Two leagues at Spring Hill Lanes are getting ready for the coming season.
The Small Business Scratch League, formerly the Joni Classic Scratch League, has been altered to accept small businesses in the area as sponsors. The bowling league has an 806-average cap for each team.
Thousands of dollars have been added to the prize fund from sponsoring businesses, including Kierzynski & Associates Accounting in Spring Hill, Kastner Electric in Spring Hill, Coastal Financial Services in Spring Hill, Felony's Bar & Grill in Spring Hill, the Breakfast Station in Brooksville and Extreme Fitness in Spring Hill.
The league will compete at 9 p.m. each Thursday, starting this week. Teams consist of four coed bowlers (with at least one member of each gender on a team). Individuals are also accepted and will be assigned to a team by league officials. The minimum average is 170. Bowlers can average less than 170, but 170 will be the average used in the cap total.
The Optimum Health Friday Senior Men's League will meet at 9:30 a.m. each Friday. The sponsor business has added $500 to the prize fund.
The league meeting will take place at 9:30 a.m. this Friday so all bowlers and interested parties can receive information. Bowlers of all skill levels are welcome as long as they are age 55 or older.
For information, call Spring Hill Lanes at (352) 683-7272.
SPRING HILL DIXIE SOFTBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Softball will have registration for the fall season at Anderson Snow Park in Spring Hill this evening.
League officials will accept sign-ups in the pavilion at the park from 6 to 9 p.m.
The cost is $90 for each child. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover games, insurance and trophies. If two children are already signed up, the third child is free.
For information, visit shdixiesoftball.com.
HYL DIXIE SOFTBALL: Hernando Youth League Dixie Softball is wrapping up registration for the fall season at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville this week. League officials will accept registration paperwork at the park's main softball field.
Tee ball sign-ups will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today. The Darlings division (ages 5 to 8) sign-ups will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. The Angels division (ages 9 and 10) sign-ups will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today. The Ponytails division (ages 11 and 12) will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday. The Belles (ages 13 to 15) and Debs (ages 16 to 18) divisions will accept registrations from 7 to 8 p.m. today.
The cost is $35 for each child. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration.
For information, contact HYL treasurer Peter Vasseur at (352) 544-1021, (352) 585-7188 or [email protected].com.
CANCER GOLF BENEFIT: The Ridge Golf Club, 34450 Whispering Oaks Blvd., Ridge Manor, is playing host to the inaugural Cancer Golf Tournament on Sept. 8 to raise money for two Centennial Middle School students in Dade City who recently were diagnosed with cancer.
Hailey Limoges, 12, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and was transferred to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg to start radiation treatments. Shane Salyer, 12, was diagnosed with lymphoma in September 2009. He went into remission after a year of intense radiation treatment, but the cancer has returned. Proceeds will be split between the two families.
The event format is a four-person scramble. Entrants may bring their own team, or the club can match groups. Registration will begin at 7 a.m.; the shotgun start will be at 8 a.m.
The cost is $45 per golfer, which includes greens fees, cart and lunch. There will be prizes for closest-to-the-pin, longest drive (men and women) and a hole-in-one, sponsored by Jarrett Ford in Dade City. There will also be prizes for the first-, second- and third-place teams, plus door prizes. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m.
For information, call Betty O'Brien at (352) 608-4800 or (248) 420-7620, or Eugenia Parlow at (352) 583-7896.
HERNANDO COUNTY RAYS DAY: The Sept. 23 Tampa Bay Rays game against the Toronto Blue Jays will benefit the Hernando County Education Foundation when tickets are purchased through the local organization.
First pitch for the Sunday contest will be at 1:40 p.m., with gates opening at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg at 11:40 a.m. The first 10,000 kids will receive a Matt Joyce bobblehead, and kids will be allowed to run the bases after the game.
Tickets in the lower box seats are available for $20 each, with a deadline of Sept. 11 for purchase.
For information, contact Frank Zito at (407) 697-0868 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 Sept. 10.
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 Sept. 15 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]
BENEFIT GOLF TOURNAMENT: 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 Sept. 10, 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.