KENNEWICK - A streak of five consecutive victories on the 2008 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour came to an end this past Wednesday for the Black Rock Creek team.
The Sunnyside-area squad settled for a runner-up finish at the ninth stop on this year's tour, staged this past Wednesday at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course. The host Canyon Lakes team, which includes linksters from Richland's Horn Rapids course, won the Aug. 20 competition with a tourney-low 709 strokes. Black Rock Creek finished second with a team score of 743 strokes.
The low scorer for the Lower Yakima Valley squad on Wednesday was Jim Noel, who carded a 5-over-par 77. Three shots back of Noel at 8-over 80 was teammate Akira Nozaka. Black Rock Creek's Perry Barnhill was credited with the third low score, finishing with an 84.
Three Black Rock Creek golfers toured the Canyon Lakes course shooting below their established handicaps. Carding a net 69 (actual score minus handicap) was Gene McIntire. Also under par were Larry Kleingartner and Max Wickham with net-71's.
Pete Laverman snared the only net skin on Wednesday from among the Black Rock Creek golfers, that coming on the par-3, 12th hole. Laverman's tee shot on No. 12 also won him KP honors. Together, the two honors netted him $94 in prize money.
Through nine stops on this year's senior tour, the Black Rock Creek team sits atop the leaderboard with 103.5 points. Mattawa's Desert Aire squad is in second place with 84.5 points, with the Canyon Lakes team a half point back in third place.
The next senior tour competition is slated for Friday, Sept. 5, at the Pendleton Country Club. Those Black Rock Creek seniors who want to compete that day are asked to sign up in the local pro shop no later than Monday, Sept. 1.