There's nothing quite as comfortable as playing your home course. Just ask Gene McIntyre and Miles Plata.
The two Black Rock Creek Golf Course members scored first place finishes this past Monday at a PGA pro-am event staged, you guessed it, at their home course.
McIntyre shared first place honors in amateur division #2 with George Davis of Kennewick. Both men carded 8-over-par 80's at the Sunnyside course.
Plata shot an 87 to earn a three-way share of first for amateur division #3 golfers. Tying him were Doug Loree of Kennewick and Elmo Wise of Leavenworth.
Monday's tournament, the 10th of 26 events that comprise the 2005 Les Schwab Tire Centers Pro-Am Series sanctioned by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA, drew a field of 134 professional and amateur golfers. Normally, the one-day tournaments are open to all amateurs, but this past Monday's tourney only accepted golfers 50 years of age and older.
The low amateur rounds posted Monday were a pair of 1-under-par 71's, snared by former Black Rock Creek Golf Course member Russ Arbuckle and Jack Cochran of Kennewick.
Todd Gaines of Walla Walla Country Club shot the low professional round. He toured the Sunnyside course with a 3-under-par 69.
Black Rock Creek's club pro, Jeff Bender, finished tied for fifth in the professional division. He and Ed Paine of Leavenworth Golf Course each recorded a 3-over-par 75.
Two of the Black Rock Creek squads cashed in the team competition, placing second and third. The runner-up Sunnyside team was comprised of Bender, Bud Schatz, McIntyre, Greg Smith and Paul Warden. They shot a collective 195, finishing four strokes back of the first place team from Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club.
Individually, Scott Andrews of Black Rock Creek tied for third in the amateur division #2 net column (actual score minus handicap). He shot a handicap aided 70. Smith placed fourth in amateur division #2 by shooting an 82, and Schatz tied for fifth in amateur division #1 with a 76.