RICHLAND - Last week's stop on the Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour netted the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek team a fourth place finish.
Powered by James Noel, who carded a 77, the Sunnyside squad tallied a team score of 731. The host Columbia Point team won top honors with a tourney low score of 718 strokes.
The Desert Aire and Canyon Lakes teams finished second and third, respectively, with scores of 719 and 728.
Despite placing fourth last week, Black Rock Creek maintained its grip on the top spot in the 2007 senior golf tour standings. The Sunnyside golf course team leads the 10-team standings with 65.5 points. Desert Aire passed the Walla Walla Veterans Golf Course squad for the No. 2 spot, currently sitting five points behind Black Rock Creek with 60 points. Walla Walla, fifth place finishers at last week's tournament at Columbia Point, slipped to third in the standings with 58.5 points.
In addition to the 77 that Noel notched for the Black Rock Creek team last week, Larry Kleingartner shot an 80 and teammate Akira Nozaka fired an 81.
On the net side (actual score minus handicap) for the Sunnyside squad, Jim Angel and Gene McIntire posted handicap-aided rounds of 68. One shot back with handicap-aided 69's were Black Rock Creek team members Ron Kroger and Max Wickham.
Black Rock Creek's John Fleming picked up nearly $60 in bonus money at the June 20 tourney by collecting a net skin on hole No. 1 and by claiming KP honors on the par-3, 17th hole.
The Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour's next competition will be Tuesday, July 10, at Moses Lake Country Club. The first 20 Black Rock Creek players to pay their $45 entry fees will be entered into the tourney.