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Black Rock Creek team runners-up on 2006 senior tour

KENNEWICK - Despite a first place performance at the 2006 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour season ending tournament at the Tri-City Country Club, Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team finished two points back of the Walla Walla Veterans Golf Course team in the final standings.

Heading into the final tourney of the season the Sunnyside area golfers trailed the Walla Walla squad by three points in the season standings. Black Rock Creek earned the 10 first place team points at the Tri-City Country Club event, but with Walla Walla scoring a second place finish there, and accumulating the nine team points that went along with it, the Lower Valley 50-and-over golfers could only cut the gap on the tour leaders to two points.

The final season tally shows the Walla Walla team with 101.5 points, with Black Rock Creek finishing second with 99.5 points. The Columbia Point team from the Tri-Cities was a distant third in the season standings with 76.5 points. A total of 10 teams from 10 different golf courses in the Mid-Columbia region participated in this year's tour events.

Black Rock Creek's top performer in the final event of the season was Grandview's Bernie Norton. He toured the short, par-67 Tri-City Country Club course with a net 60 (actual score minus handicap). By shooting seven strokes under his scoring average, Norton had the third best net score of the day from the entire field.

The leaders for the Black Rock Creek crew on the gross side (actual score) included Akira Nozaka - 72, Larry Kleingartner - 77, and Terry Matthews - 77.

From a season standpoint, Nozaka was the high scorer for the Black Rock Creek team in 2006, tallying a team best 40 points. Gene McIntire (38) and Matthews (30) finished second and third, respectively, in collecting points for the Sunnyside area team. A total of 35 golfers represented the Black Rock Creek team at one time or another during this year's tour events.

Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour organizers will close out the 2006 season with an end-of-the-year meeting at Sun Willows Golf Course on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m. Black Rock Creek's Max Wickham said all local golfers are invited to attend the meeting, and those planning to be there should contact him (837-5642).

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