With his runner-up finish in the Men's 16-19 Division of the Providence Golf Club Open Championship in Davenport, Ryan Nicoll of Spring Hill jumped into first place in the Premier Junior Tour standings.
The tournament, which took place last weekend, featured some of the top high school golfers from around the state. Nicoll, a senior at Springstead High, shot rounds of 73 and 77 for a total of 150 to finish just four strokes behind the winner, Orlando's Zach Hoskins (74-76 146).
Nicoll has been one of the elite golfers in the area for years and is a top college recruit. He finished third in the 2011 PJT Major Championship at the University of Florida, shooting a 67 in the final round.
HERNANDO SPORTSMAN'S CLUB: The Hernando Sportsman's Club, 16121 Commercial Way, north of Weeki Wachee, hosts sport shooting events on a weekly basis.
On Saturday, there will be a Garand Rifle match at 8 a.m. and a International Defensive Pistol Association pistol match at 9 a.m. On Sunday, the International Handgun Metallic Silhouette Association pistol and .22-gauge rifle silhouette match will be at at 9 a.m., and the classic fast draw single-action Western revolver match will take place at 9:30 a.m.
Next week, the two-gun (pistol/shotgun) match and an international pistol match will both be at 9 a.m. Sept. 22. The bull's-eye pistol match will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 23.
The final competition of the month is scheduled for Sept. 30, when the three-gun (pistol/rifle/shotgun) match will be at 9 a.m.
Practice times are available during the week. The competition schedule is subject to change. Visit hernandosportsmanclub.com for updated times.
For information, call the club office at (352) 597-9931.
TENNIS CLASSES: Ace Performance Tennis is offering Quick Start drills and classes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday at Delta Woods Park in Spring Hill.
The cost is $10 per class. The activities and instruction are designed for beginners, using USTA-approved strategies for 60-foot court players. The intention is to learn to play tennis quickly with age- and size-appropriate equipment and modified courts.
Ace Performance Tennis is also offering Ladies Night Out from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Monday at Delta Woods Park. The cost is also $10 per night. Women with beginning and intermediate skill levels learn to play in a fun social setting.
For information about the camp or classes, call John or Louise Downey at (352) 666-0658 or visit louisedowney.usptapro.com.
LAW ENFORCEMENT GOLF BENEFIT: The National Association of Retired Law Enforcement Officers will have its annual golf tournament Oct. 13 at the Dunes Golf Club, north of Weeki Wachee.
Sign-in will begin at 7:30 a.m., with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. There will be a prize for a hole-in-one on any par 3 hole. Food and prizes will be available in the clubhouse after the tournament.
The deadline for registration is Oct. 10. The entry fee is $55 per golfer or $220 per foursome.
For information, call Chuck Groner at (352) 666-7658.
ALZHEIMER'S GOLF BENEFIT: The Alzheimer's Family Organization will have its 12th annual Charity Golf Tournament on Nov. 10 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.
Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The event will consist of 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format. Also included with the $80 fee is breakfast provided by IHOP, lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro, goody bags, raffles and door prizes.
Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams, the longest drive, closest-to-the-pin and a hole-in-one. A new car and other prizes will be provided by Ed Morse Auto Plaza. Players will also have a chance to win $5,000 or a Woody driver, sponsored by the National Cremation and Burial Society. Full Circle Financial will sponsor a putting contest for a chance to win $10,000.
The Alzheimer's Family Organization serves Citrus, Hernando, northern Hillsborough, Lake, Pasco, northern Pinellas and Sumter counties.
For information, contact community service coordinator Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888, toll-free 1-888-496-8004 or [email protected]
KIWANIS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will play host to the seventh-annual Kiwanis of Spring Hill Children Charity Golf Invitational on Sept. 20.
Proceeds will be distributed by Kiwanis Club to various local charities and organizations that benefit children.
Registration is scheduled for 8 a.m., when breakfast will be served. The shotgun start is set for 10 a.m., with a buffet lunch, awards ceremony and silent auction at the conclusion of play.
Participants may register by visiting springhillkiwanis.org. The registration fee is $110 per player or $400 per foursome. The deadline is Monday.
For information, contact Richard Sanvenero at (352) 263-7829, ext. 25, or [email protected]
SPECIAL OLYMPICS FEST: Special Olympics of Hernando County will have its Olympic Fest 2012 on Saturday at Springstead High School on Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill.
Open to all ages, from 3 years old to 40-plus, the event will raise money for Special Olympics. Seven different age groups will compete in short sprints. The entry fee is $5 for kids ages 3 to 13, $8 for ages 14 to 18 and $10 for adults over 18.
There will be vendors, live music, raffles and other games. Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.
For information, email Andrea Lee Purvis at [email protected]
CRIME GOLF BENEFIT: The local chapter of the Florida Council on Delinquency and Crime is organizing a golf tournament at Brooksville County Club at Majestic Oaks on Sept. 30.
The four-person scramble will benefit facilities that assist victims, including the Dawn Center for domestic violence victims in Hernando County and the Hernando County Sheriff's Office. The registration fee is $240 per foursome or $60 per golfer for those who do not have a group.
The fee includes golf, cart and lunch. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m., with prizes awarded for first, second and third place; longest drive, and closest-to-the-pin.
The registration deadline is Monday, limited to the first 100 golfers.
For information, call Tonya Griffin at (352) 797-3410.
BADDEST MUDDER: The Baddest Mudder 5K is coming to Brooksville on Nov. 3 and 4.
Baddest Mudder is a group that runs obstacle races around the Suncoast. It will be holding its first event at the Hernando County Fairgrounds on U.S. 41 in Brooksville.
The race is open to all ages, teams and skill levels. Sign-up prizes will be offered to all participants. The event includes a well-marked and defined course, food, drinks, music and field games.
The two-day event starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. each day.
Participants may sign up at baddestmudder.com. There are discounts for groups, and early-bird registration is currently open for $49.95 per runner.
Kids are welcome; organizers are offering a kids-only "Mini Mudder" pit for free.
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.