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Indall, Wickham lead Black Rock Creek to runner-up finish at senior golf tour stop

RICHLAND - The Sunnyside Black Rock Creek squad, behind the play of Chris Indall and Max Wickham, notched a runner-up finish at last week's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour stop.

Staged at Richland's desert, target-style Horn Rapids course, Black Rock Creek tallied a team score of 762 for second-place honors. The host Horn Rapids squad won the competition with an aggregate score of 737.

In the three stops thus far on this year's senior tour, the Sunnyside-area team has won two of the competitions. Black Rock Creek, seeking a fifth consecutive senior tour title, currently sits atop the 2011 standings with 44 points. Columbia Point, third-place finishers at last week's competition at Horn Rapids, is second in this year's standings with 40 points.

The next scheduled Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour competition is at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club, slated for Tuesday, May 24. Black Rock Creek seniors who intend to compete that day are asked to sign up in the local pro shop by no later than this coming Friday, May 20.

In finishing second at the Horn Rapids competition last week, Black Rock Creek got a nifty 3-over-par 75 from Indall, who actually hails from the Tri-Cities but is a member of the Sunnyside-area team. Seven shots back of Indall, with a 10-over-par 82, was teammate Tom Diener of Grandview.

Wickham, a Sunnyside resident, turned in the lowest net score from among the Black Rock Creek contingent. He was the lone team member to shoot below his established scoring average, carding a handicap-aided 71.

The next lowest net scores from among the Black Rock Creek team were a pair of handicap-aided 73's, notched by Gene McIntire of Sunnyside and Akira Nozaka of Grandview.

None of the Lower Yakima Valley golfers picked up any gross or net skins on the day, although Indall did win KP honors on the par-3 sixth hole, worth $32.

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