KENNEWICK - With four competitions remaining in 2011, it's turned into a two-horse race for top honors on the Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.
The Tri-Cities team from Columbia Point narrowed the gap on the Sunnyside Black Rock Creek squad by placing first at last week's stop at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course. Black Rock Creek, behind Columbia Point and second-place finishing Horn Rapids, settled for third-place honors at Canyon Lakes.
Black Rock Creek now enjoys just a five and a half point lead on Columbia Point in the 2011 tour standings. The Sunnyside-area team has accumulated 141 points through 10 competitions thus far this season, having placed first in four of them. Columbia Point sits in second place in the tour standings with 135.5 points. The team from the Pendleton Country Club is a distant third in the standings with 120.5 points.
In notching a third-place finish last week at the Canyon Lakes competition, Black Rock Creek got a 1-over-par 73 from Chris Indall. Indall's round was the second lowest score of the day from the 109-player field. All told, 13 teams from the Mid-Columbia area were represented at last week's contest.
Also shooting a sub-80 round from Black Rock Creek was Akira Nozaka. He fired a 4-over-par 76. Teammates Gene McIntire and Rick Mitoff added rounds of 80 and 83, respectively
In the net scoring column last week (actual score minus handicap), two Black Rock Creek golfers recorded rounds below their scoring averages. Mike Stegeman shot a handicap-aided 69 and Mark Drollinger posted a handicap-aided 71.
The next stop on the 2011 senior golf tour will be the Moses Lake Country Club, on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Black Rock Creek golfers who want to compete in the 9 a.m. shotgun start that day have until Friday, Aug. 26, to sign up in the local pro shop.