THE Central West Districts Golf Association divison 1B pennants minor premiership will be decided tomorrow, as Duntryleague takes on Parkes in a top-of-the-table clash at Forbes Golf Club.
Duntryleague (4.1) sit just 0.1 points in front of Parkes (4.0), the former leapfrogging the latter after a huge 4-1 win over cross-town rivals Wentworth.
“A lot of our guys haven’t played the [Forbes] course,” he said.
“It’s a tricky little course, but with the rain expected [today], hopefully it makes it a bit easier by taking some of the run out. I’m not sure how much the Parkes guys would have played it either, but I imagine a bit more than us.”
Regardless of the result, both Duntryleague and Parkes will progress through to the semi-finals.
Wentworth and Cowra also play-off tomorrow, but with the two teams sitting third and fifth respectively the result of their game has no bearing on the final standings. Forbes have the bye, and also cannot progress.
Despite the assurance of a semi-final position, Duntryleague’s goal was always to go through the group stage undefeated.
“If we go through undefeated we win the thing, obviously,” Payne said.
“But we’ve done the hard yards, we’ve done the first job which was making sure we qualified for the semi-finals. If we can win our division it would be great but it isn’t all that important now we’ve qualified.”
Duntryleague heads into the clash at full strength, but Payne remains cautious of a strong Parkes line-up.
“I don’t know too much about the Parkes guys, except there are some good golfers there,” he said.
“We just need to concentrate on our individual games and hopefully we can grab a 3-2 win at worst.”
The semi-finals will also feature the top two sides from division 1A. Currently Bathurst, Mudgee and Wellington can all still qualify.
DUNTRYLEAGUE: Robert Payne, Rob Parfett, Craig Stojanovic, Mal Gregor, Wayne Carpenter.