TOPPENISH - Black Rock Creek club pro Jeff Bender, as well as four amateurs from the Sunnyside course, stole the show this past Monday at a PGA pro-am event staged at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club.
Paced by Bender's 3-under-par 69, which earned him top honors in the professional division, the Black Rock Creek squad placed first in the team standings. Bender teamed with amateurs David Stokes, Perry Uchida, Miles Plata and Miguel Puente for a 189, one stroke better than the runners-up in the team competition.
The Monday, June 27, tourney was the 14th of 26 pro-am events being sanctioned this summer by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA. A total of 104 professional and amateur golfers competed.
In winning the professional division, Bender edged Todd Gaines of Walla Walla Country Club and Matt Mandell of Canyon Lakes Golf Course by a single stroke.
The low amateur round shot Monday was a 2-under 70, carded by Troy Wilmoth of the host Mt. Adams course. Former Black Rock Creek Golf Course member Russ Arbuckle tied for the third low amateur score with a 2-over 74.
Derek Wood, a member of Black Rock Creek's No. 2 squad, posted the low score for amateur division #2 golfers. Wood carded a 4-over 76. Plata finished in a three-way tie for second among amateur division #3 golfers by shooting an 85.
The one other Black Rock Creek golfer to cash Monday was Tom Diener, who placed third in the net column (actual score minus handicap) for amateur division #2 golfers. Diener posted a handicap-aided 68.
The low net round shot in the tournament was a handicap-aided 64, claimed by Leonard Rabanal of the host Mt. Adams course.