G/A started "Invitational" tournaments in 1981. We held 2-3 each year until
1993.  That year we joined the innaugural AMERICAN BACKGAMMON TOUR (ABT). Since
then we have hosted two ABT events each year: the LOS ANGELES OPEN in June and
the CALIFORNIA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in December. Below are listed the winners of 
the OPEN division, the MASTERS (Super-16 or -32) and the Paul Dingwell Amateur.

	HISTORY OF INVITATIONAL WINNERS
    As of:  DECEMBER 31, 2017

YEAR Inv'tnl OPEN-division SUPER-16/32 DINGWELL Amateur ***** ******* ******************** *************** *************** -1981 1st Jay Frydman -- -- -1982 2nd Dimitrios Kontopides -- -- -1982 3rd Faramarz Borna -- -- -1983 4th Gaby Horowitz -- -- -1983 5th Faramarz Borna -- -- -1983 6th Bijan Ashkan -- -- -1984 7th Steve Goldman -- -- -1984 8th Grigore Harutunian -- -- -1985 9th Mike Thunstrom -- -- -1985 10th Bahman Fathi -- -- -1986 11th Bob Glass -- -- -1986 12th Norm Wiggins -- -- -1987 13th Joe Russell -- -- -1987 14th Ron Bruns -- -- -1987 15th Elli Nache -- -- -1988 16th Sean Howard Neil Kazaross -- -1988 17th Peter Zacks -- -- -1988 18th Rageb Shadallah Ron Bruns -- -1989 19th Farzan Garmroodi Ray Fogerlund -- -1989 20th Bob Glass Dennis Rutkowski-- -1990 21st Neil Kazaross Frank Frigo -- -1990 22nd Steve Sax Joe Russell -- -1990 23rd Ray Baker Joe Russell -- -1991 24th Ebby Mossanen Odis Chenault -- -1991 25th Paul Gedigian Odis Chenault -- -1991 26th Gene Chait Farzan Farmroodi-- -1992 27th Al Demirjian Joe Russell -- -1992 28th Scott McKenzie Odis Chenault -- -1993 29th Woody Woodson Odis Chenault -- -1993 30th Joe Harris Steve Sax -- -1994 31st Dave Williams #1-Gus Contos, #2-John Rockwell -1994 32nd Rudy Citrom Harry Cohn -- -1995 33rd Odis Chenault #1-Kit Woolsey, #2-Mike Fujita -1995 34th Dave Williams Eliot Bean -- -1995 35th Joe Russell Odis Chenault -- -1996 36th Ernest Ho Blake Sorem -- -1996 37th Odis Chenault Dennis Rutkowski-- -1997 38th Doug Mayfield Ray Fogerlund -- -1997 39th Norm Wiggins Mike Thunstrom -- -1997 40th Steve Sax Norm Wiggins -- -1998 41st Doug Mayfield Dave Williams -- -1998 42nd Tom Zarrinnam Robert Wachtel -- -1999 43rd Jeff Burdsall Ron Bruns -- -1999 44th Odis Chenault Dorn Bishop -- -2000 45th Mike Ungerleider Norm Wiggins -- -2000 46th Mike Sharp Doug Mayfield -- -2001 47th Bob Wachtel John Gamalielson-- -2001 48th Sho Sengoku Doug Mayfield -- -2002 49th Ray Fogerlund Sho Sengoku -- -2002 50th Norm Wiggins Sho Sengoku -- -2003 51st Mike Ungerleider Steve Sax -- -2003 52nd Art Grater Steve Sax -- -2004 53rd Wayne Jeffcoat Doug Mayfield -- -2004 54th Jona Alexander Gregg Cattanach -- (CA ST CHMP) -2005 55th Jason Lee Chris Nanji -- (L.A.OPEN) -2005 56th Stepan Nuniyants Mark Antranikian-- (CA ST CHMP) -2006 57th Bob Glass Jason Lee -- (L.A.OPEN) -2006 58th Ken Fischer Zafer Yasa -- (CA ST CHMP) -2007 59th Bart Brooks Norm Wiggins -- (L.A.OPEN) -2007 60th Adrian Costa Dana Nazarian Saul Meir (CA ST CHMP) -2008 61st Ray Fogerlund Ray Fogerlund Ron Bruns (L.A.OPEN) -2008 62nd Hugh Sconyers Neil Kazaross Jim Slomkoski (CA ST CHMP) -2009 63rd Ray Fogerlund Dorn Bishop Jerry Jabagchourian (L.A.OPEN) -2009 64th Joe Russell Neil Kazaross Peter Zacks (CA ST CHMP) -2010 65th Richard Munitz Joe Russell #1-Doug DeWitte, #2-Ed Rosenblum(L.A.OPEN) -2010 66th Malcolm Davis Ralf Jonas #1-Ed Rosenblum, #2-Sam Ahmed (CA ST CHMP) -2011 67th Harvey Gillis Ed O'Laughlin(48) Alain Azoulay (L.A.OPEN) -2011 68th Todd Crosner Neil Kazaross(48) Carl Blumenstein (CA ST CHMP) -2012 69th Howard Markowitz Howard Markowitz(40) Damon Singer (L.A.OPEN) -2012 70th Steve Sax Victor Ashkenazi Christian Stoddard (CA ST CHMP) -2013 71st Ed O'Laughlin Stepan Nuniyants David Rennie (L.A.OPEN) -2013 72nd Ray Fogerlund Dana Nazarian Mario Savan (CA ST CHMP) -2014 73rd Ray Fogerlund Odis Chenault David Rennie (L.A.OPEN) -2014 74th Odis Chenault Norm Wiggins Carol Joy Cole (CA ST CHMP) -2015 75th Cliff Pappas Robert Wachtel Pete Mostoufi (L.A.OPEN) -2015 76th Al Hodis --6-way tie(42) John Isaac (CA ST CHMP) -2016 77th Paul Baraz Ed O'Laughlin Frank Ley (L.A.OPEN) -2016 78th Steve Sax Alexander Khandin Niel Borden / Sam Ahmed (CA ST CHMP) -2017 79th Steve Sax Justin Bor Davie Rennie / Mario Savan (CA ST CHMP)