RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team of senior golfers earned a runner-up finish last Wednesday at the sixth stop on the 2009 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.
The July 8 competition was staged at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course.
Black Rock Creek, the two-time defending senior tour champions, are currently atop the 2009 points standings. The Lower Valley squad has amassed a total of 58 points through the six competitions staged thus far this summer. Canyon Lakes/Horn Rapids and Sun Willows/Pendleton Country Club are tied for second with 48 points apiece.
The Desert Aire team finished first last Wednesday at Columbia Point, tallying 717 strokes. Black Rock Creek was 15 strokes back with a 732 total to place second. Third through fifth place finishers at Columbia Point included Sun Willows/Pendleton Country Club (737), Columbia Point (738) and Canyon Lakes/Horn Rapids (762).
Perry Barnhill spearheaded Black Rock Creek's runner-up performance last week. He carded a 7-over-par 79 on the 6,555-yard municipal course.
Tom Diener and Larry O'Brian added rounds of 81 and 82, respectively, for the Black Rock Creek squad.
Four Black Rock Creek team members shot below their established handicaps at the July 8 competition. They included Eli Gonzales with a net-67, Dennis Petrea with a net-69, Al Sandlin with a net-69 and Bob Barker with a net-70.
KP winners from Black Rock Creek that day were Scott Andrews on No. 12 and Bernie Schutt on No. 17. Each KP was worth $32 in prize money.
Petrea picked up a gross skin on No. 7, worth $96 in earnings. He also won a net skin on the same hole, worth another $68. Also snaring a net skin was Dave Uggetti, that coming on hole number four, worth $68.
The next stop on the 2009 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour is the Moses Lake Country Club. That competition is slated for Tuesday, July 21. Black Rock Creek seniors interested in golfing that day are asked to sign up in the local pro shop by Friday, July 17, at noon.