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Two Hernando County bowlers on a roll with perfect games

Jay Tinkham and Rich Garner each threw perfect games at Mariner Lanes on Oct. 19 in the Coca-Cola Classic League.

At one point this decade, Tink­ham had difficulty getting over the hump when it came to a 300 game. From May 1999 to September 2008, he did not have a perfect game while throwing single-game scores of 279 or better on 11 occasions. This most recent 300 is now Tinkham's third this calendar year.

A Connecticut native, Garner has been one of the better bowlers in Hernando County for a long time. He owns the second-highest series in county history, and his 300 this month was his 14th since he began competing regularly at local centers in 2004.

Catholic charities golf: Catholic Charities will have its fifth annual golf tournament Friday at the Dunes Golf Club at Seville, north of Weeki Wachee.

The event will benefit the building of the Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center to serve Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

Registration will be at 11 a.m., a buffet lunch will be at 11:30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m. For a hole-in-one, participants can win a Harley-Davidson "Street Bob" courtesy of Harley-Davidson of Crystal River, a new golf cart courtesy of Country Club Cars, a Mazda 6 courtesy of Ed Morse Auto Plaza or a one-year membership at the Dunes.

There also will be games, prizes and a Chinese auction. Cost per player is $60. For information, call (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.

Golf league: The Quarry Golf Course, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, is getting ready to begin its annual Belles & Beaus League.

Starting Nov. 18, the league will be from 8:45 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Dues for the league are $10 per week for club members and $20 per week for nonmembers. The dues include 18 holes of golf with a cart, lunch, a drink and weekly prizes. There will also be a $2 raffle drawing. The format is a blind draw scramble.

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

Toys for tots golf: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will sponsor a golf tournament Nov. 14 to benefit the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program and Marine Corps League Detachment 708.

Toys for Tots provides toys each holiday season to needy children in the community. The event will be a scramble format with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.; dinner will immediately follow. The cost is $75 per person. Prizes and special awards will be presented.

For information, call Toys for Tots coordinator Linda Rothenberg at (352) 688-0316 or send e-mail to Make checks or money orders payable to Hernando Toys for Tots and mail to 1421 Exotic Ave., Spring Hill, FL 34609.

Tae kwon do lessons: The Hernando County Recreation Department is providing tae kwon do lessons for ages 6 and older.

There are three class times available. From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays, classes will be at Delta Woods Park at 3400 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. Other classes will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Deltona Elementary School, 2055 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, and from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays at Kennedy Park at 895 Kennedy Blvd., Brooksville.

The first lesson is free. The first month is $30, and additional months are $45. The instructor is master Sam Kinard, certified by the U.S. National Taekwondo Federation and World Taekwondo Federation.

For information, call Penny Oliver at (352) 754-4031 or visit rec.

Deca bowl-a-thon: A bowl-a-thon is being planned to benefit the national DECA presidential campaign for Central High School's Michelle Venezia.

The event will be 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 will be $20 per bowler, including three games, shoes and lunch. There are also corporate lane sponsorships available.

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

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

The cost is $75 per golfer. Sponsorships are 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 April 24 from Bayport. A dinner and awards ceremony will be at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park after the tournament.

For information, send e-mail to Debbie Hogan at or to Jennifer Rey at jennifer@ hogan, or call (352) 799-8423.

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

Two Hernando County bowlers on a roll with perfect games 10/27/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 7:38pm]
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