Duntryleague snatch tight opening win

DUNTRYLEAGUE has snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to kick start its 2014 Central Western District Golf Association division one pennants campaign.

Fresh off the Pool B bye in round one, Duntryleague hung on to defeat Cowra 3-2 at Wentworth on Sunday.

But by Duntryleague gun Robert Payne’s own admission, his side probably shouldn’t have come away with the victory.

“We were gone,” Payne fired.

His reference being to Duntryleague’s precarious position at 2-all late in the clash with Payne and Cowra ace Peter Kirwan still on the course.

“I was down by two with two to go and a birdied the last two and won the 19th,” Payne continued.

“We’ll take a 3-2 win every time ... a win is a win.

“The main thing is we got away with one.”

Aside from Payne’s nail-biter, Rob Parfett defeated Michael Brooks 6 and 4 and Dean Turner edged out Michael Jordan 4 and 2.

For Cowra, Rod McDonald enjoyed a 4 and 2 triumph over James Conran and Paul Jones defeated Adrian Priest 3 and 1.

But the Payne-Kirwan contest was easily the best of the round.

“He out-putted me early, and that was the difference,” Payne said.

In the only other Pool B match-up, Parkes edged Forbes 3-2.

Sunday’s win means Duntryleague keeps pace with the undefeated Parkes, with Forbes and the winless Cowra and Wentworth clubs needing other results to go their way in order to make the semi-finals.

Signalling the strength of the Duntryleague squad, Wayne Carpenter, Craig Stojanovic and Mal Gregor will be available for skipper Rob Parfett next weekend, causing a selection headache ahead of his side’s next round clash against Forbes in Cowra.

In Pool A, Mudgee defeated Bathurst in another close affair 3-2.

Round three of the CWDGA pennants competition will pit Wentworth against Parkes and Duntry against Forbes in Pool B while in Pool A, Mudgee takes on Wellington and Dubbo tackles Bathurst this Sunday.

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