PENDLETON, ORE. - A trio from Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek Golf Course shot identical 7-over-par 79's at the latest stop on the 2011 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.
Competing last week at the Wildhorse Resort & Casino course near Pendleton, Ore., the trio of Jim Leighty, Mike Nichols and Tom Diener turned in the sub-80 rounds.
Along with four net rounds (actual score minus handicap) that were under par, the Black Rock Creek squad earned a third-place finish at the 13-team, 131-player deep event. The Sunnyside team tallied an aggregate score of 730.
The top finishing squad at Wildhorse was the Pendleton Country Club, which totaled a team score of 700. In second place with a team score of 723 was the Columbia Point Golf Course squad.
The four net rounds by members of the Black Rock Creek team that were under par were posted by Randy Boast, Eli Gonzalez, Max Wickham and Pete Laverman. Figuring in their handicaps, Boast shot a net-68, Gonzalez and Wickham had net-69's, and Laverman finished with a net-71.
Diener had the highlight of the day by carding an eagle on the par-5, fifth hole. That earned him a gross skin worth $231 in cash, as well as a net skin worth $26. Diener, too, picked up a net skin on No. 6, worth another $26.
Also earning $26 apiece because they claimed net skins were Gonzalez and Black Rock Creek teammate Bob Andrews for their efforts on holes No. 17 and No. 9, respectively.
The final 2011 senior golf tour event of the season is scheduled for next Wednesday at the Tri-City Country Club. Black Rock Creek seniors have until Monday, Oct. 3, to sign up in the local pro shop.