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Black Rock Creek seniors maintain slim points lead over Pendleton, Ore. golfers

MATTAWA - Black Rock Creek's goal of winning a fourth consecutive Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour title isn't turning out to be a walk in the park.

Unlike the past three years, the Sunnyside-area team of 50+ aged golfers are getting a run for their money. Black Rock Creek's primary competition in 2010 is coming from the Pendleton Country Club squad.

At the most recent stop on this year's senior golf tour, last Wednesday at Desert Aire Golf Course, the Black Rock Creek team finished second behind the host Desert Aire squad. Pendleton slipped in with the third low team score last week, followed by fourth-place finishing Columbia Point and the Horn Rapids team in fifth.

By finishing one spot ahead of Pendleton at last week's competition, Black Rock Creek kept its grip on the senior tour points lead. The local golfers have totaled 57 points thus far this season, but the Pendleton Country Club team is right on Black Rock Creek's heels, sitting in second place with 55 points. Columbia Point is a distant third in the tour standings with 48 points.

In tallying the second low team score at the Desert Aire competition last week, a 726 compared to the host team's total of 704, Black Rock Creek was led by the trio of Tom Diener, Gene McIntire and Akira Nozaka. Diener finished with an 8-over-par 80, followed by an 81 from McIntire and Nozaka's 82.

Dennis Petrea also contributed mightily to Black Rock Creek's second-place finish last week. He turned in the third lowest net score from the entire field, shooting a handicap-aided, 7-under-par 65.

Also shooting below their established handicaps were Black Rock Creek's Norm Larson, Al Sandlin, Max Wickham and William Combs with net scores of 68, 69, 70 and 70, respectively.

The lone KP winner from the Sunnyside golf course team at the Desert Aire competition turned out to be Mike Stegeman. His tee shot on the par-3, 11th hole was closer to the cup than anyone else in the field could stick their ball. That drive netted him a $30 payout.

The next stop on the 2010 Columbia Basin Senior Golf Tour will be at Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course. Local seniors who plan to compete in the Thursday, June 10, competition are asked to sign up in the local pro shop no later than June 7.

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