YAKIMA - With Chris Indall shooting an even-par 72 and Miles Plata notching a round seven strokes below his scoring average, Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek earned a second-place finish last week on the sixth stop of the 2011 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.
A total of 144 players representing 13 teams competed at Yakima's Apple Tree Golf Resort last week. The Sunnyside squad tallied an aggregate score of 726 for its runner-up finish at the senior tour competition. The Pendleton Country Club team claimed top honors with a match-low score of 705. Columbia Point from the Tri-Cities and Desert Aire from Wahluke placed third and fourth, respectively, with team scores of 751 and 762.
Black Rock Creek's second-place finish at Apple Tree enabled the Sunnyside-area team to maintain its grip on the 2011 senior golf tour points lead. The local team, seeking a fifth consecutive senior golf tour title, sits atop this summer's standings with 85 points. Columbia Point is in second place in the standings with 78.5 points. The Pendleton club has the No. 3 spot in the standings nailed down with 73.5 points.
Besides the even-par 72 that Indall shot for Black Rock Creek last week, which was the second lowest individual round on the day from the 144-player field, the Lower Valley team received a solid 10-over-par 82 from Tom Diener, as well as a pair of 85's from Randy Boast and Don Cardenas.
Plata's round of 4-over-par 76, when factoring in his 11 handicap, gave the Black Rock Creek golfer the low net round on the day, a 65.
Also shooting below their established handicaps were Black Rock Creek's Alan Sandlin and Doug Veach, who recorded handicap-aided rounds of 68 and 70, respectively.
Net skins winners for the Sunnyside-area team at Apple Tree Golf Resort were Dennis Petrea on No. 1 and Dave Uggetti on No. 14, both of whom recorded a handicap-aided 2 on their respective holes. Each golfer collected $32 for their skin.
Max Wickham was Black Rock Creek's KP winner on the day for his tee shot on Apple Tree's signature, par-3 apple-shaped island green. The payout for being closest to the cup with his tee shot earned Wickham $42.
The next senior golf tour competition is slated for Wednesday, July 6, at Columbia Point. All Black Rock Creek seniors, at least 50 years of age, are asked to sign up in the local pro shop no later than Monday, July 4.