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Columbia Point makes up ground on Black Rock Creek

TOPPENISH - Oh-oh! What started out as a runaway for the Black Rock Creek team has turned into a two-horse race.

The Sunnyside-area Black Rock Creek squad opened the 2011 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour with two first-place finishes and a runner-up performance. But at the fourth stop on this year's tour, staged last week at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club, Black Rock Creek could only manage a fourth-place finish.

The Columbia Point team from the Tri-Cities placed third in Toppenish, and now with nearly a third of the 2011 matches completed, the Sunnyside-area golfers only have a three-point lead over Columbia Point in the tour standings.

The host Mt. Adams squad claimed top honors last week, tallying a match-low team score of 727. The Pendleton Country Club finished second with a team score of 733, Columbia Point was third with 738 points and Black Rock Creek was a distant fourth with an aggregate score of 778.

The low individual round posted by Black Rock Creek on the Mt. Adams course was an 8-over-par 80, notched by Grandview's Tom Diener. Teammate Jim Leighty, a Prosser golfer, was five strokes back at 85.

Two of Black Rock Creek's linksters shot below their established handicaps in last week's competition. Mike Stegeman of Grandview carded a net-70 (actual score minus handicap), and Prosser's Nolan Murray posted a handicap-aided 71.

Sunnyside's Stan Davis claimed Black Rock Creek's lone KP of the day, good for a $25 gift certificate to Outback Steak House. Davis earned the prize for being closest to the pin with his tee shot on the par-3, 16th hole.

The next senior golf tour match will be hosted by Black Rock Creek Golf Course, and is scheduled for Thursday, June 9. Local golfers who intend on playing that day must sign up in the local pro shop no later than Monday, June 6.

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