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Van Wingerden fourth at PGA pro-am tourney

RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Mike Van Wingerden earned a fourth place finish this past Monday at a PGA pro-am tournament staged at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course.

Van Wingerden carded the fourth lowest amateur round on the par-72 course, shooting a 1-under 71. Jess Vanchoiack of Meadow Springs Country Club won the amateur title by posting a 5-under-par 67.

A total of 179 professional and amateur golfers competed in the Sept. 12 event, sponsored by the Central Washington chapter of the PGA.

Van Wingerden was competing for the Toppenish Mt. Adams Country Club's No. 2 team.

A fellow Sunnyside area golfer, Robbie Goins, golfed on the West Richland Golf Course team at Monday's pro-am. Goins' squad earned the sixth place money in the team competition by shooting an aggregate 190, which was nine strokes off the winning pace set by Mt. Adams' No. 1 team. Goins, too, tied for amateur division #1 low net honors (actual score minus handicap) by shooting six strokes below his scoring average.

The low professional round on Monday was claimed by Mike Schoner of Lakeview Golf & Country Club. Schoner shot a 10-under-par 62, which is a new course record at Columbia Point.

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