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Southern Hills in Brooksville hosts PGA qualifying school

The 2009 Professional Golfers Association Qualifying School came to Hernando County last week. The second-stage tournament was played at Southern Hills Plantation Golf Club in Brooksville.

Jay Williamson of St. Louis won by two strokes in the 81-player field with a score of 270, 18 under par. Tampa's David Branshaw, who shot par, was the highest Suncoast finisher in a tie for 51st.

With one remaining qualifying stage, the top 21 finishers advanced. The cut was 8-under-par 280.

Sunny Kim of Palm Beach Gardens, Hugo Leon of Tequesta and Keven Fortin-Simard of Canada tied for the lowest single-round score for the tournament with 65. Each golfer recorded that 7-under score in the opening round.

HONOR SCORES: Anthony Oliver, one of the premier bowlers in Hernando County over the past five years, has placed another feather in his cap. On Nov. 13, in the Friday Early Mariners League at Mariner Lanes, Oliver rolled his first 800 series.

He recorded his series the same day that two others in the same league rolled U.S. Bowling Congress honor scores. Kevin Davis (844 series) and Dennis Regan (300 game) helped make headlines for the Friday Early Mariners.

The 844 was also Davis' first career 800 series, a goal he was looking forward to accomplishing after a hiatus from the sport. He had a 790 in Detroit in 2002. After a 299 first game and a 300 second game, he tossed a 191 final game to come up just short.

Regan's perfect game was his second of 2009 and the third of his career. He joined Ray Viveiros as the two bowlers in the league to roll perfect games during the past month. Viveiros had his on Oct. 30.

At Spring Hill Lanes, Gary Murty had a 299 game in the Monday Night Men's League on Nov. 16. It was his second USBC honor score since 2005, when he rolled his only perfect game.

MARTIAL ARTS: Southern Elite Sports is offering cheer/dance and mixed martial arts classes for all ages at locations throughout Pasco and Hernando counties.

At the Jerome Brown Community Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place, Brooksville, the organization is holding two different classes. The cheer/dance class is every Monday from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. for children ages 3 and up.

Martial arts classes are every Thursday at the same location. The youth class for ages 3-12 runs from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., and the adult class for ages 12 and up runs from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.

The cost is $30 per month.

Southern Elite Sports has also partnered with Top Contenders Gymnastics to hold classes at the Top Contenders facility at 16200 Spring Hill Drive, south of Brooksville.

Martial arts classes at Top Contenders are every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the youth class for ages 3-11 meets. The adult class for ages 12 and up follows from 7:30 to 8:30.

To attend one class per week is $30 per month. To attend twice a week is $50 per month. To attend three times a week is $65 per month.

The organization is also holding the Southern Elite Sports Kids Fest from 11 a.m. until sundown Dec. 6. The festival will be at the Southern Elite Sports facility, 4917 State Road 54, New Port Richey.

Proceeds will be added to the club treasury and be used for sporting supplies and community outreach projects. In addition, a portion of the proceeds and any donated toys will be given to Toys for Tots, which provides toys to needy children during the holidays. There will be a band, food, games, a bounce house, karate demonstrations, face painting and other activities. Vendors are welcome to set up a table for $25 to promote their business.

For information, call Paul Micklow at (727) 645-2978 or (727) 645-1501.

YOUTH WRESTLING: Spring Hill Wrestling Club is starting its youth season Tuesday.

Practices will be at Springstead High School in the wrestling room. Registration is $100.

Sign-ups will be at the door the first week of the season.

Every Tuesday and Thursday night, wrestlers from kindergarten through third grade will practice from 6 to 7 p.m. Wrestlers from fourth through eighth grade will practice from 7 to 8 p.m. The season will run until March 3.

For information, call coach Eric Swensen at (352) 797-7010.

DECA BOWL-A-THON: A bowl-a-thon to benefit the national DECA presidential campaign for Central High School's Michelle Venezia is scheduled for Dec. 5 at Spring Hill Lanes.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. Check-in will be at noon, with bowling at 1 p.m.

The cost is $20 per bowler, including three games, shoes and lunch. Corporate lane sponsorship packages are available.

For information, contact campaign manager Nick Catroppo at or call (352) 585-6527.

ROTARY GOLF FUNDRAISER: The Rotary Club of Brooksville will have its 32nd annual charity golf tournament on Dec. 9 at Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks, 23446 Links Drive, Brooksville.

The cost is $75 per golfer. Sponsorships are also available for $75. All proceeds go to the Brooksville Rotary Club's charitable activities.

For information, call Jerry Sheffield at (352) 799-2265 or the Brooksville Rotary Club at (352) 796-1143.

FISHING TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP: The Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice is looking for sponsors.

Last year's inaugural event had more than 50 anglers and raised more than $13,000 for hospice. The tournament casts off on April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony is scheduled for Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament.

For information, contact Debbie Hogan at or Jennifer Rey at, or call (352) 799-8423.

To notify us of community sports achievements or upcoming events, Derek J. LaRiviere can be reached at or (352) 584-6337.

Southern Hills in Brooksville hosts PGA qualifying school 11/24/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 6:52pm]
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