Tight win gives Clyde the final boost he needs as Duntryleague deciders tee off

DRIVING IT HOME: John Clyde said he needs to improve off the tee to have a chance in tomorrow’s Duntryleague A reserve club championship final against Craig Griffiths. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0523mfgolf

DRIVING IT HOME: John Clyde said he needs to improve off the tee to have a chance in tomorrow’s Duntryleague A reserve club championship final against Craig Griffiths. Photo: MATT FINDLAY 0523mfgolf

A NAIL-BITING semi-final win last weekend has John Clyde in good stead to secure Sunday’s Duntryleague Golf Club A reserve club championship title, and get his name on the club’s honour board for the first time.

Clyde needed all 36 holes to secure a 1-up victory over David Parfett, and set up Sunday’s final clash with Craig Griffiths.

“Last week was pretty nerve-wracking,” Clyde said.

“I’ve been pretty erratic off the tee, but my short game has been good and I think it saved me a bit.”

Clyde, a nine marker, also accounted for Lucas Rouse (2-up) and Warwick Bradley (10 and 9) in the first and second rounds respectively, on his way to the final.

The 28-year-old said he is hoping the two tough wins, and one runaway victory, has steeled him for Sunday’s title bout.

“Round one was tough, and then I had a pretty easy win, but I’ve been playing reasonably lately,” he explained.

“I’ll need to concentrate on getting off the tee well [tomorrow], and count on my short game being solid. I spoke to Craig not long ago and he said he’s been a bit the same lately, driving inconsistently but chipping and putting well, so if I can match him around the greens, and drive well I think I’ll be a good chance.

“I’ll try not to worry about the bad ones when they come, it’s a one hole at a time prospect.”

Clyde and Griffiths tee off at 8.16am.

In the other finals, David Cantwell will take on Trevor Williams (8am) in C grade and Ian Paine clashes with Sandro Rossetto (8.08am) in B grade.

In the main event, the A grade final, Andy Campbell takes on giant-killer Craig Stojanovic (8.24am), who completed a rousing 2-up victory over original title favourite Robert Payne last week.

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