Premier golf tournament under way


Eric Inions of Zillah hits his tee shot on No. 11 in the 2015 Banana Belt at Black Rock Creek Golf Course. He parred the hole enroute to shooting a 5-over-par 77 in the first day of Banana Belt play. Inions rebounded on Sunday with a 3-under-par 69, good for first-place honors in the two-day tournament.


Waiting alongside the 10th green watching the two other golfers in their foursome putt out Saturday morning in the 2015 Banana Belt are (L-R) T.J. Inions and Dewey Steinmetz.

— One of Sunnyside’s largest, most premier tournaments started with pairing of golfers last night.

At 5 p.m. tonight, the golfers will get in a practice round before competing tomorrow in the Banana Belt at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

The field was limited to 96 players, among whom are a few locals looking to win the purse.

Golf Pro Scott Galbraith didn’t have a list of the locals as of press time, but said the tournament was bound to be filled with first-class golfing.

Several optional side games will be offered. The Horserace follows the Friday practice round at 5 p.m.

Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch will be served to those taking the weekend to enjoy the links.

The format of the tournament is individual stroke play on the par 72 course. The field will be flighted according to handicap, with both gross and net payouts.

A couple years ago, a Zillah golfer — Eric Inions —won the tournament with a score of 146 after the first day of 77 strokes and going three-under-par on the second day.

He knocked down two eagles and four birdies to card the low score in two days.

Fellow Zillah golfers Derrick Phelps and T.J. Inions finished second and third, respectively that year. They carded 148 and 150, respectively.

Last year, Jed Tait was the low gross winner with a 147 card, and the low net of 138 earned Laney Anderson the win in low net scoring.

Andrew Schutt of Sunnyside claimed low gross of the field honors with a 144, and Rich Wyer of Kennewick carded 135 for the low net of the field honors.

This is the 61st year of the Banana Belt at the local golf course.

Golfers hit the links at 9 a.m. both days.


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