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Hutchins, Alcala 'Triple Threat' golf tourney winners

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Miguel Puente chips his ball onto the second green during Triple Threat tourney play this past Sunday. He and playing partner Juan Guerrero carded a bogey on the par-3 hole. Overall for the tourney, Puente and Guerrero snared a second place finish.

Winning by the narrowest of margins, Gary Hutchins and Louis Alcala bested an 18-team field at this year's Triple Threat Golf Tournament, staged this past Sunday at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Hutchins and Alcala marched around the par-72 course with a five-under 67. That was one shot better than the three two-man teams who shot a 68 for runner-up honors.

As tradition dictates, the Triple Threat competition opened with six holes of best ball play. Hutchins and Alcala birdied holes three and four to finish that segment of the tourney two-under.

The second six holes of play was Chapman play. Again, the eventual winners went two-under, snaring birdies on holes eight and nine.

Finishing up the final six holes of play in a scramble format, normally where teams score the best, Hutchins and Alcala managed just one tweeter to end up one-under for that portion of the tourney. Still, it was enough for the duo to hang on and win by a single stroke over the three runners-up.

The second-place finishers, at 4-under-par 68, included Tony Villanueva/Joel Stebin, Josh Williams/Rodger Simmins and Miguel Puente/Juan Guerrero.

Villanueva/Stebin and Williams/Simmins made up the most ground in scramble play, each squad going three-under for that six-hole stretch. Puente/Guerrero was one-under in best ball, one-under in Chapman and two-under in scramble.

On the net side of the tourney (actual score minus handicap), there was a two-way tie between the teams of Paul Stonemetz/Todd Lenseigne and Jason Eberle/Kino Arambul.

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