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Nozaka low net scorer at senior golf tour event

MOSES LAKE - Grandview's Akira Nozaka turned in the lowest net round of the day (actual score minus handicap) at last week's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour event, staged at the Moses Lake Golf & Country Club.

Nozaka, who's currently carrying a handicap of 5, shot a 3-over-par 74 last week. His net score of 69 was the lowest net round from among the 63 golfers who competed.

Nozaka's 18-hole round also served as the catalyst for the local Black Rock Creek team to claim top honors at the senior tour competition. The Lower Yakima Valley squad shot an aggregate score of 755 for first-place honors. Columbia Point was a distant second with a team score of 816.

With two competitions remaining on the 2011 tour, Black Rock Creek is in fine shape to capture its fifth consecutive championship. The Sunnyside-area team is sitting in first place in the tour standings with 156 team points. Columbia Point is presently in second place with 149.5 points.

Besides the 74 that Nozaka carded last week, Black Rock Creek Golf Course got a 4-over-par 75 from Chris Indall and an 11-over-par 82 from Rick Mitoff.

The only other Black Rock Creek golfer besides Nozaka to shoot below his established handicap was Grandview's Tom Diener. He had a net-70.

In last week's skins game, Mitoff secured a gross skin on the 16th hole, worth $19; and Black Rock Creek teammate Pete Laverman snared a net skin on No. 11, worth $38.

The next senior golf tour event is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 21, at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino course near Pendleton, Ore. Local golfers have until Monday, Sept. 19, to sign up in the Black Rock Creek pro shop to be eligible to play that day.

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