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Columbia Poin ;makes up ground on Black Rock Creek in senior standings

RICHLAND - Playing their home course this past Wednesday, the Columbia Point team dusted off the competition and won top honors with a combined score of 684.

Wednesday's match was the seventh stop on the 2012 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.

Sunnyside's Black Rock Creek team, seeking a sixth consecutive tour title, finished one stroke lower than the Pendleton Country Club for runner-up honors on Wednesday. The local seniors shot an aggregate 723. Pendleton was third with a 724 and Westwood West of Yakima scored a 733 for fourth-place honors.

Columbia Point, which has now won the last two senior tour competitions, only trails Black Rock Creek by six points in the 2012 tour standings. The next stop will be at Desert Aire Golf Course near Mattawa, on Wednesday, July 25.

Leading Black Rock Creek to the second-place finish at Columbia Point this week was Chris Indall. He shot the low round of the day from the field of 124 golfers, a 1-under-par 71.

The Sunnyside-area team also got a nifty 2-over-par 74 from Gene McIntire, which gave him the rare feat of shooting his age. The third low individual round for Black Rock Creek was a 79, posted by Bob Barker.

Barker's round was six strokes below his established handicap, which gave him the low net round of the day (66) from among the Black Rock Creek golfers. Also shooting under their scoring averages were Black Rock Creek's Stan Davis and Eli Gonzalez, who had handicap-aided rounds of 69 and 70, respectively.

In side-game action this past Wednesday, Barker scored big by knocking down a birdie on the 377-yard, seventh hole. Claiming both a gross and net skin on the hole, he won a payout of $93.

Black Rock Creek's Dennis Petrea found a pay day of $37 by claiming KP honors on the 12th hole.

Local golfers who intend on competing at Desert Aire on July 25 have until Monday, July 23, to sign up in the Black Rock Creek pro shop.

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