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Christovich, Exber ready for title defenses at Crane Cup Invitational
06 Nov 2013
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Crane Cup Invitational Golf Tournament, Floridian, Patrick Christovich Rankings

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Patrick Christovich
Patrick Christovich
In just its third year, the Crane Cup brings together one of the top mid-amateur fields of the entire season. In fact, the invitational, scheduled to tee off Friday at the Floridian in Palm City, Fla., has quickly become one of the nation's top events.

According to organizer and tournament director Kevin Marsh, who's not a bad player himself (winner of the 2005 U.S. Mid- Amateur), this year's field features the current winners of the U.S. Mid-Amateur, U.S. Senior Amateur and the British Senior Amateur.

Not bad for year No. 3.

The event launched in early 2012 with Robert Funk and Paul Simson winning titles. This past January, Patrick Christovich prevailed in a playoff over Todd Burgan with Brady Exber winning the senior title.

Indeed, a long list of elite amateurs for such a new event.

This year's field is equally impressive, boasting some of the hottest players in the game. As previously mentioned, major winners Mike McCoy, Doug Hanzel and George Zahringer will be in attendance.

Hanzel has remained hot after his U.S. Senior victory, winning the Society of Seniors Dale Morey Championship. In the Crane Cup senior field, he'll be a favorite and undoubtedly challenged by contenders Grady Brame, Duke Delcher, Randy Elliot, Doug Hanzel, Pat Tallent, Rick Woulfe and Zahringer.

In the Mid-Amateur Division, Christovich will hope to win for a second straight time following a stellar season. He'll battle the likes of Ryan Abbate, Matt Bianchini, Brett Williams, Jose Maruri, Marsh and recent winners Gene Elliot, Colby Harwell, John Veneziano, McCoy and Exber.

Amateurgolf.com will have full coverage of the event, including recaps and results. For a full view of the field and early-round pairings, follow this link ยป
Results For Crane Cup Invitational Golf Tournament
1TXColby HarwellSan Antonio, TX30073-69-64=206
T2FLJon VenezianoMount Dora, FL20075-72-68=215
T2IAGene ElliottW. Des Moines, IA20075-70-70=215
4TXAaron HickmanTyler, TX10072-71-73=216
5CAScott AlmquistCoto de Caza, CA10075-74-68=217

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ABOUT THE Crane Cup

54-hole scratch stroke play event with Mid-Amateur and Senior Divisions, hosted by the recently redesigned (Tom Fazio) Floridian in Palm City, Florida. Tournament Director Kevin Marsh is a USGA Mid-Amateur champion and has helped attract a strong field of committed players for this invitational tournament.

Jim Crane hoists the World Series 
trophy
Jim Crane holding the Commissioner's Trophy
The Crane Cup was started in 2012 by Houston business magnate Jim Crane, who in the previous year took control of the Floridian on the same day that he closed the deal to purchase the Houston Astros baseball team. Crane created his namesake tournament to be a celebration of competitive amateur golf, and has competed himself in the senior division. Five years later, both ventures had grown to be huge successes: the Crane Cup as an important national mid-amateur/senior championship, and the Houston Astros as World Series champions, the first in the history of the franchise.

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