outing at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks on Feb. 25.
The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m. Food and prizes will be provided during and after play. Current and former professional athletes will be among the participants. There will be time for autographs and pictures.
The cost for the event is $100 per person or $300 per foursome. Businesses may sponsor holes or prizes.
For information, call Weeki Wachee athletic director Mark Lee at (352) 797-7029, ext. 230, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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