Spring Hill youth hits hole-in-one at famed Sawgrass golf course

Local youths have had multiple achievements on the links this summer.

Brazon Dixon, 15, of Spring Hill shot a hole-in-one on one of the most famous holes in the golf world. He aced the island green on the 17th hole at the TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach on June 4.

Although Dixon has had his fair share of achievements, it was Dixon's first hole-in-one. The hole was a 135-yard par 3 the day he knocked in his shot.

Ryan Nicoll, 17, finished second at the Premier Junior Tour Major Championship at the Reunion Resort in Orlando, July 2 and 3. He shot a 74 his the first round and 71 his second round for a 145 total — one shot behind the winner — while competing in the men's 16-19 division.

Nicoll and Dixon both attend and play for Springstead High School.

Two more local golfers, Megan Berube of Spring Hill and Lauren Shuford of Hernando Beach, competed in the Florida Women's State Golf Association State Amateur Stroke Play Championship, July 9 and 10 at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach.

Berube, a Springstead junior, finished in a tie for 22nd, shooting an 82-76-79 for a total of 237. Shuford, a 2010 Hernando High graduate, came in 44th with 89-82-85 for a total of 256.

PBA SPRING HILL OPEN: Pro bowlers will be returning to Spring Hill Lanes later this month for the 23rd annual Spring Hill Open.

A stop on the Professional Bowlers Association Southern Region Tour, the tournament, which takes place July 29 to 31, is the only regular professional event in Hernando County.

In years past, it has featured some of the best bowlers in the sport, including Walter Ray Williams Jr., Jason Couch and Patrick Allen.

To start the weekend on July 29, local bowlers can compete alongside the pros in the nine-pin No-Tap Pro-Am.

For an entry fee of $17 for junior bowlers (youth league competitors), $25 for senior bowlers (age 55 or older) or $30 for all others, amateurs can bowl on the same lanes with three professionals. Winners will receive trophies, scholarships or cash prizes.

Starting July 30, about 125 of the tour's best bowlers will battle for the championship. The finals should start about 2 p.m. July 31.

Last season, St. Petersburg native and Tallahassee resident Richard Langton won the tournament for the first time, and he is expected to return to defend his crown.

For information, call Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.

QUARRY WOMEN'S LEAGUE: The Quarry Golf Course in Brooksville will play host to a women's golf league starting Wednesday.

The format of the league is best-ball twosome. Dues are $12 per week. Sign-in will be at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 8:15. The fee covers nine holes of golf with cart, entrance into the closest-to-the-pin contest, cash prizes and a 50/50 drawing.

For information, call Christi Adams at (352) 540-3807.

SENIOR SOFTBALL: The West Hernando Softball Club for Seniors League is looking for new members for the season that starts in September.

The league is open to players 55 and older. Games are played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill.

For information, call Tony Passanesi at (352) 686-6812.

ACE PERFORMANCE TENNIS: Ace Performance Tennis is hosting two events this summer.

QuickStart Drills will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill. The cost is $10 per class. There will be drills and games designed for beginning players, using USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. Participants will learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.

Ladies Night Out will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Delta Woods Park. The cost is $10 per class. Women of beginning and intermediate skill levels will learn to play in a social setting.

For information, call John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or visit louisedowney.usptapro.com.

BROOKSVILLE BULLDOGS: The Brooksville Bulldogs are seeking players for the coming baseball season, which runs from September through February.

The team plays doubleheaders in Brooksville and tournaments in the Central Florida area. The two age divisions are 13-and-under and 14-and-under.

For information, call Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or send e-mail to bruce67price@hotmail.com.

UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled its annual baseball/softball umpires clinics.

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. Local clinics will take place at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on Aug. 21 and 28.

The sessions are open to men and women age 16 and older. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. each day, with the clinics starting at 1 p.m. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.

Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or send e-mail to clinics@hernandosum terumpire.com.

ADULT BASKETBALL LEAGUE: The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department is playing host to an Adult Basketball League at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville, beginning Aug. 23.

The league is open to participants 18 and older. Games will take place at 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m. on Tuesdays. The registration deadline is Aug. 12, and players will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $400 per team, with an eight-player minimum.

For information, call (352) 540-3835.

COPELAND FOOTBALL CAMP: The Hernando County Recreation Department will host the Horace Copeland Football Camp on July 22 and 23 at Springstead High School in Spring Hill.

Copeland, a former University of Miami and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, won two national championships in college. The curriculum for the clinic will be aimed at developing fundamental football skills to enhance individual and team skills at all positions.

The cost is $65 per person, with youths ages 7 to 14 welcome. The times for the camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. All campers will be provided an official Horace "Hi-C" Copeland camp shirt, a personalized participation certification, lunch daily, and a special autograph session with Copeland and other former pro players at the conclusion of camp.

Register online by visiting horacecopeland.com or at hernandocounty.us/parks_rec/ where registration and waiver forms may be printed.

Call Harry Johnson or Christie Williams at (352) 754-4031 or send e-mail to recreation@her nandocounty.us.

To notify us of community sports achievements or coming events, contact Derek J. LaRiviere at derekjlariviere@gmail.com or (352) 584-6337.

Spring Hill youth hits hole-in-one at famed Sawgrass golf course 07/13/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 6:55pm]

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