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Black Rock Creek golfers chug along towards tour title

DESERT AIRE - The three-peat express just keeps rolling and rolling.

Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team, in search of a third straight Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour championship, tied for top honors at the eighth stop on this year's 12-event competition.

Black Rock Creek and the host Desert Aire squads shared top honors last Wednesday. Each team tallied a score of 706. The Columbia Point squad finished in third on the Desert Aire course with an aggregate score of 723.

Black Rock Creek now has a commanding lead in the 2009 tour standings with 77.5 team points. The combined Sun Willows/Pendleton Country Club squad sits in second with 63 points.

Powering Black Rock Creek to the first place tie at last Wednesday's competition were Tom Diener and Perry Barnhill. The two linksters turned in identical net rounds of 64 (actual score minus handicap). Also shooting below their established handicaps were Black Rock Creek's Norm Larson, Stan Davis and Mike Stegeman with net rounds of 65, 67 and 67, respectively.

The actual low scorer for the Sunnyside team on the par-72 Desert Aire course was Gene McIntire. He carded a 6-over-par 78. One shot back at 79 was teammate Akire Nozaka. Larry Kleingartner added a 12-over-par 84 for the Black Rock Creek squad.

Black Rock Creek's KP winners last Wednesday were Troy Monholland for his tee shot on No. 6 and John Fleming for his drive on No. 11. KP prizes were worth $25.66.

Snaring net skins in the Aug. 5 competition were Black Rock Creek's Max Wickham (hole #14) and Larson (hole #3). Each net skin was worth $30.80.

The ninth stop on this year's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour will be Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course. All Black Rock Creek senior golfers who want to compete that day are asked to sign up in the local pro shop no later than Monday, Aug. 17.

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