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Black Rock Creek senior golfers earn second place finish

DESERT AIRE - The Sunnyside Black Rock Creek team earned a second place finish at last week's stop on the 2007 Columbia Basin Senior Tour.

Competing at Desert Aire Golf Course, powered by Akira Nozaka's 6-over-par 78, the Black Rock Creek squad tallied a team score of 753. Only the host Desert Aire team scored lower, shooting an aggregate 709.

Last week's second place finish allowed the Sunnyside team to maintain its grip on the top spot in the 2007 points standings. Black Rock Creek is currently atop the 10-team senior tour standings with 44.5 points. Last year's champions, the Walla Walla Veterans Golf Course squad, is in second place with 39.5 points.

In addition to Nozaka's 78, Black Rock Creek got individual rounds of 82 and 87 from Gene McIntire and Perry Barnhill, respectively.

On the net side (actual score minus handicap), Black Rock Creek was led by Del Guthmiller and Ron Kroger, both of whom carded rounds three strokes below their scoring average. In addition to the two net 69's from Guthmiller and Kroger, Black Rock Creek's Stan Davis scored a net 70.

Picking up the lone gross skin of the day was Black Rock Creek's Mike Stegeman. He scored a birdie on the par-3 14th hole, which earned him a $194 cash payout.

Nozaka claimed KP honors on No. 14, good for a $32.33 payout.

The Black Rock Creek team will host the next senior tour competition, scheduled for Thursday, June 7, which will feature an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at the Sunnyside course. All local senior golfers who want to compete that day should contact Max Wickham (837-5642) for sign-up information.

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