http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sports/rss.xml en Sports marketing specialist named http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/sports-marketing-specialist-named <p> Corry Locke is the newest addition to the Ocala/Marion County Visitors and Convention Bureau team as the sports marketing specialist.<br /> Formerly with the Marion County Parks and Recreation Department, Locke is no stranger to managing large sporting events for the destination.<br /> Since 2009, Locke has successfully managed the Cal Ripken and Babe Ruth events held in Ocala/Marion County.<br /> Ocala National to host tourney http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/ocala-national-host-tourney-1 <img src="http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/01-15_pic_golf_course_0.jpg" alt="The clubhouse at Ocala National." title="The clubhouse at Ocala National." align="left" hspace="6" width="90" height="85" /><p> The newly branded Ocala National Golf Club in Ocala, formerly known as Golden Hills Golf and Country Club, is a Rees Jones re-design, and the former USGA Championship host is referenced as one of the top layouts on the NGA Tour schedule. Ocala National was the site of Ted Potter Jr.&rsquo;s last NGA Tour Pro Series win before going on to win at golf&rsquo;s top level.</p> <p> The NGA pro tour (formerly called the Hooters Tour), which has launched numerous golfers into PGA Tour success, is slated to play a 72-hole championship at Ocala National on April 3-6.</p> Ocala National to host tourney http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/ocala-national-host-tourney-0 <p> The newly branded Ocala National Golf Club in Ocala, formerly known as Golden Hills Golf and Country Club, is a Rees Jones re-design, and the former USGA Championship host is referenced as one of the top layouts on the NGA Tour schedule. Ocala National was the site of Ted Potter Jr.&rsquo;s last NGA Tour Pro Series win before going on to win at golf&rsquo;s top level.</p> <p> The NGA pro tour (formerly called the Hooters Tour), which has launched numerous golfers into PGA Tour success, is slated to play a 72-hole championship at Ocala National on April 3-6.</p> Opening ceremony held at Cal Ripken World Series http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/opening-ceremony-held-cal-ripken-world-series <img src="http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8-16 pic ripken skydiver.jpg" alt="One of three skydivers who dropped in for the opening ceremonies to deliver the game ball makes a pinpoint landing in the outfield of Field 1 at the Rotary Sports Complex in Ocala." title="One of three skydivers who dropped in for the opening ceremonies to deliver the game ball makes a pinpoint landing in the outfield of Field 1 at the Rotary Sports Complex in Ocala." align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p> <strong>By Jim Clark</strong></p> <p> <em>Editor</em></p> <p> The Cal Ripken Baseball World Series, featuring 10 teams from all over the U.S., is being played at the Rotary Sports Complex in Ocala.</p> <p> At the completion of pool play, the host team from Ocala and a team from West Raleigh, North Carolina, were unbeaten and seeded first in the single elimination finals, which start Thursday, Aug. 15, and conclude Saturday, Aug. 17.</p> <p> The team from Newtown, Connecticut, was eliminated with a 1-3 record.</p> Ladies' champ http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/ladies-champ <img src="http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lady champ 2col.JPG" alt="Nancy Groth and Barry Fies, PGA club professional at Ocala Palms. " title="Nancy Groth and Barry Fies, PGA club professional at Ocala Palms. " align="left" hspace="6" width="75" height="85" /><p> Nancy Groth recently won her 4th Ladies Club Championship title at Ocala Palms shooting 76-70.&nbsp;</p> Tournament makes over $5,000 for FCEE http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/tournament-makes-over-5000-fcee <img src="http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/opRonAbd_1.jpg" alt="Ron and Mary Correy and Heidi and Bob Willis." title="Ron and Mary Correy and Heidi and Bob Willis." align="left" hspace="6" width="69" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Ocala Palms Golf &amp; Country Club hosted the Free Enterprise Open Golf Tournament on April 16<sup>th</sup>. The tournament benefits the Florida Council on Economic Education, which provides programs free of charge to students and teachers from K-12.&nbsp; These programs help teach economic literacy and financial responsibility.</p> <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thanks to the 100 players, 40 sponsors, and many volunteers the tournament was a tremendous success raising over $5,000 for the FCEE.&nbsp;</p> Community raises $24,000 for cause http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/community-raises-24000-cause-0 <img src="http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/webop front 3col.JPG" alt="1st Sgt. Kevin Crowell, Brigadier General (Ret) Donald Barhart, Anne Marie Mattison, mother of deceased soldier Sgt. Jeffrey Mattison Wershow, Brigadier General (Ret) Royce Smith, Brigadier General (Ret) Richard G. Capps, and residents John and Pat De Jesus who spearheaded the effort. " title="1st Sgt. Kevin Crowell, Brigadier General (Ret) Donald Barhart, Anne Marie Mattison, mother of deceased soldier Sgt. Jeffrey Mattison Wershow, Brigadier General (Ret) Royce Smith, Brigadier General (Ret) Richard G. Capps, and residents John and Pat De Jesus who spearheaded the effort. " align="left" hspace="6" width="194" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Community raises $24,000 for cause</p> <p> Text and Photos by</p> <p> Barb Dedics</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Ocala Palms Golf &amp; Country Club may be known as a 55 plus &ldquo;retirement&rdquo; community, but the residents are very active when it comes to reaching out to help many needy organizations. Once again several residents of this community contributed to a worthy cause!&nbsp;</p> Super Bowl brings rivalry – friendly http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/content/super-bowl-brings-rivalry-%E2%80%93-friendly <img src="http://www.westmarionmessenger.com/sites/www.westmarionmessenger.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ff bowl fans 3col.jpg" alt="Good natured rivalry between &quot;Steelers&quot; (L-R) Bob Kelsch and Bill Sibly and &quot;Packers&quot; Jim LePage and Phil Geissal " title="Good natured rivalry between &quot;Steelers&quot; (L-R) Bob Kelsch and Bill Sibly and &quot;Packers&quot; Jim LePage and Phil Geissal " align="left" hspace="6" width="109" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;Are you a &ldquo;Packer&rdquo; or a &ldquo;Steeler&rdquo;?&nbsp; That was my question to a representative sampling of Fairfield Villagers.&nbsp; I had to add another nomenclature---&ldquo;don&rsquo;t care.&rdquo;&nbsp; The tally is in and the votes are fairly representative of what I have seen on the sports networks.&nbsp;</p>