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Black Rock Creek golfers fare well at pro-am

KENNEWICK - Two members of Black Rock Creek Golf Course earned first place individual finishes this past Monday at a pro-am tournament sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA.

Playing at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course, against a field of 186 professional and amateur golfers, both Mike Van Wingerden and Tom Diener scored top finishes.

Van Wingerden earned top honors in the amateur division #1 net scoring column. He shot six strokes below his scoring average, netting a handicap-aided 66. One of his Black Rock Creek teammates, Robbie Goins, tied for third place honors in the same flight, carding a handicap-aided 68.

Diener finished in a three-way tie for first place honors in the amateur division #2 net scoring column. He, along with Sam Knutson of Lakeview Golf & Country Club and Dan McKinnon of Walla Walla Country Club posted handicap-aided rounds of 67. Black Rock Creek's Les Bender was fourth in the same flight with a handicap-aided 69.

Also earning individual honors was Black Rock Creek's Marv Bonny, who tied for fifth place honors in amateur division #3. Bonny shot a 15-over 87. The winner of amateur division #3 was Norm Woods of Ellensburg Golf Course with a six-over 78.

The Black Rock Creek squad of PGA head pro Jeff Bender and amateurs Jack Kellum, Bonny, Goins and the older Bender finished in a three-way tie for top honors in the team competition at the PGA event. The local squad carded a team score of 190. A second team from the Sunnyside course finished in a two-way tie for seventh place honors in the team competition. The squad members included Dean Stokes, Pete Veliz, Diener and Van Wingerden.

Also cashing this past Monday was Sunnyside High School graduate Scott Galbraith, now the PGA head pro at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club. Galbraith tied for third in the professional net scoring column with a handicap-aided 69.

The low professional rounds posted Monday were a pair of 68's, claimed by Paul Cobleigh of Suntides Golf Course and Scott Johnson of Horn Rapids Golf Course. Erik Anderson of the host Canyon Lakes course shot the low amateur round on the day-a four-under 68.

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