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Black Rock Creek extends 2009 senior tour points lead

YAKIMA - With Perry Barnhill carding the low round for the squad, and teammate Max Wickham shooting four strokes below his established handicap, Black Rock Creek came away with top honors at last Wednesday's 2009 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour competition. The June 3 tourney was staged at Yakima's Apple Tree Golf Resort.

The first place finish last Wednesday keeps the Black Rock Creek team atop the 2009 senior tour points standings. The Lower Valley golfers now have 39 points. The combined Canyon Lakes/Horn Rapids team is sitting in second with 34 points. A combined squad from Pasco's Sun Willows Golf Course and the Pendleton Country Club are in third place in the standings with 31.5 points. Rounding out the top five places in the 2009 standings are Columbia Point with 27 points and Desert Aire with 25 points.

Last Wednesday at Apple Tree, Black Rock Creek compiled a team-low score of 760, eight shots better than the runner-up squad from Canyon Lakes/Horn Rapids (768). Desert Aire finished third in the competition with an aggregate score of 777.

Barnhill posted the low individual round for the Lower Valley Black Rock Creek team. He toured Apple Tree with an 11-over-par 83. Five shots back with an 88 was teammate Tom Diener, a single stroke better than teammate Bob Barker, who carded an 89.

It was Wickham, though, who found Apple Tree to his liking more than any of his Black Rock Creek teammates. He finished with a net-68 (actual score minus handicap), four strokes better than his scoring average.

Also recording scores below their established handicaps were Stan Davis, Marty Drollinger and Bernie Schutt. The Black Rock Creek trio each finished with a net-71.

Black Rock Creek's KP winner on the day was Bob Andrews. He was closest to the pin with his tee shot on the par-3, sixth hole. That earned him a $32.66 payout.

Diener claimed the only gross skin by a Black Rock Creek golfer, when he birdied the par-3, 16th hole. The payout for that feat tallied $49.

Picking up net skins from among the Black Rock Creek golfers last Wednesday were Barker, Bob Andrews and Eli Gonzales. Each of those skins was worth $49.

The next stop on the 2009 senior golf tour will be at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course, on Thursday, June 18. Golfers interested in representing their home course in the competition, which will feature an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, are asked to sign up in the local pro shop no later than Monday, June 15.

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