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Junior Circuit Tennis has first tournament of the season

Recreation notebook

The first Junior Circuit Tennis tournament of the season was held at Sugarmill Woods/Oak Village Tennis Center in Homosassa on Sept. 14 and 15.

The boys high school division winner was Weeki Wachee's Chris Rosser, who defeated Spring Hill's Hank Deslaurier in straight sets for the title, 7-6 and 6-2. In the consolation bracket, Brooksville's Nick Pais defeated Weeki Wachee's Harrison Rosser for third place in straight sets as well, 7-5 and 6-0.

In the girls high school division, Crystal River's Veronica Williams was able to topple Spring Hill's Katie Viola in straight sets, 6-2 and 6-3. The consolation match was won by Sugarmill Woods' member Maddie Lewis in three sets over Brooksville's Jennifer Sniffen, 3-6, 7-5, and 6-3.

The next JCT event will be held on Nov. 16 and 17 at Sugarmill Woods.

The tournament will be the third out of four events on the JCT schedule. JCT is a series of nonsanctioned tournaments designed by two area tennis professionals, Judy Jeanette and Rick Scholl. Youth players from Hernando, Citrus, and other area counties are invited to enter and compete. The hosting pros may interact with the juniors by offering suggestions, both on and off the court.

Each tournament includes four divisions: boys high school singles, girls high school singles, boys middle school singles and girls middle school singles. A minimum of four players is needed to hold an event. If a draw cannot be made, players may be moved or divisions may be combined to make a draw.

The entry fee is $20 per player, and balls are provided. First-place finishers receive a $15 Best Buy gift certificate and runner-up gets a $10 Best Buy gift certificate. Or players can request a trophy. The entry deadline is 9 p.m. the Wednesday prior to each tournament. Enter each tournament by e-mailing Provide your name, age, school grade, city, cellphone, name of school and seeding information if it applies.

For information, visit JCT on Facebook, or call Judy Jeanette at (352) 232-0321 or Rick Scholl at (352) 232-4888.

TOYS FOR TOTS GOLF TOURNAMENT: The U.S. Marine Corps League Toys for Tots of Hernando County Golf Tournament sponsored by Texas Roadhouse will be held on Nov. 16 at Hernando Oaks Golf Course & Country Club in Brooksville.

Organized by the Marine Corps League Detachment 708, the golf package is $75 per player, which includes 18 holes of golf, greens fees, golf carts, gift bags, and a Texas Roadhouse dinner for two coupon.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:30. Lunch will be served after the round. Closest-to-the-pin and longest drive contests will also be held. Hole sponsorships are available for $100.

For information, call Keith Ball at (727) 465-4815, Linda Black at (352) 596-2225, or Ben Pressel at (727) 863-8104.

ROTARY CLUB GOLF TOURNAMENT: The 36th annual Rotary Club of Brooksville Golf Tournament will be held at the Brooksville Country Club on Nov. 20.

A shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Entry fees are $75 per golfer, which includes green fees, cart and a barbecue lunch. Hole sponsors are also still available for $100 or, to include the entry fee for a foursome, $375.

The tournament includes a $10,000 hole-in-one prize provided by Brown & Brown Insurance. Additional prizes will be for longest drive, closest-to-the-pin, stick-the-green, door prizes, and goody bags for each player. Funds raised help the club pay for local scholarships to graduating seniors.

For information, call Karen Carpinone at (352) 754-2500.

SPRING HILL UNITED METHODIST GOLF: The Spring Hill First United Methodist Church will hold a golf event on Oct. 26 at Seven Hills Golf Club in Spring Hill.

The nine-hole event is set for a tee time of 3 p.m. Golfers need to sign in at 2:30 p.m. Reservations have been made for a limited number of foursomes.

The group is planning to have dinner at Boston Cooker in Spring Hill following the competition. Feel free to bring your significant other to the course, or have them join the group at the restaurant for dinner.

For information or to make reservations, call Hal Dingley at (352) 683-2467 or e-mail

BOWLING HONOR SCORES: Bowlers at Spring Hill and Mariner Lanes posted some impressive scores at the end of last month.

Sal Gennusa, a bowler who began competing at Spring Hill Lanes as a youth in 2001, recorded his first U.S. Bowling Congress-sanctioned achievement last month in the Mike's Auto Body League at the center, tossing a 299 game on Sept. 24.

The 29-year-old took more than seven years off from organized bowling before rejoining league play in 2012 in the Monday Men's Trio Summer League. He averaged a 206 that summer and is currently averaging a 205 in the Mike's Auto Body League on Tuesday nights.

In the Friday Early Mariners League at the crosstown establishment, two competitors put up big scores.

Jack Redmond is no stranger to success on the lanes. Tossing a 300 on Sept. 27 was his first perfect game since moving to Spring Hill and it came after three 299 games; Redmond had four 300s and two 800 series in Camp Lejeune, N.C., from 1999 to 2002.

Tom Russell also threw his 11th sanctioned perfect game in the second game of his 825 series on Sept. 27. Sandwiched between a 259 and a 266, Russell continued to prove himself as one of the county's elite bowlers. He owns one of the best series in county history with his 848 thrown in April 2010. He now has six 800 series in his career.

SPRING HILL LANES SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP: The 14th annual Spring Hill Lanes Singles Championship will be held on Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m.

The entry fee for the bowling center's headline event is $48 per bowler if made before Nov. 14. Late entries must pay $60.

For information, call Pam Hoppe at (352) 683-7272.

ALZHEIMER'S FUNDRAISER GOLF TOURNAMENT: The Alzheimer's Family Organization, in conjunction with Full Circle Financial, will hold its 13th annual charity golf tournament on Nov. 9 at Seven Springs Country Club in New Port Richey.

Registration will begin at 6:30 a.m., with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. The event will consist of 18 holes of golf in a four-person scramble format. The cost to play is $85 per person.

A continental breakfast will be included, along with lunch provided by Argento's Italian Bistro, goody bags, raffles and door prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the top three teams, longest drive, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one. A new car and other prizes will be provided by Friendly Kia in New Port Richey. Full Circle Financial will sponsor a putting contest for a chance to win $10,000.

The Alzheimer's Family Organization serves Central Florida. Proceeds from the tournament will help individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their families.

For information, call community services coordinator Kathy Montero at (727) 848-8888 or toll-free 1-888-496-8004.

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