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Brooksville tennis shop adds a pro

Bob Cook has been hired as a staff tennis professional at Judy Jeanette's Strings & Things Pro Shop in Brooksville, Jeanette announced. Cook, 23, played No. 1 singles and doubles at the University of Findlay, in Ohio, from 1986 to 1990. Last summer, he played on a professional tennis circuit in Sweden.

Jeanette, also a native of the Findlay area, said she gave Cook his first tennis lessons and taught him the fundamentals of the game. She moved to Brooksville in 1982.

"He's a real good player and real good with teaching lessons," Jeanette said. "I'm excited to have him on staff."

Cook will work in the Brooksville pro shop and conduct lessons.

This summer, Cook will serve as an instructor with the Hernando County Recreation Division's program at Delta Woods Park, in Spring Hill. In the fall, he will be responsible for the tennis program at Whispering Pines Park, in Inverness.

The sessions of classes at Delta Woods and Whispering Pines will focus on improving the ability of beginner though advanced-intermediate players, including youths and adults.

Cook also will be available for private instruction.

For more information about summer tennis instruction, call Strings & Things Pro Shop at (904) 799-8999 or the Hernando County Recreation Division at (904) 754-4031.

Spaniards to visit: Plantation Inn and Golf Resort will roll out the welcome mats for the third straight summer to a group of junior players from Spain.

The group is due to arrive in Citrus County on July 3 and will number 20-28 golfers, according to Plantation head pro Jim Brennan. They will be here until the end of July.

Brennan, Plantation assistant pros Mike Clary and Laura Mitchell and teaching pro Marion Walker will instruct the Spanish juniors in the finer points of golf.

"The parents of the kids send them over here to get into the teaching program," Brennan said. "Probably one-third of them are repeaters coming back for the third time.

"We'll have three hours of teaching for them from 9 to noon (weekdays), followed by lunch. Then we'll have a little tournament or maybe go play another course in the afternoon. The kids have played Seven Rivers and Glen Lakes in the past."

Last year, the Spaniards ranged in age from 10 to 17. The group of 15 boys and five girls got to play in two tournaments of the North Suncoast Junior Golf Association.

Black Diamond on air: Pro golfer Corey Pavin will be at Black Diamond Ranch on Friday to tape a television show called Great Golf Courses of the World, which will be shown in Japan on TV Asahi.

Pavin and an unnamed host of the Japanese program will begin their round at 8 a.m., after a helicopter carrying a cameraman tours the course. The cameraman will film all the holes to give Japanese viewers a feel for Black Diamond, and Pavin will add commentary about each hole and the proper way to play it.

"It's a public relations-type deal," Black Diamond head pro David Shimko said. "Pavin is the leading money-winner on the PGA Tour and pretty big (in Japan)."

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