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World shuffleboard event set for October in Zephyrhills

The Betmar Shuffleboard Club in Zephyrhills will host the World Singles International Shuffleboard Association Tournament from Oct. 14-18 at the Betmar Community shuffleboard courts.

The field will include 72 of the top tournament players from the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, Australia, Portugal, Norway, Brazil and England.

However, club president Terry Rainwater says the event is just for bragging rights because there is not a sponsor that puts up prize money.

"It is a big event to come out and see," Rainwater said. "We hope to have plenty of spectators."

Rainwater adds the event will have an Olympic feel to it, including a parade of athletes carrying their country's flag. Spectators get in free, and Rainwater hopes people do come, that way the event can dispel wrong ideas of competitive shuffleboard.

"Tournaments like this are highly competitive," Rainwater said. "Shuffleboard is seen in the U.S. as an older, retired person's game and internationally, its not that. Many are much, much younger."

For more info, e-mail Rainwater at trainwater@tampabay.rr.com or visit www.theshuffler.org.

KAYAKING: The third annual Salt Springs Classic Kayak Race and Fun Paddle will be May 9 at the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park and the Cotee River Seafood Festival.

The race, sponsored by the Salt Springs Alliance, is 6 miles long from the state park at 9120 Old Post Road in Port Richey to Sims Park in New Port Richey. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m., and participants under 18 must have their entry form signed by, and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

The cost is $15 per kayak and includes a T-shirt. Preregistration can be done online at www.saltspringsalliance.com. There will be awards for the more-than-15-foot kayak, the 15-foot-and-under kayak and the tandem divisions. For info, call (727)-816-1890 or visit www.saltsprings alliance.com.

RUNNING: The Arc Nature Coast will host the third annual Spring Lake 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk on May 23 at 8 a.m.

The run will be at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville and registration begins at 7 a.m.

The cost is $25 for the 5K and $20 for the Fun Walk and includes a T-shirt and scenic run through hills and an equestrian stable. All proceeds will go to the Arc Nature Coast, which helps serve people with disabilities and their families.

Register online by visiting www.active.com and searching for Spring Lake 5K. For more info, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109, or e-mail info@thearc-nature coast.org or visit www.thearc-naturecoast.org.

ROLLER HOCKEY: The Sunshine Shoot-out Indoor Ball Hockey Tournament will be held June 26-28 at Sportszone2, 7716 Rutilio Court, New Port Richey.

Teams can register for $550 and the tournament is open division for all teams to compete. Games will be filmed, as well, and prizes will be awarded to the overall team winner, the runner-up and the most valuable player, defense­man and goalie. The event is sponsored by Matt Garry Inc.

For more info, contact Matt Garry at (813) 818-1312 or (727) 809-0775.

FISHING: The annual Pasco-Hernando Community College Catch and Release Fishing Tournament will begins at 8 a.m. Friday at the Hooters at 5336 Treadway Drive in Port Richey.

Boats will depart at 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. All angler teams receive a boat, a licensed guide, breakfast, boxed lunches and beverages, bait and tackle, tournament shirts, goodie bags, entrance to the awards party and recognition on the PHCC Web site.

Proceeds will benefit the PHCC Foundation, which supports programs and activities at the college. No experience is needed to participate.

For more info, log onto www.phcc.edu/gofish or call (727) 816-3410.

Submit upcoming events, registrations, info to communitysports@tampabay.com.

World shuffleboard event set for October in Zephyrhills 04/27/09 [Last modified: Monday, April 27, 2009 4:44pm]
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