PALM CITY, Fla. (Nov. 10, 2014) — Beginning
November 14 at the beautiful Floridian in Palm
City, Fla., the fourth annual Crane Cup will host
an elite field of mid-amateur and senior players
for a late season, 54-hole stroke play event.
Tournament director Kevin Marsh, who began
the event in 2012, struck a chord with course
owner Jim Crane and the two meticulously
crafted what has quickly become one of the
premier invitationals in the United States.
"[Crane] wanted to create a national
membership with a lot of good players," Marsh
said, "and I said, 'Why don't we host a
tournament and get all the best mid-amateurs
and senior amateurs in the country to come
"'Some of them will join, and the rest will tell
everybody how great it is,'" Marsh said.
Marsh will be feeling good about his own golf
game, having just won the Southern California
Four-Ball Championship with playing partner
John Pate. Marsh tied for sixth in the 2013 Crane
Cup, finishing 12 shots back of Colby Harwell,
who won by nine.
Crane, who also owns Major League Baseball's
Houston-based team the Astros, is an avid golfer
and will be in the field as well in the senior
"It's a place that sells itself," Marsh said of the
host course Floridian, that Marsh mentioned was
in a relatively secluded and quiet part north of
West Palm Beach.
"It's kind of hidden, not in the hustle-and-bustle
of Jupiter or West Palm," Marsh said. "It's really
TaylorMade/Adidas has been a sponsor of the
event from day-one, and by providing the
players with gear, along with the treatment of
Floridian's five-star resort-like amenities,
players get treated like tour professionals.
Here's a look at the 2013 Crane Cup
SIX PLAYERS TO WATCH
BRADY EXBER - view profile
accomplished Nevada player, who is playing in
the Mid-Amateur division in 2014, is a member
of the Southern Nevada Golf Association Hall of
Fame and is a seven-time SNGA Player-of-the-
Year. His spectacular 2014 includes wins at the
British Senior Amateur, Senior Azalea,
Hall, and Stocker Cup, as well as a runner-up
finish at the Canadian Senior Amateur. In
the Southern Golf Association named Exber the
SGA National Amateur
Month, based on his three wins. He is the
senior player to earn that honor in 2014.
COLBY HARWELL - view profile
defending champion helped his home state of
Texas win its record fourth USGA State Team
Championship in October, along with Zach
Atkinson and Aaron Hickman (also in the field).
Harwell also has individual top-fives at the
State Team and at the Harvey Penick
MIKE MCCOY - view profile
perennial mid-amateur talent is having a nice
follow-up season after his 2013 U.S. Mid-
Amateur win with victories at the 2014 Lupton
Invitational and George C. Thomas Invitational.
The Iowa native finished in a tie for 15th last
year and will be looking for a better finish at
DOUG HANZEL - view profile
U.S. Senior Amateur champion is coming off a
victory at the newest Society of Seniors
tournament — The Vinny. A native of
Ga., Hanzel also captured the 2014 Jones Cup
Senior Invitational, winning by two over fellow
Georgian Jack Hall.
PAT TALLENT - view profile
resident traveled west to Newport Beach and
returned to the
east coast with a U.S. Senior
Amateur title. Tallent rolled the rock with his
putter in his final
match win over Bryan Norton, including a 30-
plus footer on the 17th hole. Tallent also tied
eighth at the British Senior.
CHIP LUTZ - view profile
Lutz not only won the
Crump Cup senior division, but completed
something maybe more special to him in 2014
the "career circle" of the Golf Association of
Philadelphia. Having already won the GAP's
Junior, Amateur, and Mid-Amateur titles, Lutz
completed the circle with a win at the 2014
Senior Amateur. The Reading resident also won
the National Senior Hall-of-Fame and tied for
second at the Coleman Invitational.