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Briggs Duce claims third Sierra Vista Open

SIERRA VISTA — Records are made to be broken and the Sierra Vista Open isn’t an exception.

Jack Isler, vice president for the Huachucans, said more than 90 golfers participated in this past weekend’s charity golf tournament scramble and Sierra Vista Open golf tournament which brought in more money for kids in the county.

“It was a much higher turnout than usual,” he told the Herald/Review. “It’s a collective effort by our sponsors, our committees and our golfers who continuously participate in the open.

“We had a three-prong attack this year: One, Jeff Pehl, Ray Mehling and Tom Giuffrida went and asked golfers to participate. Two, we had new sponsors. Three, golfers that participate in the Sierra Vista Open recruited their peers from other places like Phoenix and Tucson to play.”

Briggs Duce, a 2016 Buena graduate and current member of the University of Arizona’s men’s golf team, claimed his third consecutive Sierra Vista Open championship. His score of 143 won him the gross tournament and was seven strokes ahead of the second-place finisher.

“The first time I played this tournament, I didn’t play very well, so winning one seemed distant,” Duce said. “But after winning the first one, I got a taste of what it takes to win.”

Duce first started playing in the open six years ago when he was a student-athlete at Buena High School. Now, the tournament serves as a homecoming after traveling to courses all over the country as a Wildcat. He admits besides being able to golf he really enjoys the fun atmosphere of the open.

“It’s something I tell my teammates about,” Duce said. “Growing up playing at PDS, there’s so many good memories, so it’s always fun to come back.”

Pehl took home the trophy for the net tournament after posting a six-shot comeback to take the lead from Mike Berveiller. He finished the tournament with a two-day total of 130.

— Alexis Ramanjulu

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