PENDLETON, ORE. - Winners of the last five competitions, six total for the season from eight tournaments staged thus far, the Black Rock Creek senior squad walked away with top honors last week at Wildhorse Resort.
The Pendleton, Ore. golf course hosted the eighth stop on this year's Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour, and the Lower Yakima Valley Black Rock Creek team won by six strokes over its closest competitor.
Behind Gene McIntire's team-best, 6-over-par 78, Black Rock Creek tallied a tourney-low score of 746. The Walla Walla Veterans Golf Course squad placed second with an aggregate score of 752. Seven strokes back in third place, with a 759, was a combined squad from Canyon Lakes and Horn Rapids golf courses.
In addition to McIntire's 6-over-par round, Black Rock Creek got a net-67 (actual score minus handicap) from Pete Laverman. Both, McIntire and Laverman hail from Sunnyside.
Also shooting below his established handicap was Black Rock Creek's Max Wickham, who carded a net-70.
Four shots back of McIntire's 78 was teammate Mike Nichols with a 10-over-par 82. Akira Nozaka finished one stroke behind Nichols, posting an 83.
Mike Stegeman snared the only net skin from among the Black Rock Creek linksters last week, that coming on the 17th hole.
The next senior tour stop will be at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes course, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 20. Local golfers who wish to play in the tourney, which features an 8 a.m. shotgun start, are asked to sign up in the Black Rock Creek pro shop by Monday, Aug. 18.