Garner Cleveland: Sports

Sports Notes: Feb. 15

Ladies triathlon training

The Ramblin’ Rose ladies triathlon eight-week training program will be offered by the Club at Flowers Plantation this spring. An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 23. For more info, contact Tracy Condle at 919-274-3922 or

USGA Rules of Golf Seminars

The Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) will hold its annual USGA Rules of Golf seminars in March. Area seminars will be held on March 11 at Hope Valley Country Club in Durham and on March 18 at Carolina Country Club in Raleigh. The seminars are free of charge to attendees, who will view a narrated computer presentation on the basics of the Rules of Golf followed by question and answer sessions. Seminars typically last between two hours. A free 2012-15 USGA Rules of Golf book will be distributed to all participants, and information on the Carolinas Golf Association will be available. Seminar attendees are encouraged to register at Info: 910-673-1000 or

Free Turkey Hunting Seminars

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Wild Turkey Federation will offer free turkey hunting seminars across the state in March and April. The seminars, which will be conducted on introductory and advanced levels, will be held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at eight locations throughout the state. They are open on a first-come, first-serve basis to all ages, although participants 16 years and younger will need parental permission to register. The introductory seminars are designed for novice hunters or those who have never hunted turkey and would like to learn more. Topics will include biology, hunting methods, calls and decoys, firearms and ammo selection, camouflage clothing, and turkey cleaning and cooking techniques. The advanced seminars are for experienced turkey hunters. They will focus on advanced biology, and more complex hunting tactics, calls and decoys. Advanced seminars also will include tips and strategies for dealing with stubborn, hard-to-hunt gobblers. Local seminars will be held at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus Center on March 3 and 5 (intro) and March 17 (advanced). Registration is required before the events at, or by contacting Casey Williams at 919-707-0202 or

5K race training

Flowers Plantation’s Spring Couch to 5K will help participants train for a 5K race in a fun and supportive group. Registration covers group runs, informational sessions, training shirt, and entry into the annual Clayton Road Race 5K on May 9. Info: or Tracy Condie at 919-553-1984.

Red Cross Lifeguard Training

Four sessions of American Red Cross Lifeguard Training will be held at the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center. Participants must be at least 15 years old, pass a pre-course swim test and attend all class sessions in full. The pre-course swim test includes a 300-yard swim with rhythmic breathing and breath control using freestyle or the breaststroke, a two-minute water tread using only your legs, and a distance swim after retrieving a brick in nine feet of water. The fee for the pre-course is $25. The class fee is $175-200. Classes are set for four days (including 20 hours of instruction) from March 1-15, March 22-29, April 26 - May 3 and May 11-17. Sessions cannont be mixed. For times and other information, call 919-934-2148.

Swim lessons at The Club at Flowers Plantation

Private and group swim lessons are available at The Club at Flowers Plantation. Info: or Tracy Condie at 919-553-1984.

Piedmont Bass Classics tournaments

The Piedmont Bass Classics tournament trail fishing tournaments have been set for the season. Events, which begin Feb. 28, are held at Shearon Harris, Jordan, Kerr, Falls and Mayo lakes. Visit or email for more info.

2015 Horse Show Series

The Johnston County Horse Show Series offers fun and exciting shows while still maintaining a down home atmosphere that encourages family participation. The shows, mostly held at the Johnston County Livestock Arena near Smithfield, are open shows that welcome riders and horses/mules from all riding levels, breeds and disciplines. JCHSS offers classes in Halter, Western, Working Western, Hunters & Jumping, Dressage Suitability, Trail, Miniature equines, Driving and English. Classes are placed through eighth place with 21 championship divisions per show. Show dates for 2015 are April 11, May 31, June 27, Sept. 19, Oct. 31 and Nov. 14. A three-day show is also set for Aug. 7-9 at the Hunt Horse Complex in Raleigh. A negative coggins test within one year is required. Info: visit or contact Michelle McLaughlin at 919-934-1344 or

Fly-fishing clinics planned

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer basic fly-fishing clinics Jan. 31, and Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center ponds in Fayetteville. The Wildlife Commission designed the clinics for participants who have limited or no experience fly fishing. Instructors will teach the basics of fly-casting. They also will teach multiple fly-casting techniques, including on-the-water instruction. Two additional clinics for Boy Scouts who want to earn fly-fishing merit badges are scheduled for Feb. 28 and March 14. Clinics are limited to 30 people each, and registration at is required. A registration fee of $5 for each participant will be collected the morning of the clinic by the Fayetteville Cumberland County Parks and Recreation Department. For more info, 910-868-5003 or

Horse Show Clinic set for March

The 2015 Johnston County Horse Show Clinic will be held March 28 at the Johnston County Livestock Arena. The event will include show coaching and class clinics in eight areas. The cost is $10 per session. Each session will be limited to the first 10 participants to sign up. For a registration form or info: visit or contact Michelle McLaughlin at 919-934-1344 or

Local rugby club expanding

The Clayton Copperheads Youth Rugby program will add a high school team in Johnston County this coming year. The organization offers youth rugby teams for ages 5-18 as well as adult teams. The season will begin in February. For info, visit or contact Pat Cunningham at or 919-631-1633.