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Bender third at PGA pro-am

SELAH - Black Rock Creek Golf Course head pro Jeff Bender tied for third place honors in the pro division at this past Monday's Central Washington PGA chapter pro-am series event, staged at the Yakima Elks Golf & Country Club.

Bender posted an even-par 71. Von Smith of Desert Canyon Resort bested the professional golfers by shooting a three-under 68.

The low amateur round posted Monday was a six-under 65, shot by Greg LaVoie of Eagle View Golf Course.

Black Rock Creek's Souta Nozaka, who hails from Grandview and is a member of the Gonzaga men's golf team, had the second low amateur round Monday. Nozaka carded a one-under 70. Former Sunnyside High School golf coach Keith Crimp, representing the Ellensburg Golf Course, had the fourth low amateur round-an even-par 71.

David Stokes of Sunnyside claimed first place net honors (actual score minus handicap) at the one-day tourney. An amateur division #1 golfer, Stokes netted a 64. He also was the KP winner for amateur division #1 golfers.

Black Rock Creek's Kelly Hector tied for fourth low net honors among amateur division #2 golfers. He netted a 72.

The only other Lower Yakima Valley golfer to cash at Monday's PGA pro-am was Mike Barnick of Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club. Barnick tied for third place honors in amateur division #2 by shooting an 82. The low round in that division was an 80, claimed by Robbie Hendrickson of Three Lakes Golf Course.

Monday's field totaled 207 professional and amateur golfers.

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