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Van Wingerden 6th at PGA pro-am

YAKIMA - Mike Van Wingerden of Sunnyside shot an even-par 72 to claim the sixth low amateur score at this past Monday's PGA pro-am.

The Monday, Aug. 1, competition, held at the Yakima Country Club, was hosted by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA and drew a field of 189 professional and amateur golfers.

Van Wingerden finished five shots back of Kirk Phillips of Moses Lake Golf & Country Club, who won top honors among the amateurs by carding a 5-under-par 67.

Phillips' 18-hole round actually bested the low professional round shot Monday, a 4-under-par 68 by The Links at Moses Pointe club pro Bill Porter.

Van Wingerden, besides placing sixth among amateur division #1 golfers, helped Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course squad to a seventh place finish in the team standings at Monday's pro-am. He, along with fellow amateurs David Stokes, Robbie Goins and Gene McIntire, as well as Black Rock Creek club pro Jeff Bender, shot an aggregate 195. The low scorers in the team competition was the Sun Tides Golf Course squad, which posted a 188.

The only other Lower Yakima Valley golfer to cash at Monday's pro-am was Toppenish Mt. Adams Country Club member Ben Comer. He tied for third in the amateur division #1 net scoring column. Comer shot a 2-over 74, but with his 6-handicap he netted a 68.

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