KENNEWICK - With just two stops remaining on this year's Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour, last Wednesday's first-place finish at Kennewick's Canyon Lakes Golf Course squarely puts Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team in the driver's seat for a sixth consecutive championship.
The top finish at the Canyon Lakes competition was the third time Black Rock Creek has notched a first-place performance this season. At the four previous tour stops, the Sunnyside-area golfers settled for runner-up honors.
Last Wednesday's victory, which ended up being powered by Chris Indall's even-par 72, puts Black Rock Creek seven points up on the No. 2 team in the tour standings, Columbia Point.
Indall shot the low individual round on the day from a field that numbered 127 golfers, who were representing 11 different teams.
Although Indall provided the sparkle for Black Rock Creek he got plenty of help from his teammates, including a 6-over-par 78 from Scott Andrews. Teammates Akira Nozaka and Gene McIntire added rounds of 82 and 85, respectively.
Also coming through big for Black Rock Creek was the foursome of Tom Diener, Rich Wakeland, Mark Drollinger and Pete Laverman, all of whom recorded scores below their established handicaps. Diener posted a handicap-aided net round of 69, Wakeland and Drollinger had net-70's and Laverman got into the clubhouse with a net 71.
Besides posting the low individual round on the day, Indall picked up the only gross skin by a Black Rock Creek golfer last Wednesday. He birdied the par-4, 16th, which earned him a $74 payout.
Nabbing KP prizes last Wednesday were Black Rock Creek's Drollinger and Mike Wagner. Drollinger won a gift certificate to the Outback Steakhouse by being closest to the pin with his tee shot on No. 12. Wagner won KP honors on No. 4, good for a payday of $37.
The next stop on the senior tour is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Wildhorse Golf Course & Resort near Pendleton, Ore. Local golfers who want to compete that day have until Monday, Sept. 17, to sign up in the Black Rock Creek pro shop. The final competition on this year's 12-stop tour will be at the Tri-City Country Club on Wednesday, Oct. 3.