Lower Valley linksters best the competition at senior golf tour stop

MOSES LAKE - The Black Rock Creek team was back at it again this past Tuesday, scoring another victory on this year's Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour.

Playing at the Moses Lake Country Club, riding the tourney-low 4-over-par 76 of Grandview's Akira Nozaka, Black Rock Creek claimed top honors from among the eight-team field. The Lower Valley squad compiled a tournament best score of 778, 23 strokes better than the runner-up Desert Aire team.

Black Rock Creek has won five of the seven competitions staged thus far in 2008, including the last four stops on the senior tour. The defending tour champions, the Lower Valley linksters currently sit atop the points standings with 80.5 points. Desert Aire is a distant second in the race for the 2008 tour crown with 68.5 points.

Nozaka fired a 76 on Tuesday to post the lowest individual round of all the 73 golfers competing in the tourney.

Five shots back of Nozaka was teammate Gene McIntire, who carded an 11-over-par 83. Tying for third low score from the Black Rock Creek contingent were Perry Barnhill and Loran Hancock with identical 88's.

On the net side of the scoring table (actual score minus handicap), none of the Black Rock Creek golfers shot below their established handicaps. The low net scores were a trio of 3-over-par 75's, claimed by Doug Veach, Eli Gonzales and Troy Monholland. Black Rock Creek teammate Stan Davis was one shot back with a net-76.

In Tuesday's gross skins contest for the Black Rock Creek team, Jim Angel snared a skin on the first hole and Veach picked one up on No. 10.

Net skin winners included Angel on No. 11 and Hancock on No. 16.

Black Rock Creek's KP winner for the day was Rudy Slupski, who fired his tee shot closest to the pin on the designated hole, the par-3 11th.

The next stop on the Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour will be at Wildhorse Resort, scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 6. Lower Valley golfers who intend to compete that day are asked to sign up in the Black Rock Creek pro shop by Monday, Aug. 4.


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