Gilchrist/West Capture Cravens Invitational

SAN GABRIEL, CALIF (May 16, 2011) -- John Gilchrist and Greg West of Santa Ana CC defeated the team of Dave Sheff and Mike Haney from Oakmont CC 2 and 1 to win the Cravens Invitational.

The Orange County duo reached the finals by defeating Mark Beccaria and Mark Safady of Wilshire CC 3&2 in the first round, Joe Lowden and Mike Mutschler of Glendora CC on the 23rd hole in the second round and Mark Marcus and Robert J Miller of Glendora CC in the third round.

Other Division winners included:
San Gabriel Flight: Ed Mace and Paul Deforest of San Gabriel CC
Mission Flight: Mark Dupont and Stephen Luchetta of Santa Ana CC
Padre Flight: John Havens, Jr. and Tom Kogler of Spanish HIlls G & CC
Live Oak Flight: Richard Lieber and William Turner of San Gabriel CC
Aliso Flight: Keith Kinsel and Justin Watson of Oakmont CC
Vistadores Dos Flight: Grant Russell and Stan Penwell of The Country Club at DC Ranch
Vistadores Flight: Jim Dwulet and Jim Eddy of the Palms GC
Los Robles Flight: Tony Peron and Greg Withers of San Gabriel CC
Amigos Flight Dan S. Minovich and Jeff Minovich of San Joaquin CC
Verde Flight: Rusell Olasen and Glenn Raynes of the Las Vegas CC
Hermosillo Flight: Bob Klemchick and Ron Short of Cameron Park CC
Peon Flight: Basil Christopolus and Scott Swimley of Claremont CC

ABOUT THE Cravens Invitational

The Cravens Invitational began in 1925 and has been played at San Gabriel Country Club since 1943. It annually attracts teams from all over the nation.

John Cravens, a Southern California sportsman, had the idea for the event when he saw two-ball foursome matches in Scotland. He staged the first tournament at the old Midwick Country Club in 1925. It was moved to San Gabriel Country Club in 1943 and has become an integral part of the golf program at San Gabriel.

The rules are simple - Each player must have a handicap under 13 (11.9 index) and be an amateur. The winners of each match are based on the net scores. It is a grueling event. To win the Championship, a team might have to play as many as 108 holes, counting a qualifying round.

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