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Schatz turns in low net round at PGA pro-am

PASCO - Bud Schatz of Sunnyside scored a first place finish at this past Monday's PGA pro-am tournament at Sun Willows Golf Course.

Schatz tied for low net honors in amateur division #1. He and Craig Cavanaugh of Canyon Lakes Golf Course both shot net 67's (actual score minus handicap). Schatz was representing Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course at the one-day tourney, sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA. A total of 161 professional and amateur golfers competed in the event.

The Sunnyside golfer wasn't the only Black Rock Creek golfer to cash at Monday's pro-am.

Black Rock Creek club pro Jeff Bender tied for third place honors in the professional division. He carded a three-under 69. The low professional rounds turned in were a pair of 68's, claimed by Matt Mandell of Canyon Lakes Golf Course and Ryan Smith of Moses Lake Golf and Country Club. Bender, with 84 points, is currently in fifth place in the Central Washington PGA pro-am series points standings. Scott Johnson of Horn Rapids Golf Course is the series leader with 127 points.

Also cashing on Monday was Black Rock Creek's Doug Rowell, the second place finisher in amateur division #2. He carded a five-over 77, two strokes back of the winner-Shane Hyatt of Ellensburg Golf Course.

Black Rock Creek's Mike Nichols tied for fourth place honors in the amateur division #2 net scoring column with a handicap-aided 70, and Randy Boast earned a sixth place finish in amateur division #3 by shooting an 87.

Also, the Black Rock Creek squad of Bender, Rowell, Nichols, Tom Diener and Pete Veliz earned runner-up honors in the team competition. The fivesome shot an aggregate 192, two strokes off the winning pace.

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