The 12th Annual Jelly Bean Invitational, the last of three special tournaments held each year by Seven Rivers Golf Club, was Wednesday as area clubs tuned up for upcoming club championships.
The Jelly Bean, which is for the higher-handicapped players, wrapped up a successful swing at Seven Rivers. The biggest of the tournaments, all sponsored by the club's Nifty-Niners, was the Lolly Pop Invitational for the lowest-handicapped players. The Tangerine Slice was for the medium-handicapped players.
The Jelly Bean attracted 66 players from Hernando and Citrus counties, and Williston Country Club. The four-person, nine-hole handicap scramble had players from local clubs such as Inverness Golf and Country Club, LakeSide and the hosts, as well as from out-of-county clubs such as Brooksville Golf and Country Club, Glen Lakes and Heather.
The winning foursome, though, was from Citrus. Millie Reph (Inverness Golf and Country Club), Norma Marr (Seven Rivers), Lavera Sasser (Inverness) and Marie Hertzel (LakeSide) took top honors with a 21.6.
In second were Anne Messner (Sugarmill Woods), Isabel Aleson (Citrus Hills), Ethel Taubet (Williston) and Mickey Elliott (Seven Rivers) with a 23.2.
Two Hernando County players teamed with some local golfers for third: Barbara Comi and Bobbi McGlashan of Glen Lakes played with Peg Phillips of Seven Rivers and Phyllis Wood of Sugarmill Woods to capture third place with a 24.6.
Goldie McDonnell of Heather was on the fourth-place team with Elaine Cielak (Williston), Jean Conlin (Williston) and Grace Novack (Seven Rivers), and the four shot a 25.
Taking fifth was the team of Marge Cronauer and Ruby Oliver of Williston, Lois O'Mara of Seven Rivers and Tippy Corliss of Rainbow Springs.
Tying for sixth at 25.4 were Doris Hisy of Brooksville, who played with Esther Michel (Seven Rivers), Elly Case (Sugarmill Woods) and Marion Hanson (Williston), and the team of Honey Eckert (Sugarmill), Dee Egelson (Citrus Hills), Josie Francis (Seven Rivers) and Pat John (Rainbow Springs).
Comi picked up another prize for coming closest to the pin on No. 5, while Barbara Johnson of Seven Rivers was closest to the line on No. 9.
THREE FOR THIRD: A trio of well-known locals managed a three-way tie in the recent Seven Rivers Golf Club's Member-Guest Tournament.
B. J. Dulaney, who played with Leone Gehrke, Linda Travis with Janet Brown and Val Johnson with Connie Ciresoli finished tied for first with scores of 76 low gross in the first flight.
First flight low net winners Thelma Minor and Sandy Warren shot 60 to tie Betty Bleakley and Doris Bleakley.
BENEFITS: The Citrus High boys and girls golf teams will hold a fund-raiser April 13 at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club.
The four-person best ball scramble has a shotgun starts at 1:30 p.m. The entry fee of $40 includes prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, first, second and third-place teams; gift certificates; and golf equipment. Lunch also will be served.
For information, call Chris Richardson or Michelle Connor at 726-2241.
The Crystal River Kiwanis will hold a tournament April 5 at the Oaks Course at Citrus Hills Country Club.
The four-player scramble costs $40 and begins at 9 a.m., and the organizers expect 144 players. For information, call Dan Groner (746-4501), John Barnes (628-3895) or Tony Wiesen (628-1770).
The League of Women Voters of Citrus County will hold its second annual tourney April 14 at Southern Woods Golf Club. The four-person Texas Scramble begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The cost is $45 and includes buffet lunch, prizes and on-course beverages.