MOSES LAKE - A first-place finish at the Moses Lake Country Club last week nearly cements a third straight senior golf tour championship for the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek team.
The Lower Valley linksters, powered by 14-handicapper Perry Barnhill's round of 78, blew away the competition at Moses Lake with a team tally of 750. The next closest finisher was the Columbia Point squad, which had an aggregate score of 793.
Black Rock Creek is atop the 2009 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour standings with 68 points. The Sun Willows/Pendleton Country Club team is a distant second in the standings with 56 points.
In claiming top honors at last week's stop on the senior golf tour, the seventh of 12 competitions this summer, Black Rock Creek was paced by Barnhill. Carrying a handicap of 14, he toured the Moses Lake course with a 6-over-par 78. His net score (actual round minus handicap) of 64 was low among all 72 competitors.
Also shooting below their established handicaps were Black Rock Creek's Norm Larson, Eli Gonzalez, Dwight Atkinson and Bernie Schutt with handicap-aided rounds of 68, 69, 70 and 71, respectively.
The four low gross rounds (actual scores) turned in for Black Rock Creek were Barnhill's 78, an 84 by Gene McIntire, an 85 by Akira Nozaka and an 87 shot by Wally Flores.
KP winners on the day for the Black Rock Creek squad included Troy Monholland for his tee shot on No. 8 and Lindyn Andreasen on No. 11. Each of the KP prizes totaled $20.66.
Desert Aire Golf Course is the site of the next senior tour competition, slated for Wednesday, Aug. 5. All Black Rock Creek golfers who want to play that day are asked to sign up in the local pro shop no later than Aug. 3.