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Thursday, August 23, 2012 - Page updated at 10:30 p.m.
Bend pro finishes off Northwest Open
WALLA WALLA — Two Puget Sound golf professionals tried but couldn't keep Brandon Kearney of Bend, Ore., from completing his wire-to-wire victory Wednesday in the Northwest Open at Wine Valley Golf Club.
Darren Black of Rainier Golf and Country Club in Seattle and Derek Barron of Tacoma Firs tied for second place at 9-under 207, finishing behind the 12-under 204 by Kearney, an assistant pro at Bend Golf and Country Club.
Black, who closed with a 71 on the 7,025-yard, par-72 layout, and Barron, who had a 70, were close to Kearney until he birdied two of the final three holes to close with a 70 and win $7,000.
Black and Barron each won $3,862.50.
Dylan Goodwin of Harbour Pointe in Mukilteo was the low amateur at 7-under 209.
• Bill Mays, a past president of the Washington State Golf Association who played a vital role in the association obtaining and developing The Home Course in DuPont, died from a fall in his Tacoma home Tuesday. He was 79. Mays, a lawyer, served on the boards of the WSGA and the Pacific Northwest Golf Association for more than two decades and provided the associations with invaluable legal advice over the years. He has served as president of The Home Course since its opening and was awarded the PNGA's Distinguished Service Award in 1999.
• Bryant, from Arkansas, scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to top Greenville, N.C., in the championship game of the 13-year-old Babe Ruth World Series at Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton. Jeffery Hastings led the winners with two hits. Greenville had nine hits to five for Bryant, but was hurt by four errors.
• A UFC lightweight title bout has been scheduled for KeyArena on Dec. 8 when champion Benson Henderson meets Nate Diaz. Other matchups will include a light heavyweight bout between Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Alexander Gustafsson. There also will be a welterweight bout between BJ Penn and Rory MacDonald.
From association reports.
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