ROBERT Payne knows the Central Western District Golf Association team has its work cut out for it at this weekend’s NSW Country Championships.
The 36-hole event will be played at Muswellbrook Golf Club today and tomorrow.
The Central West team is dominated by Duntryleague players including Payne, Rob Parfett, Peter Mitchell, Ben Jonas and Wayne Carpenter, along with Bathurst’s Jarryd Bird.
Mudgee’s Andrew Best and Bathurst Paul Bright were originally in the team but had to withdraw.
Payne knows it’s going to be hard going at Muswellbrook.
“I think myself and Rob Parfett are the only ones who’ve played the course before,” Payne said.
“It’s meant to be 27, 30 and 32 degrees up there. It was very dry last year.
“We’ll go up Friday and have a practice round.”
Payne said just getting a team together had been tough.
“We’ve got a put-together side. Getting the commitment from players is hard,” Payne explained.
“There’s five from Duntryleague and people will think we’re stacking the side, but we try to pick the best players but they won’t all commit to playing.
“We’ll go with a positive attitude and play one shot at a time.
“It’s probably not the strongest team we could field but we’re all committed.”
There will be 18 holes played today with a 12.30pm shotgun start.
A 7am shotgun start will have the field play another 18 holes.
The players will be fighting for the NSW Country championship as well as the Inter-District Teams Challenge.
The individual scores will count towards the team’s result to decide the winning district.
“Newcastle is always the team to beat,” Payne said.
CENTRAL WEST: Robert Payne, Peter Mitchell, Rob Parfett, Ben Jonas, Jarryd Bird, Wayne Carpenter.