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Darren Black ties for 11th at Northwest Open Invitational | Golf

San Juan Golf and Country Club pro Darren Black tied for 11th in the Northwest Open Invitational, played at par 72 Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland Sept. 19-23.

PGA professional Mike Schoner of Lakeview Golf and Country Club in Soap Lake won the 105th annual tournament in a playoff against professional Brandon Kearney of Bend Golf and Country Club. Both shot a three-day total of 208 — 8 under par — after 54 holes which forced the playoff.

On the second hole of the sudden-death playoff, Schoner birdied to capture his first Pacific Northwest PGA Section title. Professional Ryan Gilmour of Willamette Valley Country Club, Canby, Ore., finished in third place, one stroke back.

Schoner received $3,000, Kearney $2,500, Gilmour $2,000.

Low amateur honors went to Craig Larson of Oakbrook Golf and Country Club, Tacoma, who fired three scores of 74-69-72-215. He received $500.

Black shot 73-70-71 to finish with 214 and tie Tom Sovay of Trilogy at Redmond, who shot 74-69-71. They each received $850.

Black's performance came one month after he finished fourth of 41 golfers in the Pacific Northwest PGA Championship at Avalon, and two months after he finished in a three-way tie for sixth at the Rosauers Open at Indian Canyon in Spokane.

Meadow Springs Country Club is a private golf course designed by Robert Muir Graves and is one of Washington state's top-rated courses. It plays 6,926 yards from the championship tees and 6,105 for seniors. It has some unique challenges: The No. 6 plays shorter than the yardage because it is downhill. The No. 7 fairway is lined by trees on the right and a creek runs directly in front of the green. No. 10 is a downhill par 5 with a blind tee shot. No. 16 has a fairly long carry over water from the tee, with a small green requiring care on the approach shot.

Proceeds of the Northwest Open Invitational went towards Children’s Developmental Center. The Children’s Developmental Center, located in Richland, has provided early intervention services to infants, toddlers and their families since 1977.

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