MOSES LAKE - Seeking a fifth consecutive Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour title, Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team is finding the going a bit tougher than the last four years.
Granted, the Sunnyside-area squad is still atop the 2011 tour standings, but Black Rock Creek isn't running away from the rest of the teams as has been the case in the past.
At the most recent stop on the 2011 tour, last Wednesday at The Links at Moses Pointe, Black Rock Creek garnered a second-place finish from the 13-team field, which drew a total of 87 players. Columbia Point, second in the tour points standings this summer, won top honors at the Moses Lake-area course.
The Tri-Cities Columbia Point team now trails Black Rock Creek by just seven and a half points in the race for the 2011 championship.
In finishing second last week at Moses Pointe, Black Rock Creek was led by the duo of Rick Mitoff and Gene McIntire, each of whom carded a 10-over-par 82.
The Sunnyside-area team also was sparked to the runner-up finish by Wally Flores, Norm Larson and Stan Davis. All three golfers shot below their established handicaps. Flores, Larson and Davis shot handicap-aided net rounds of 67, 69 and 71, respectively.
In side games action, Black Rock Creek's Mike Stegeman came out the top winner by picking up a net skin on the third hole and claiming KP honors on No. 11. Stegeman earned nearly $60 in cash and prizes for his efforts. McIntire scooped up $28 in side games action by winning KP honors on the fifth hole.
With nine of the 14 tour stops now in the books, there are only five competitions remaining in the 2011 season. The next event, which features an 8 a.m. shotgun start, is slated for Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course. Local golfers have until Monday, Aug. 15, to sign up for the competition in the Black Rock Creek pro shop.