WALLA WALLA - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek five-man squad is just one stroke off the pace for top honors in the team competition in the two-day March Madness Tournament.
Monday, competing at Walla Walla Country Club in the 2004 season opening pro-am series event sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the Professional Golfers Association, the Black Rock Creek team shot an aggregate 197. Only the Eagle View Golf Center team from Umatilla, Ore. is ahead of the Sunnyside-based squad.
The two-day tournament concludes today (Tuesday) at Canyon Lakes Golf Course in Kennewick.
The Sunnyside golf course team is made of up head pro Jeff Bender, and amateurs Bud Schatz, Derek Wood, Greg Smith and Geoff Bowlsby.
Wood, Smith and Bowlsby also find themselves among the leaders in the individual competitions.
Wood and Smith, entered in amateur division #2, finished second and third, respectively on the opening day of the two-day tournament. Wood carded an eight-over 80, and Smith was two shots back at 82. The division #2 leader was Al Fridlund of Canyon Lakes, who posted a 78.
Bowlsby finished the opening round of March Madness with a net 73 (actual score minus handicap). An amateur division #3 golfer, Bowlsby tied for second place net honors with J.R. Williams of Tri-City Country Club. The division #3 top finisher in the net scoring column was Buck Milbrandt of Moses Lake Golf & Country Club, who shot one stroke better than his scoring average and posted a 71.
Former Sunnyside High School golf coach Keith Crimp, who now plays for Ellensburg Golf Course, had the second low amateur round of the day. Crimp shot an even-par 72. The lone amateur to best Crimp was Jim O'Rourke of Manito Country Club, who finished with a two-under 70.
The best round carded by a professional yesterday was a three-under 69, shot by Lisa Hyland on her home course. Mike Kasch Jr. of Eagle View Golf Center had the second lowest round by a professional, firing a one-under 71.