Mudgee has emerged as a serious shot of defending its break-through Central West District Golf Association division one pennants crown after knocking off Dubbo 3-2 at Wentworth on Sunday.
In the second round of the 2017 match play competition, No.1 Mark Hale led the premiers’ charge with a 3 and 2 triumph over Dubbo’s best, Ross Horrocks.
While Duntryleague and Wentworth both enjoyed the bye in pool A, the groups other heavyweights duked it out, with Matts Stanley and Consadine also recording key wins in the one game victory.
The Bathurst Golf Club hosted pool B’s second round action, with Parkes enjoying another win in the top grade, this time over Cowra, to fly to the top of the ladder after two rounds.
After a commanding opening win over Forbes, Parkes (2.7 points) has won both of its opening rounds and appears on track to qualify for the semi-finals.
Having played just one game, Bathurst (1.3) sits in second in pool B, with Cowra (0.4) and Forbes (0.1) yet to record a win.
Duntyleague still leads pool A with 1.4 points, with Mudgee (1.3), Dubbo (0.2) and Wentworth (0.1) in contention in a fairly open pool early in the 2017 campaign.
All four sides have only played the one round, next weekend’s lone Wenty-Mudgee clash crucial for the Orange based club if it intends to sneak into the final four.
In the lower divisions, Duntryleague’s division two outfit record a narrow 3-2 win over Cowra, Mario Pasquali, Justin Thrift and Peter Mitchell leading the way with victories.
The club’s division three side wasn’t as lucky, though, going down to Forbes by the same margin, Trevor Williams’ narrow 1up defeat to Ian Brown proving decisive.
Forbes also got the chocolates in the division four clash with Duntry, Keegan Harding’s 4 and 3 win the highlight in a 3-2 loss.
Ex-Services had a tough day at Wentworth against Dubbo’s lower grades, suffering a 4-1 loss in division three and a 3-2 defeat in division four - Mick Pickett, Ken Quince and Steve Sielicki won for Country Club.
The title defence came after Mudgee’s surprise victory in the 2016 season.
Mudgee had caused somewhat of an upset in the Central West District Golf Association division one grand final, defeating Duntryleague at Orange Ex-Services Country Club.
The Mudgee team of Mark Hale, Brad Paine, Josh Campbell, Rob Penman, Matt Consadine and Andrew Best were confident of bringing home Mudgee’s first Central West division one title, and they lived up to their word.
Now the defence is on, and the team will once again look to bring glory back to Mudgee.