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Columbia Point makes up ground on Black Rock Creek in senior tour standings

MOSES LAKE - Behind Chris Indall's 2-over-par 74, the second lowest round from among the 84 golfers competing, the Sunnyside-area Black Rock Creek team scored a runner-up finish at the ninth stop on the 2012 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

It's the fourth consecutive second-place finish Black Rock Creek has posted in the twice-a-month competitions.

The latest stop on the senior tour was at The Links at Moses Pointe, a par-72, 6,300-yard track where water comes directly into play on six of the holes. A total of 84 players representing 10 different teams showed up for the Wednesday, Aug. 8, competition.

In finishing second last week at the Moses Lake-area, resort style course, Black Rock Creek tallied a team score of 761. The top finishing club, the linksters from Richland's Columbia Point Golf Course, had an aggregate total of 748.

Columbia Point is now within six points of Black Rock Creek for the top spot in the 2012 standings. Black Rock Creek is seeking a sixth straight tour title. Four competitions remain on this summer's schedule.

Team-wise last week, finishing just behind Columbia Point and Black Rock Creek, Toppenish's Mt. Adams Country Club and the Tri-City Country Club placed third and fourth, respectively, with scores of 779 and 821.

Individually for the runner-up Black Rock Creek squad, Indall's two-over 74 led the way, although the Lower Yakima Valley team also got a pretty strong effort from Gene McIntire, who worked his way into the clubhouse with a 7-over-par 79. Four shots back was teammate Akira Nozaka, who finished with an 83.

In the net scoring column (actual score minus handicap), none of the other Black Rock Creek team members were able to post rounds under their established averages. The closest the local linksters came to shooting handicap-aided, even-par rounds were a pair of net-73's, recorded by Bob Barker and Eli Gonzalez.

In side-game action, Black Rock Creek's golfers got shut out from collecting any of the available skins or KP money.

The next stop on the 2012 senior golf tour will be Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course. Those who want to compete that day for the Black Rock Creek team have until Monday, Aug. 20, to sign up in the local pro shop.

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