Brandon Benlien, 16, of Spring Hill is rapidly making a name for himself on his four-wheeler in the sport of motocross.
This was Benlien's first season running in the American Motorcyclist Association ATV National Motocross Championship Series. In his first race at Aonia Pass, Ga., he finished second in the Production B Class race and third in the 450B Class race.
After those successful runs, Benlien found himself in a tough spot at his next event in Pell City, Ala. In a collision with another quad, Benlien was seriously injured and was out of action for several months.
The decision to return before the end of the season was a big one. The biggest event of the year was Loretta Lynn's National Motocross Championships in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., on Saturday. But Benlien's comeback races were more successful than he expected. He took fourth in the 450B Class and the first-place title in the Production B Class.
With health and momentum now on his side, Benlien is excited about the prospects of running a full schedule in 2012.
KIWANIS GOLF: Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will play host to the sixth-annual Kiwanis of Spring Hill Children's Charity Golf Invitational on Sept. 28.
Kiwanis has chosen the First Tee of Brooksville as this year's charity for the tournament. The First Tee organization strives to have a positive impact on the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
Registration is scheduled for 11 a.m., when refreshments will be served. The shotgun start is set for 1 p.m., with a buffet dinner, awards ceremony and silent auction at the conclusion of play.
The registration fee is $110 per player or $400 per foursome. The deadline is Sept. 16.
Call Dennis McKenna at (352) 584-7023, ext. 25, or visit springhillkiwanis.org.
DISC GOLF CLUB LUAU: The Nature Coast Disc Golf Club will have a Labor Day Luau at Floral Park in Floral City, Sept. 2-4.
There will be a disc golf tournament for amateurs and pros, sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association (C-tier) — two rounds of 20 holes for all participants.
Limited to 100 players, there will be five divisions. The fees are $25 for juniors, $30 for recreational players, $35 for intermediate players, $40 for advanced and $45 for professionals. Online registration is available at iregisteredonline.com.
Pairings will be drawn Sept. 2 after sign-ins; tee-off will be at 4 p.m. On Sept. 3, check-in will be at 8 a.m. with tee-off at 9:30 a.m. The event wraps up Sept. 4 with special events and the PDGA Super Class at 9:30 a.m.
Call Duane Laudermilch at (352) 263-4475 or send e-mail to [email protected]
SPRING HILL DIXIE SOFTBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Softball will have registration for the fall season at Anderson Snow Park in the coming weeks.
League officials will be at the park for sign-ups. Volunteers will be on hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 and Sept. 3 and from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 31. Player evaluations will be Sept. 6; participants can also register at that time for an additional $10 late fee.
The fee is $75 per player from ages 9 to 18. The cost for ages 8 and under is $65 unless the player is moving up from the Darlings division this season.
Call Glenn Primavera at (352) 442-1957 or send e-mail to [email protected]
SPRING HILL DIXIE BASEBALL: Spring Hill Dixie Baseball will have registration for the fall season at Anderson Snow Park during the coming days.
League officials will accept sign-ups in the office at the park. Volunteers will be present from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday.
All potential players must turn 5 years old by April 30, 2012. Participants cannot turn 15 years old before Nov. 23 of this year.
The cost is $65 per child. A copy of the child's birth certificate is necessary for registration. The fees cover all games, insurance and trophies.
Call Joe Abbadessa at (352) 263-4488.
MEN'S SOFTBALL: The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department is starting its men's softball league the first week in September.
Registration is open to men age 18 and up. The fee is $569 per team ($335 sponsor's fee and $234 players' fee) for a 14-game schedule.
Games will be played at Anderson Snow Park and Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. All games are played starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday nights.
Call Harry Johnson at (352) 540-6356.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES GOLF: Brooksville Country Club at Majestic Oaks will play host to the seventh-annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament on Oct. 28.
The event will benefit the building of the Arnold Andrews Northern Counties Service Center, which will serve residents of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
Registration is scheduled for 7 a.m., when coffee and doughnuts will be served. The shotgun start is set for 8 a.m., with a buffet lunch at the conclusion of play.
There will be prizes awarded for holes-in-one, including a 2011 Buick-GMC courtesy of Rick Matthews, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle courtesy of Crystal River Harley-Davidson and a golf cart courtesy of Country Club Cars of Brooksville.
The registration fee is $60 per player. Sponsorship opportunities are available until Oct. 20.
Call Abby Evert at (352) 686-9897, ext. 25.
SENIOR SOFTBALL: The West Hernando Softball Club for Seniors League is looking for new members for the season that starts in September. The league is open to players 55 and older. Games are played on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. Call Tony Passanesi at (352) 686-6812.
MORE SENIOR SOFTBALL: The Senior Softball Invitational League will start its season in September and is looking for new players. The league meets at 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill. The fee is $60 for approximately 40 games, and a player must be 50 or older. Call Sal Ficarra at (352) 688-1605.
BROOKSVILLE BULLDOGS: The Brooksville Bulldogs are seeking players for the coming baseball season, which runs from September through February. The team plays doubleheaders in Brooksville and tournaments in the Central Florida area. The two age divisions are 13-and-under and 14-and-under. Call Bruce Price at (813) 714-1054 or send e-mail to [email protected]
UMPIRE CLINICS: The Hernando-Sumter Umpires Association has scheduled its annual baseball/softball umpires clinics.
The clinics are designed to train anyone who wants to become an umpire, and the sessions also can help seasoned umpires improve. Local clinics will take place at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex in Spring Hill on Sunday and Aug. 28.
The sessions are open to men and women age 16 and older. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. each day, with the clinics starting at 1 p.m. There is a $20 charge for each participant, and everyone will receive a Major League Baseball rule book, along with other handouts.
Visit hernandosumterumpire.com to register. Call (352) 593-6998 or send e-mail to [email protected]
Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at [email protected] or (352) 584-6337.