Westchester has been chosen as the starting point for the 2007 Working Man’s Triathlon Western Regional Qualifying Tournament.

The Working Man’s Triathlon consists of a round of golf, three games of bowling, and a double-elimination 8-ball tournament. The triathlon will be teeing up the three events Saturday, September 22nd.

The Working Man’s Triathlon, which was started in Santa Barbara 15 years ago, is now a national event, with regional tournaments across the U.S. and a national championship tournament in Las Vegas, according to organizers.

This will be the second straight year that Westchester has hosted the first leg of the Western Regional event. The top ten finishers from each regional will square off at the National Championships in Las Vegas November 3rd.

The brainchild of Westchester resident Tim O’Connor, the Working Man’s Tournament began as a joke.

“There were only 12 of us when we tried this back in 1992, but it was still very competitive,” he said. “We now average about 36 entrants a year in California and 24 entrants in the other cities.

“We chose Westchester Golf Club again this year because of their friendly service with our odd tournament,” said O’Connor.

Gabriel Rock of Westchester, who has won two straight national titles, is the current champion. Each year, the national champion’s name is engraved on the traveling trophy and the title holder keeps it for one year.

Rock narrowly defeated Mike Keeton, from Edmond, Oklahoma and Brian Tell from Culver City in last year’s national championships.

The rules for the triathlon are simple: no handicaps. Points are awarded based on the order of finish in each event. Lowest golf score, highest three-game pin total, and where the player is eliminated from the pool tournament determine who wins.

“Everybody has at least one weak event,” said O’Connor, who has won the event twice over the last 15 years. “Scratch golfers are a dime a dozen, but show me a 12 handicap that can win in bowling and pool, and I’ll show you a guy with a chance to take home the trophy.”

The venues (in order) for the Western Regional are:

golf — Westchester Golf Club, 6900 Manchester Ave., Westchester;

pool — Q’s Billiards, 11835 Wilshire Blvd., West Los Angeles; and

bowling — AM Bettor Lanes, 234 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica.

The entry fee is $190 per person, and includes fees for all events, prizes and a Working Man’s Triathlon T-shirt.

The proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica. The winner will receive the Western Regional Trophy for one year and $400.

Registration for entries is still open. Information on participating, Tim O’Connor, oconnor@ sbcglobal.net, (310) 210-7080, or www.wmt-usa/.com.

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