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The Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department's adult softball leagues have been competing on the fields at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville for a couple of months, and the season is beginning to wind down.

Last week, Watler Development Services played a doubleheader, defeating Pickett's Hardware 19-18 and Farm Bureau Insurance 17-7 to move to 8-1 in the standings, a half-game over Coney Island Drive Inn (7-1). Coney Island beat Beef 'O' Brady's 19-4 to keep pace in the men's league. Beef 'O' Brady's (6-3) is still within striking distance in fourth place, tied with Farm Bureau.

Defending women's league champion Spring Hill MRI continued its domination, moving to 12-0 last week with victories over Sommer Sensations (8-6) and Bene's Beauties (0-14). Spring Hill knocked off Sommer 7-6 and Bene's 16-9. Hair Studio One (6-8) is the final team in the fray, and it split its games with Sommer and Bene's. Sommer beat Hair Studio 17-5, while Bene's fell 15-9.

Coney Island Drive Inn (8-1) dominated its game with Don's Truck & Auto (3-5) last week in the co-ed league to maintain first place in the standings. Coney Island won 22-2. United Speed World (7-2) is still in second place after a close 9-8 win over Mighty Thunder (1-7). Print Shack (6-2) won 19-9 over Day Law Firm (3-6) to stay close as well.

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HIGH POINT WOMEN'S GOLF LEAGUE: The High Point Women's Golf League is in full swing, now that most of the players are back from their part-time homes up north.

Players are divided into 18-hole and nine-hole divisions. In the first week of play, on Oct. 15, the 18-hole division competed in a gross-score-minus-putts contest. Delores Hartwick won Flight A with 59 strokes, and Joan Kaloustian (60) came in second. Flight B was won by Donna O'Keefe (71), with Anna McGovern (72) close behind.

The lone birdies came from Hartwick on the eighth hole and Nancy Reeves on the 17th.

The nine-hole players competed in a low-net round. The Flight A champion was Beverly Vauter (40). A three-way tiebreaker was needed in Flight B to crown Sharon Reidl (49) the winner over Freddie Worley and Grace Perkins. Flight C was won by Linda Mason (51), who finished one stroke better than Joyce Salisbury (52).

After a week off, the second week of play, on Oct. 29, featured the 18-hole division competing in a low-net and low-gross contest. Reeves (90) won low gross in Flight A, with O'Keefe (62) winning low net. McGovern (107) won the Flight B low-gross title, and Kathy Grenier (74) took low-net honors.

The nine-hole players competed in a low-net round. Vauter (42) won by two strokes over Ann Marie Hartnett (44) in Flight A, with Worley (43) winning Flight B by one stroke over Pat Goman (44). Gloria Corey (49) won the Flight C crown by two over Cecile Abbott (51).

On Nov. 5, the 18-hole division competed for the top number of pars. Reeves won Flight A with four pars. Kaloustian, O'Keefe, and Joy Brady had two pars each to place second. Flight B was won by Hartwick with two pars. Other than Hartwick, only Cindy Williams had a par in that flight.

Reeves knocked in the lone birdie of the round, carding a 3 on the par-4 first hole.

The nine-hole group competed in a low-net round, with Flight A being won for the third consecutive week by Vauter (26). Worley (29) took the Flight B title for the second time in three weeks. Abbott (25) took the Flight C title, winning by two strokes over Mason (27).

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TOURETTE SYNDROME GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Plantation Golf Resort in Crystal River will host the inaugural Tee Off for Tourette Celebrity Golf Tournament on Feb. 1 and 2.

Proceeds will benefit the Tourette Syndrome Association of Florida, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping individuals and families living with Tourette's syndrome. The money will help send children to an annual camp, where they can be with other children with Tourette's syndrome and can make new friends.

The basic entry fee is $500 per four-player team, which includes a hole sign and recognition in the tournament program, as well as greens fees and a cart. Other sponsorship levels include gold, platinum and event.

For $1,000, a sponsor receives the same features as with the basic fee, plus a plaque commemorating the event. For a platinum fee of $2,500, a corporate sponsor gets two four-player teams. The event sponsor fee of $5,000 includes three four-player teams and the privilege of playing the round with one of the celebrities signed up to be on hand.

Individual hole sponsorships are $250. Individual players can play for a cost of $100 per golfer.

Among the celebrities expected to appear are former Buffalo Bills linebacker Darryl Talley, American Idol Season 9 contestant Dave Pittman, Kansas City Royals minor leaguer Nick DelGuidice and sports artist John Prince.

For more information, contact event chairman Gary D'Amico at (352) 527-2938 or

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HOLIDAY GOLF TOURNAMENT:Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville will host the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's annual holiday tournament Dec. 6.

Sponsored by Cemex, Dyno Nobel and Thunder Bay Builders, the event will feature PGA qualifying school conditions. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a continental breakfast served by Chick-fil-A. The shotgun start will be at 8:30 a.m.

The entry fee is $400 per four-player team. Hole sponsorships are also available. For those who wish to play as well as sponsor a hole, the cost for both is $450. Individual hole sponsorships are $100. The entry fee includes golf, cart, range balls and lunch.

For more information, call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697 or visit

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TOYS FOR TOTS GOLF TOURNAMENT: Marine Corps League Detachment 708 will have its Toys for Tots of Hernando County golf tournament Saturday at Hernando Oaks Country Club in Brooksville.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The tournament will consist of 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format. Also included with the $75 fee are lunch, dinner coupons provided by Texas Roadhouse, gift bags and prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the longest drive and closest-to-the-pin.

Toys for Tots supports needy children of Hernando County, providing them with Christmas gifts when their parents are unable to afford them.

For more information, call Keith Ball at (727) 465-4815, Linda Black at (352) 596-2225 or Woody Marr at (352) 585-0975, or visit to register.

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JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS: Ace Performance Tennis is holding registration and open play for the Fall/Winter U.S. Tennis Association Junior Team Tennis season on Tuesday at Nature Coast Technical High School, south of Brooksville.

Sign-ups for the 12-and-younger division will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Registration for the 13-to-18 division will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Fees are $60 per player.

Registration forms are available on the website. Players must be USTA members to participate in the sectional tournament in January.

Visit or call Louise or John Downey at (352) 666-0658 for information.

Contact Derek J. LaRiviere at or (352) 584-6337.