RICHLAND - High winds, blowing dust and driving rain can't keep the mailman away. Likewise, those blustery weather conditions weren't enough yesterday to keep Robbie Goins from cashing at a PGA pro-am event staged at Richland's Horn Rapids Golf Course.
A member of Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course squad, Goins battled the aforementioned weather conditions and carved out a third place finish in amateur division #1. He carded a 10-over 82, finishing just three strokes back of the low amateur round posted Monday-a 79 claimed by Hank Chafin of Sun Willows Golf Course. Ellensburg's Dan Whitaker was the runner-up among the amateurs, shooting an 81. Goins and Jack Eskildsen of Desert Aire Golf & Country Club tied for third place honors with identical 82's. Black Rock Creek's Bob Hall tied for fifth place honors with Willie McIntyre of Pasco Golfland. Both posted an 83.
The one other amateur from Black Rock Creek to cash at yesterday's pro-am event was Derik Wood. An amateur division #2 competitor, Wood tied for fifth place honors with a 92. The lowest round shot by an amateur division #2 competitor yesterday was an 81, posted by Bill Saraceno of Tri-City Country Club.
The miserable golf conditions also hampered the pros from scoring well yesterday. The low professional round was a 4-over 76, claimed by Matt Mandell of Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course. Black Rock Creek club pro Jeff Bender settled for a fifth place finish in the professional division with an 8-over 80.
The March 28 tourney, the second of 26 pro-am events being sponsored this year by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA, drew a field of 124 amateur and professional golfers. During the 2005 series, approximately a quarter of a million dollars in prizes and purses will be distributed.