DUNTRYLEAGUE claimed back-to-back Central West District Golf Association division one pennant titles on Sunday, but it wasn’t easy.
The Orange club took on Mudgee in the division one final at Wellington, with heavy storms adding to the challenge.
The Duntry players managed to hold their nerve to claim a 3.5-1.5 win.
Duntry and Mudgee had both gone through their pool matches without a loss ensuring the final would be tight.
“Mudgee beat us in a qualifying game last year and they’d shown a bit of form this year,” Duntryleague division one captain Rob Parfett said.
“Having said that, I thought we had a team that would match them.”
Early on, things were certainly in Duntryleague’s favour.
Parfett was 5up after 11 holes, Mal Gregor was 4up with five holes to play and Craig Stojanovic was 3up after five.
Parfett held off a charge from Josh Campbell to win 1up, Gregor won on the 19th, and Stojanovic lost 1down.
Dean Turner, after being three-down at one stage, halved his match on the 20th, while top seed Robert Payne enjoyed a 4 and 3 victory.
“We have to give credit to the Mudgee boys, they really hung in there,” Parfett said.
Duntryleague had a team in all four pennant finals, with the division four side enjoying a 3-2 win over Parkes.
Kerry Apps (2 and 1), Scott Duffy (1up) and Trevor Williams (2 and 1) all helped the Orange club to back-to-back division four pennant wins.
In division two, favourites Forbes downed Duntry 4.5-0.5.
Dubbo won the division three pennants with a 3.5-1.5 win over Duntry.
Parfett, who is also the Duntryleague club captain, was thrilled to have the club represented in all four finals.
“It is fantastic for the club to have that sort of depth. To make four finals was great. Winning 50 per cent was pretty good. Next year we’ll do better. We’re already preparing,” he laughed.
Duntryleague’s pennant success bodes well for the club’s upcoming matchplay championships, with the opening elimination round scheduled for May 4.