Turn out the lights, the party’s over. Well…at least for 11 of the teams that took part in this year’s Mid-Columbia Senior Golf Tour.
The celebration, a mere formality, is yet to come for Sunnyside’s Black Rock Creek Golf Course team. The local seniors are on the cusp of nailing down their seventh consecutive tour championship.
With just one competition remaining, that scheduled for Oct. 2 at the Tri-Cities Country Club, Black Rock Creek has all but sewn up the 2013 senior tour title. The Sunnyside squad has amassed 122.5 points thus far. The Columbia Point Golf Course team is in second place in the tour standings through the 10 events staged so far, but still well back with just 106.5 points.
At the latest stop on this year’s tour, at Wildhorse Resort & Casino just outside Pendleton, Ore., Black Rock Creek earned a runner-up finish by tallying a team score of 588. The Pendleton Country Club squad claimed top honors at the Sept. 18 competition at Wildhorse with a team score of 581.
Leading the Sunnyside-area golfers to the second-place finish at Wildhorse was the duo of Akira Nozaka and Chris Leman. Nozaka carded an 8-over-par 80, with Leman one stroke back at 81.
In the net scoring column at Wildhorse last week, two of Black Rock Creek’s golfers turned in rounds under their established handicaps. Shooting handicap-aided rounds of 69 and 70 were Scott Andrews and Mike Stegeman, respectively.
Shooting exactly to their established handicaps with net-72’s were Black Rock Creek’s Wally Flores, Doug Shreiver, Pete Laverman and Les Schreiver.
Black Rock Creek seniors who want to compete in the 11th and final senior tour competition of the season have until Monday, Sept. 30, to sign up.