MOSES LAKE - The race is on, it appears, for the top spot in the 2007 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour points standings.
In what's shaping up to be a two-horse race, Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek golfers and the linksters from Mattawa's Desert Aire course are pulling away from the rest of the 10-team field.
At the most recent senior golf tour competition, staged at Moses Lake Country Club, Desert Aire claimed top honors by tallying a team low 755 strokes. Black Rock Creek was a distant second with a team score of 791.
The victory pulled the Desert Aire squad to within four and a half points of Black Rock Creek, which has had the points lead from the outset of the summer tour. Officially, the Sunnyside area team is atop the standings with 76.5 points, Desert Aire is second with 72 points and the defending champion Walla Walla Veterans Golf Course team is third with 68.5 points. Also still in the hunt with 65 points to win the 2007 senior tour title is a combined Tri-Cities squad from Canyon Lakes, Horn Rapids and Columbia Point golf courses. The other six teams that regularly compete on the Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour all have accumulated less than 50 points.
Spearheading Black Rock Creek's second place charge at the Moses Lake Country Club tournament last week were Gene McIntire and Akira Nozaka. McIntire fired a team low round of 82, with Nozaka four strokes back with an 86. Teammate Doug Veach had the third low round for the Sunnyside team, carding a 92.
On the net side of the Moses Lake tourney (actual score minus handicap), Perry Barnhill turned in the low score for Black Rock Creek. He shot a handicap-aided 72. Also for Black Rock Creek, Marty Drollinger, Lindyn Andreasen and Mike Stegeman turned in net scores of 74, 76 and 77, respectively.
The next senior tour event is slated for Wednesday, July 25, at Wildhorse Golf Resort near Pendleton, Ore. Senior golfers who want to compete that day for the Black Rock Creek team are asked to turn in their $45 entry fees to Max Wickham by Monday, July 23.