ROSLYN - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek club pro Jeff Bender earned a fourth place finish this past Monday at a Central Washington chapter of the PGA pro-am tournament staged at Suncadia Resort, near Roslyn.
Bender fired an even-par 72 for the fourth low professional score of the one-day tourney. Jeff Gay, the assistant club pro at Suncadia, won the professional division with a 2-under-par 70. Ed Paine of Leavenworth Golf Course and Von Smith of Bear Mountain Resort tied for second place honors among the pros with 1-under 71's.
While Central Washington's club professionals enjoyed solid rounds at the tourney, it was the amateurs who tore up the course. Both, Jake Easterly of Highlander Golf Course and Jordon Madison of Pasco Golfland bested the low professional round. Easterly carded a 7-under-par 65, and Madison shot a 4-under 68.
Another amateur, Mike Van Wingerden of Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course, also had a noteworthy day. Van Wingerden posted a 4-over-par 76 to tie for the fifth low amateur round of the day.
A total of 263 professional and amateur golfers competed Monday at the tournament, which was the 11th of 26 pro-am events being sanctioned this summer by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA.
In the June 6 team competition at Suncadia Resort, which just opened to the public last year, the Black Rock Creek squad of Bender, Van Wingerden, Gene McIntire, Bud Schatz and Robbie Goins placed fourth with a team score of 201. There was a three-way tie for first place team honors, as three squads posted identical scores of 200.