Scratch battle pits mate against mate as Payne calls on wind to blow

PAYNE RELIEF: Robert Payne overcame a seven-over first round to win the Golf NSW Senior Order of Merit event at Duntryleague yesterday. Photo MATT FINDLAY 0905mfpayne

PAYNE RELIEF: Robert Payne overcame a seven-over first round to win the Golf NSW Senior Order of Merit event at Duntryleague yesterday. Photo MATT FINDLAY 0905mfpayne

ROBERT Payne is relying on Mother Nature to blow up a storm in Sunday’s Duntryleague Golf Club club championship A grade match-play quarter-final.

Payne defeated John Dubois 8 and 7 last weekend to set up a mouth-watering final eight clash with good friend Rob Parfett.

“I’m hoping the wind blows, I love playing in the wind,” Payne said.

“I had eight years in Newcastle, and playing the coastal courses you have to hit the ball a lot lower into the wind. I tend to concentrate more when it’s blowing, so if the wind gets up on Sunday I’ll be very confident.”

Parfett overcame Mal Gregor 3 and 2, and Payne said tomorrow’s match had the potential to be one of the best Duntryleague has seen in some time.

“Rob plays off scratch now I think,” Payne said.

“We’re good mates, and it’ll be a very good match. I think if we both play our best I think I’ll probably get him, but if I’m off it opens up a window for him.

“Match-play is a hole at a time, so you never know what can happen.”

In the other A grade games, Craig Stojanovic plays James Conran, David Corby takes on Paul Collis and Justin Thrift plays Andrew Campbell.

In A reserve Mark Conn takes on Craig Griffiths, Robert Williamson plays Brandan Smith, Warwick Bradley clashes with John Clyde and David Parfett plays John Cook.

B grade sees Ian Paine clash with Dale McIntosh, John Farquarson takes on William Golland, Martin Boyd plays Michael Lenon and Richard Benson plays Sandro Rossetto.

In C grade, David Cantwell plays Christian Cheney, Andy Royal takes on Mark Hildebrandt, John Young plays Ron King and Trevor Williams will look to overcome Drew Hall. 

Payne pins down win of merit

DESPITE lightning-fast greens and pin placements which “left a bit to be desired”, Orange’s Robert Payne took out the Golf NSW Senior Order of Merit event at Duntryleague yesterday.

Played over two days, Payne shot a seven-over 77 on Thursday, and backed up with a two-over 72 to take out the scratch event by nine shots from Leonay’s Laurie Cupples (81/77-158).

“It was like putting on marble out there,” Payne said.

“The pins were a bit friendlier [yesterday], but local knowledge did little for this event. It was very tough out there.

“I’ve played golf all over the place, and I don’t think I’ve ever played on greens that quick. But the weather was beautiful both days, and there was some good golf played.”

Payne had a four-stroke lead overnight, and said the scores were a direct result of the speed of the greens.

“It was just incredible, you had to be low the hole all the time,” Payne said.

“You’d be struggling to two-putt from 15 feet, but everyone putted on the same surface.

“Even though the scores weren’t great, a win is a win.”

Colin Radford took out the men’s handicap event, with 148 (78/70) on a countback from Roy Payne (77/71).

In the over 65 men’s category, Mittagong’s Cameron Fraser shot rounds of 84 and 83 to win the event with a total of 167. He finished just one shot in front of Queanbeyan’s John Paton (82/86 - 168).

Beckwith’s Jill Bentley won the ladies’ scratch, with 173 (88/85) over the two days.

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