CHELAN - Jeff Bender, the club pro at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course, closed out the Central Washington PGA summer tour firing on all cylinders.
Competing in the Central Washington chapter of the PGA's final two events of 2006-the Mill Bay Casino Fall Fling in Chelan this past Monday and Tuesday-Bender topped the field both days.
Monday at Bear Mt. Ranch, Bender fired a 2-under-par 70 to win top honors in the professional division. The only other golfer to crack par that day was Canyon Lakes club pro Matt Mandell, who carded a 1-under 71.
However, Bender wasn't the only Black Rock Creek golfer who toured Bear Mt. Ranch in fine fashion. Grandview's Robbie Goins also earned a first place finish Monday, sharing top honors with two other golfers for the low amateur round. He, Brian Condon of the host Bear Mt. Ranch course and Gordon Corder of Moses Pointe Golf Club all posted 3-over-par 75's.
Tuesday at Lake Chelan Golf Course, Bender repeated his previous day's performance by notching the low round. He got around the 18-hole course with a 3-under 69, which earned him a tie for first in the professional division with Chris Isaacson of the Tri-City Country Club.
Condon, the amateur from Bear Mt. Ranch, remained hot as well. After sharing first place honors the first day with Goins and Corder, he turned in a repeat performance Tuesday and bested all the amateurs with a 1-under 71.
Black Rock Creek's Scott Davis also cashed in Tuesday's tourney. Davis tied for the top spot in the amateur division No. 1 net scoring column (actual score minus handicap). He shot a handicap-aided 68.