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Black Rock Creek golfers tighten grip on points lead

Gene McIntire fired a sparkling, 5-over-par 77 on his home course last Thursday to lead the Black Rock Creek contingent to a top finish at the fifth stop on this year's Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour.

Hosting the June 19 competition, the Black Rock Creek seniors tallied a tourney-low team score of 743. A distant 30 strokes back, at 773, was the runner-up Desert Aire squad.

Last Thursday's first place finish upped Black Rock Creek's lead in the 2008 points standings to a tour-best 56.5 points. The combined Pendleton Country Club and Pasco Sun Willows squad is second in the standings with 49 points. Desert Aire, last week's tourney runners-up, sits in third with 47.5 points.

Black Rock Creek's seniors have won three of the five events this season, finishing second once and third in the other tourney.

Last week, McIntire bested the entire field with his glitzy 77. Four shots back, at 9-over-par 81, was teammate Phil Luther. Black Rock Creek's Akira Nozaka and Jim Noel added rounds of 85 and 87, respectively, for the winners.

On the net side (actual score minus handicap), Black Rock Creek's Max Wickham turned in the lowest round for the Lower Valley squad, a handicap-aided 67. By shooting five strokes below his established handicap, Wickham had the low net round from the entire field.

Also shooting below their USGA scoring averages were Black Rock Creek's Bernie Norton with a net-70, and Jim Angel and Ron Dobrauc with a pair of net-71's.

Randy Boast was the lone gross skin winner from Black Rock Creek last Thursday, carding a birdie on the par-4, 16th hole.

The next senior tour stop will be at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course, on Wednesday, July 9. Black Rock Creek seniors who want to compete in the 8 a.m. shotgun start that day are asked to sign up in the local pro shop by Monday, July 7.

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