Tuesday, October 11, 2011
KENNEWICK - Five and counting...for the Black Rock Creek Golf Course senior contingent.
The Sunnyside-area team wrapped up its fifth consecutive Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour title last week. The final standings for 2011 showed Black Rock Creek atop the leader board with 182 points.
The Columbia Point Golf Course team from the Tri-Cities, thanks to a top finish at the last event of the year staged last week at the Tri-Cities Country Club, finished just three and a half points back of Black Rock Creek for runner-up honors.
None of the 11 other teams that compete regularly on the senior tour were closer than 25 points to Black Rock Creek's final tally in the standings.
In wrapping up the 2011 season at the Tri-Cities Country Club last Wednesday, the 13th and final stop on this year's tour, the Sunnyside-area team managed a third-place finish in the competition. Columbia Point was the low-scoring team in the event with an aggregate score of 666. The Pendleton Country Club squad placed second, just one stroke back of the event winners with a 667. Black Rock Creek managed third-place honors on the par-65 course, tallying a team score for the day of 687.
Leading Black Rock Creek to its third-place finish at last week's event, which drew 103 players representing 13 different teams, was Chris Indall. He toured the tightly framed, short track with a 3-over-par 68. Five shots back of him was teammate Akira Nozaka, who posted an 8-over-par 73. The Sunnyside team also got a solid round of 77 from Gene McIntire.
In the net scoring column (actual score minus handicap), only two Black Rock Creek players shot below their established handicaps. Both, Bob Barker and Mike Stegeman posted handicap-aided rounds of 64.
Gross skins in last week's competition were claimed by Nozaka and Black Rock Creek teammate Jim Leighty. Nozaka posted a 2 on hole 15, and Leighty carded a 3 on hole 17. Each skin was worth a payout of $37. Sunnyside's Stan Davis also walked away with a pay day of $31 for nabbing KP honors on the par-3 hole designated for golfers with handicaps ranging from 12 to 17.
In winning a fifth straight senior golf tour championship, Black Rock Creek won five of the 13 competitions this year. The local squad nabbed four runner-up finishes, placed third in the events three times and in the one other competition settled for a fourth-place finish, that coming at Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club.