PASCO - Black Rock Creek, the two-time defending Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour champions, managed a second place finish last week at the 2009 season opener, staged at Pasco's Sun Willows Golf Course.
Powered by Prosser's Ray Shumway, the Lower Yakima Valley Black Rock Creek squad tallied a second-best 731 team score at Pasco. The host Sun Willows team won the inaugural event of 2009 with a team tally of 721. Finishing a distant third in the eight-team field last week, with an aggregate score of 756, was a crew from Columbia Point in Richland.
No one was more on top of their game at the 2009 senior tour opener than Shumway. The Prosser linkster collected low net of field honors, finishing with a net 65 by shooting seven strokes below his established handicap.
Also scoring under their handicap line were Black Rock Creek's Jim Angel with a net 67, Dennis Petrea with a net 68, Pete Laverman with a net 70 and Marty Drollinger with a net 71.
The gross leaders for the Lower Valley team (actual individual scores) included Grandview's Akira Nozaka with a 7-over-par 79, Don Patteson with an 82 and Gene McIntire with an 86.
The Columbia Basin's senior golfers return to the links this Thursday, April 30, at Walla Walla Veterans Golf Course for an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start.