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Black Rock Creek alone atop senior tour standings

RICHLAND - A runner-up finish last Wednesday at Richland's Horn Rapids Golf Course has the Sunnyside-area Black Rock Creek team sitting atop the 2012 Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour standings.

Heading into the third stop on this year's tour, Black Rock Creek was tied atop the standings with the Westwood West team from Yakima. Westwood West, via its fourth-place finish at Horn Rapids last week, now is in second place in the tour standings, trailing the leaders by just two points.

Powering Black Rock Creek's seniors to their second-place finish on the target-style Horn Rapids course was Chris Indall. He toured the nearly 7,000-yard desert layout with a 1-under-par 71, which earned him medalist honors from the field of 119 golfers.

Second low scorer for Black Rock Creek, which is seeking a sixth consecutive tour title this year, was Akira Nozaka. He got around Horn Rapids with a 6-over-par 78.

The Lower Yakima Valley team also got rounds of 83 and 86 from Alan Sandlin and Mike Wagner, respectively.

Shooting below their established handicaps for the second-place finishing Black Rock Creek squad last week were Sandlin, who posted a handicap-aided 66, Norm Larson with a net-69 and Les Schreiber with a net-71.

In placing second at Horn Rapids, Black Rock Creek tallied a team score of 739. The Columbia Point team from the Tri-Cities won top honors on the third stop on this year's tour with an aggregate 736. The host Horn Rapids crew finished third with 750 strokes, and Westwood West was fourth with a team score of 762.

Last Wednesday's contest drew teams from 10 different courses.

In side game action last week, Indall picked up KP honors on the par-3 sixth hole, worth a $35 payout. Net skins, worth $42 each, were claimed by Black Rock Creek's John Fleming and Dan Hutson on holes 8 and 11, respectively.

The next stop on the 2012 tour is the Pendleton Country Club, scheduled for Friday, June 1. All local seniors who want to compete that day have until this coming Friday, May 25, to sign up in the Black Rock Creek pro shop.

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