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Stegeman, Larson powers seniors to first-place finish

PENDLETON, ORE. - The Sunnyside Black Rock Creek team maintained its grip on the 2009 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour points lead with a first-place finish last week at Wildhorse Resort.

The duo of Mike Stegeman and Norm Larson led the Lower Valley squad at Wildhorse. Stegeman claimed low net of field honors from among the 98 golfers, shooting nine strokes below his established handicap for a net-63 (actual score minus handicap). Larson had the third lowest net score that day, carding a handicap-aided 66.

Also scoring below their established handicaps were Black Rock Creek's John Fleming and Randy Boast with net scores of 68 and 69, respectively.

The actual low scorer for the Black Rock Creek team was Perry Barnhill. He posted a 7-over-par 79. Tying for second low round from among the Sunnyside-area golfers were Akira Nozaka and James Rogers with 10-over-par 82's.

In finishing first at the Wildhorse competition, Black Rock Creek edged the combined squad from Horn Rapids and Canyon Lakes golf courses by a single stroke, 726-727. Columbia Point Golf Course finished a distant third with an aggregate score of 746.

With just one competition remaining on this year's summer tour, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Tri-Cities Country Club, Black Rock Creek has mathematically eliminated all of the other teams from winning this year's title. Still up for grabs, however, is the second-place spot in the tour standings. Only two and a half points separate the Canyon Lakes/Horn Rapids and Sun Willows/Pendleton Country Club teams.

All Black Rock Creek seniors who want to compete in the final tour event of the season at the Tri-Cities Country Club on Oct. 1 are asked to sign up in the local pro shop no later than Monday, Sept. 28.

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