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Nozaka leads Black Rock Creek to first-place finish at senior tour event

PENDLETON, ORE. - Two-for-two, that's what the Black Rock Creek team is on this year's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

The Lower Valley team claimed another first-place finish, the latest coming at a senior tour competition staged at the Pendleton Country Club. Black Rock Creek has won both of the 2011 events held thus far, and is seeking a fifth consecutive senior tour championship.

Leading the Lower Valley seniors to first place honors at the Pendleton competition was Akira Nozaka of Grandview. He toured the country club course with a 10-over-par 82. Teammate Gene McIntire was four strokes back with an 86.

The best net round (actual score minus handicap) turned in by a Black Rock Creek golfer that day was an even-par 72, claimed by Nolan Murray. No one else on the winning team shot below their established handicaps.

Team-wise, Black Rock Creek tallied an aggregate score of 796. The Columbia Point squad out of the Tri-Cities was a distant second with a team score of 817.

The lone gross skin claimed by a Lower Valley golfer in the April 29 competition came on the par-3, fourth hole. Rick Mitoff snared a birdie there. The skin was worth $57.

The next senior golf tour event is slated for next Wednesday, May 11, at Richland's Horn Rapids Golf Course. Local golfers who want to compete that day have until Monday, May 9, to sign up in the Black Rock Creek pro shop.

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