Young Hernando golfers notch victories in Crystal River

The North Suncoast Junior Golf Association continued its season July 23 at the Plantation Inn in Crystal River with several local youths emerging with victories.

In the Co-ed (age 8 and 9) Division, Gage Richard of Brooksville took the title with 38 strokes for seven holes. Conchade Osceola of Land O'Lakes (42) came in second, just ahead of his brother, Byron Osceola (47). Richard is edging Conchade Osceola in the Player of the Year race, 19 points to 16.

The Boys Intermediate (age 10 to 12) Division was very tight, with Tyler Cash of Spring Hill (47) taking the crown in a tiebreaker over Wesley Chapel's Carey Wong (47). Connor Bishop of Inverness (53) rounded out the top three in the nine-hole round. Cash is tied at 15 points with Dunnellon's Gavin Szydlo in the Player of the Year standings.

Joe Jackson of Brooksville (51) made it three Hernando County winners when he took the Boys Intermediate (age 13 to 18) Division. Spring Hill's Chad Mitchell (51) lost the tiebreaker over nine holes. Brett Maharaj of Brooksville (53) rounded out an all-Hernando County top three. Jackson leads the Player of the Year race with 13 points, ahead of both Corey Mumaw of Wesley Chapel (8) and Tanner Keeran of Lecanto (8).

The Boys Advanced (age 16 to 18) Division played a full 18-hole round before Mark Giardino of Homosassa (82) won in a tiebreaker over Jake Jackson of Brooksville (82) and Jake Schoonover of Hudson(82). Giardino (23) is out front in the Player of the Year standings, with Spring Hill's Ryan Nicoll second (11).

The association's season will conclude Aug. 6 at Southern Woods Golf Club in Homosassa. The Tournament of Champions will start at 9 a.m.

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-man 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.

SPRING HILL DIXIE BASEBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Baseball will hold registration for the fall season at Anderson Snow Park this month.

League officials will accept sign-ups in the office at the park. Volunteers will be there from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20 and 23 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 25.

All potential players must turn 5 years old by April 30, 2013. Participants cannot turn 15 years old before Nov. 23.

The cost is $70 for the first child from a family and $65 for other children. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover games, insurance and trophies.

A $30 late fee will be charged after the registration dates. There will also be a $30 concession deposit required during sign-ups, but the fee will be refunded after three hours of volunteer work in the concession stand.

For information, call Joe Abbadessa at (352) 263-4488.

NATURE COAST BASKETBALL CAMP: Nature Coast Technical High School will have a youth summer basketball camp Monday through Aug. 9.

The camp will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for children age 5 through students entering seventh grade.

For information, call Nature Coast coach David Pisarcik at (727) 385-2194.

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

The team plays doubleheaders in Brooksville and tournaments in Central Florida in the 14-and-younger age division.

For information, contact Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or bruce67price@hotmail.com.

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

The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the clinics also can help seasoned umpires improve. Clinics will take place at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on Aug. 12 and Sept. 2, at Ernie Wever Youth Park in Brooksville on Sunday and at Ridge Manor Park in Ridge Manor on Aug. 19. All sessions run from noon to 3 p.m.

The clinics are open to men and women age 16 and older. Registration will begin at 11:30 p.m. each day. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book along with other handouts.

This year, the organization will include Mike "Bugsy" Segal, the owner of umpireteacher.com, who has more than 36 years of experience in the field.

Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register in advance. For information, call (352) 593-6998 or email clinics@hernandosum terumpire.com.

WEST HERNANDO SENIOR SOFTBALL: The West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors is looking for new players for its 55-and-older softball league.

Games are played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. The season begins in September and ends in April. New players are invited to try out during the next two months, prior to the official start of the season.

For information, call Ray Krisa at (352) 596-0575.

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 a price of $49.95 per runner.

Kids are also welcome; organizers are offering a kids-only "Mini Mudder" pit for free.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at derekjlariviere@gmail.com or (352) 584-6337.

Young Hernando golfers notch victories in Crystal River 08/01/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 7:36pm]

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