RICHLAND - Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team notched a second-place finish at last Wednesday's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour competition, staged at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course.
Led by Tom Diener of Grandview, who shot a team-best 5-over-par 77, Black Rock Creek tallied an aggregate score of 726. Only the host Columbia Point squad bested that total last Wednesday, shooting a 694.
Black Rock Creek, seeking a fourth consecutive senior tour title, is currently atop the 2010 points standings. The local squad of 50 and over golfers has amassed 101 points thus far this summer. The Pendleton Country Club team sits in second place in the standings with 95.5 points. Columbia Point, Desert Aire and Horn Rapids round out the top five with 89.5, 79.5 and 67.5 points, respectively.
Besides the 77 that Diener scored last Wednesday, the Black Rock Creek Golf Course team got a 10-over-par 82 from Perry Barnhill. Teammate Gene McIntire was two shots back of Barnhill with an 84.
In the net scoring column for Black Rock Creek (actual score minus handicap), Mark Drollinger shot furthest below his scoring average. He recorded a handicap-aided 66. Also posting rounds below their scoring averages were Black Rock Creek's Doug Hall with a net-67, and Jim Angel and Don Patteson with a pair of net-69's.
Black Rock Creek's lone skins winner on the day was Grandview's Akira Nozaka. He birdied the par-5, ninth hole, giving him a net score of 3 on the hole. That earned him a $44 payout.
The next Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour competition is scheduled for Tuesday, July 20, at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club. It will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Black Rock Creek seniors who want to play that day are asked to sign up in the local pro shop no later than Thursday, July 15.