RICHLAND - Black Rock Creek's Chris Indall and Akira Nozaka turned in the two lowest rounds from a 132-player field to lead the Lower Yakima Valley team to a first-place finish at the seventh stop on the 2011 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.
Competing at Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course last week, the Sunnyside-area squad finished 21 strokes lower than the next closest finisher, the host Columbia Point team. Black Rock Creek tallied an aggregate score of 686, Columbia Point was second with a team score of 707 and the Pendleton Country Club was a distant third with a 729.
Indall, a regular at Meadow Springs Country Club in the Tri-Cities but a member of the Black Rock Creek team, torched the 5,418-yard layout by carding a 6-under-par 66. Nozaka, who hails from Grandview, toured the picturesque course along the Columbia River with an even-par 72.
Black Rock Creek also received three heady rounds from Bob Barker, Jim Leighty and Tom Diener, who shot 81, 82 and 83, respectively.
Besides claiming the two low individual rounds on the day, Black Rock Creek also posted the two lowest net rounds from the 132-player field (actual score minus handicap). Max Wickham, a 19-handicapper, scored an 81, giving him a net score of 62. Black Rock Creek teammate John Fleming, a 33-handicapper, got around the shorter-style course with a 96, which resulted in him posting a net score of 63.
Also shooting below their established scoring averages were Black Rock Creek's Mark Drollinger, Norm Larson, Ely Gonzalez and Randy Boast, who had handicap-aided rounds of 66, 69, 69 and 70, respectively.
Last week's team victory at Columbia Point, the fourth for Black Rock Creek in seven competitions thus far this summer, keeps the Sunnyside-area squad atop the 2011 senior tour points standings. Black Rock Creek is seeking a fifth consecutive senior tour title.
In last week's skins game at the Columbia Point tourney, two Black Rock Creek golfers each earned a $118 pay day. Indall birdied the par-4, 10th hole for his gross skin. Drollinger picked up a net skin on the par-4, 11th hole by notching a handicap-aided 1.
The next senior golf tour competition is slated for Wednesday, July 20, at Mattawa's Desert Aire Golf Course. The tourney will feature a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Black Rock Creek golfers have until noon on Monday, July 18, to sign up for the competition in the local pro shop.