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Bianchini/Simson lead at the Crane Cup Invitational
27 Jan 2012
by Mike Stubbs of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Floridian, Paul Simson Rankings, Paul Simson Profile

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PALM CITY, Fla (Jan. 27, 2012) -- Matt Bianchini of Naples fired a first round 2-under-par 70 to lead the Mid-Am division of the Crane Cup invitational being held at the Floridian Golf Club. Ken Watford of Franklin, Tenn is a stroke back with 71 while San Pierce from Houston, Tx and Steve Harwell are tied for third with opening rounds of 72.

In the Senior division Paul Simson finds himself in familiar territory. The Raleigh, NC resident carded a first round 72 and leads by two strokes over Buzz Peel from Delray Beach, Fl. and Hunter Nelson from Houston, Tx.

This is the inaugural 54-hole scratch stroke play event with Mid-Am 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 already attracted a strong field of committed players for this invitational tournament

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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Results For Crane Cup Invitational Golf Tournament
1CARobert FunkCanyon Lake, CA30075-68-73--216
T2MAMatt BianchiniMA20070-73-74--217
T2GAJohn EnglerAugusta, GA20075-67-75--217
T4NCSteve HarwellMooresville, NC10072-70-76--218
T4TNKevin WatfordFranklin, TN10071-73-74--218

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