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Bender nabs skin at PGA pro-am

MOSES LAKE - Black Rock Creek head pro Jeff Bender may not have brought his 'A' game to last Monday's Central Washington PGA pro-am event, but it was good enough to earn him one of seven skins on the day.

Bender birdied the third hole at Moses Lake Golf & Country Club. He earned the skin because none of the other PGA professionals could score better than a par on the hole.

The Sunnyside golf course head pro finished one shot out of the money in the professional division at Monday's tourney. The May 24 competition was the seventh of 17 pro-am tournaments that comprise the McCurley Integrity Dealerships Pro-Am Series, and drew a field of 188 professional and amateur competitors. Bender finished his round with a two-over 73. Four golfers tied for top honors in the professional division with identical two-under 69's-Mike Kasch Jr. of Eagle View Golf Course, Ed Paine of Leavenworth Golf Course, Bill Porter of Moses Pointe Golf Club and Von Smith of Desert Canyon Resort.

The low amateur round posted Monday was also a 69, shot by Kirk Phillips on his home course.

The only Lower Yakima Valley amateur to cash at the tournament was Toppenish's Eric Monteith. A member of Mt. Adams Country Club, Monteith carded an 81 to tie for sixth place honors among amateur division #2 golfers. The amateur division #2 winner was Larry Milne of Leavenworth, who posted a 78.

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