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Monday, July 22, 2002

Carrillos claim K of C tourney top flight's title

It took extra time to figure out the winners at the Knight's of Columbus' Jaime Rodriguez Memorial Golf Tournament on Sunday, and some extra explanation to straighten out the top of the board in the morning's flight, following the final round of play on Sunday.

Mike and Joe Carrillo won the Championship Flight of the tournament by three strokes over Craig Davis and Tim Windham, while Michael and Ruben Baca Sr. won a four-way playoff for third place. In the First Flight, three teams tied for the top spot, and Angel Nabarrette and Sam Silvas ended up winning after a playoff that lasted six holes, with John Morrow and Jimbo Martinez coming in second and Mike and Carla Claburn third.

But it was the Second flight that caused the confusion, after the teams of Starkey Warren and Jerry Patterson, Jerry Ornelas and Mike Ortiz, and George Dominguez and Archie Roman finished their 36-holes of play tied with 148 scores.

Based on a scorecard playoff, Dominguez and Roman were awarded first, Warren and Patterson second and Ornelas and Ortiz third. But after another rule was invoked, Warren and Patterson ended up winning the title, while the other two teams were disqualified.

Warren and Patterson shot a 76 on Saturday and a 72 on Sunday, while Ornelas and Ortiz and Dominguez and Roman both shot 77-71-148s. However, tournament director Paul Hinojos explained that under the "card draw" system used to prevent sandbagging in the two-day tournament, teams were only allowed to cut their scores by whatever the difference between their score and the leaders was on Saturday, plus the card drawn, which would be a number between four and seven.

A four ended up being drawn, meaning the other two teams could only cut their scores by that number plus the one-stroke difference between the teams from Saturday. Since both those teams lowered their scores by six strokes, they were disqualified.

"The Odessa guys (in the tournament) said the rules said you have to go by the card," said Hinojos. "What could I do? I had to go by the rules."

"You should be able to catch the leaders," he said, but since Warren and Patterson cut their Sunday score by the same total as drawn on the card, it was impossible.

Tom Aguilar and Ray Evaro, who shot a 76-74-150, ended up winning second place, while Kenny Mac and Scott Staler shot an 84-75-159 to win third. Hinojos said Ornelas and Ortega and Dominguez and Roman had their entry fees refunded due to the controversy.

In the First Flight, the Claburns were eliminated following the first playoff hole, while Nabarrette and Silvas didn't win first place until five holes later. All three teams shot rounds of 73-71-144 over the 36 holes of regulation.

In the Championship Flight, the Carrillos shot a 66-69-135 to win, while Windham and Davis shot 69-69-138 for second. The Bacas (69-71-140) won third place on the second playoff hole over the team of John Cook and Jason Abila (68-72-140), after the teams of Michael Benavides and Ken Winkles (69-71-140) and Betsy Sikes and Tina Hendrick (71-69-140) were eliminated following the first playoff hole.

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