Fort Mill Times

Sports briefs - April 28, 2009

KAYAK POLO

Public invited to watch Wylie's team in regional tourney

Lake Wylie's Carolina Kayak Polo Club team will host its fourth annual Carolina Spring Regional Tournament Saturday and Sunday on Lake Wylie at McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road, in partnership with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department.

Five teams are expected to compete for the championship with 30 to 40 players expected from across eastern North America. Participants are expected from New England, Montreal, New York and Maryland, as well as from both Carolinas.

Tournament games run from 2 p.m. until dusk and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Spectators may watch for free from beside the waterfront dock.

For more information about the sport and the team, visit carolinakayakpolo.org.

GOLF

Help Red Cross

The 21st annual Choice USA/American Red Cross Golf Tournament will be held Thursday at Gaston Country Club, Gastonia, N.C. Shotgun start is at 1 p.m. With the help of premier sponsor Choice USA/Sun Drop, this event is the Gaston County Chapter's largest fundraiser.

Cost is $500 per team with survivor kits available for $100 per team. There will be hole-in one-and putt-for-cash opportunities. Price includes a box lunch and awards banquet.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information or to register, call 704-864-2623.

Lions tourney set, sponsors needed

River Hills Lions Charities Golf Tournament & Business Expo will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. May 8 at River Hills Country Club. Cost: RHCC golf members, $100; non-members, $145. Proceeds benefit River Hills Lions Charities. Call the River Hills Country Club Pro-Shop at 803-831-2249 or Lion Anita Rounds at 803-831-8683 for an entry form.

Businesses that service the Lake Wylie area are invited to participate as golf hole sponsors and showcase products and services.

Three sponsorship are: Diamond ($500) with canopy, a business representative on tee box, one player in the tournament, attend the awards dinner, showcase product or services at the clubhouse and receive recognition for contribution; gold ($250) with business representative on the tee box of choice, signage on the tee box, one representative attend the awards dinner, showcase product or services at the clubhouse and receive recognition for contribution; and silver ($125) with signage at the clubhouse and recognition at the awards dinner.

For information, call Lion Lee Kehler at 803-371-8083.

Support AAL

York County-based Animal Adoption League's second annual Wishes for Whiskers Golf Classic will be held May 16 at Glen Oaks Golf Club, 245 Golf Course Road, Maiden, N.C. Cost is $75 per golfer. All proceeds benefit AAL. Sponsor levels begin at $20. For information, call 704-879-4157 or visit mynextpet.com.

Sign up for summer program

River Hills Country Club's summer program will consist of eight weeks of junior golf instruction that will cover all facets of the game, along with a program to get children ready for the golf course.

Programs will be held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. for ages 10 and older beginning June 10 and ages 9 and younger beginning June 11.

The summer series costs $100 for members or $150 for non-members.

Individual sessions cost $20 per week for members or $25 per week for non-members.

To sign up or for more information, e-mail btalley@riverhillscc.org or jgalante@riverhillscc.org.

SWIMMING

Sharks ready for new season

The River Hills Sharks have new team suits, a new assistant coach and a first season with a new league -- the Greater Charlotte Swim League. The Sharks will compete in the third division, with six regular season dual meets (three home and three away), as well as an All-Star meet July 12.

Coach Joan Epping looks forward to "a new beginning" with assistant coach Ashley Goehring.

Anything "new" ordered will be available for pickup 5-7:30 p.m. May 10 during the kick-off party at the River Hills Country Club.

The kick-off party schedule is as follows: 5-6 p.m. introduce swimmers to buddies and "get-to-know-you" activity, 6-7 p.m. eating and swimming, and 7-7:30 p.m. coaches meeting with swimmers then parents.

Practice begins May 11 at the following times: 4-4:45 p.m. ages 6 and younger, 4:30-5:30 p.m. ages 7 to 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. ages 11 to18, and 6:30-7 p.m. ages 11 to 18 who want additional practice.

On the calendar:

• May 15: Make-up practice

• May 16: Turn Clinic 8-9:30 a.m. (ages 11-12) and 9:30-11 a.m. (13-18)

• May 22 : Make-up practice

First Dual Meet is June 8; last one is June 29 with the banquet later that week. The All-Star Meet will be June 12 for qualified swimmer.

For more information, call Coach Joan Epping or Ashley Goehring 803-831-8060.

- submitted by Jan Bailey Sowell

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