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Veliz second at PGA pro-am

RICHLAND - Black Rock Creek's Pete Veliz garnered a second place finish at last week's pro-am tournament sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA. The Monday, Sept. 13, tourney, staged at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course, drew a field of 168 professional and amateur golfers.

Veliz earned runner-up honors in amateur division #2 by carding an eight-over 80. Karen Graybeal of Pendleton Country Club won top honors in the flight with a three-over 75.

Several other Black Rock Creek Golf Course members cashed at the tourney, as well. They included Les Bender, fourth in the amateur division #2 net scoring column with a handicap-aided 70; Geoff Bowlsby, fifth in amateur division #3 with an 88; Scott Andrews, fourth in the amateur division #3 net scoring column with a handicap-aided 70; and Robbie Goins, sixth in amateur division #1 with an even-par 72.

The Black Rock Creek squad of PGA head pro Jeff Bender and amateurs Derek Wood, Goins, Bowlsby and Veliz also tied for fifth place honors in the team competition. The Sunnyside area team shot an aggregate 194, finishing nine strokes back of the winning team from Leavenworth Golf Course.

The low amateur rounds posted in the tourney were three 70's, claimed by Howard Crosby of Walla Walla Country Club, and by Kevin Landdeck and Nick Tommer of Lakeview Golf & Country Club.

Chris Isaacson of Tri-City Country Club, Ed Paine of Leavenworth Golf Course and Matt Mandell of Canyon Lakes Golf Course carded the low professional rounds. They each toured the 18-hole course with four-under 68's.

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