Champs on track after big triumph

VICTORY: Duntryleague's Justin Thrift was one of his division two side's winners during a tough pennants match-up with Cowra. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
VICTORY: Duntryleague's Justin Thrift was one of his division two side's winners during a tough pennants match-up with Cowra. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Mudgee has emerged as a serious shot of defending its break-through Central West District Golf Association division one pennants crown after knocking off Dubbo 3-2 at Wentworth on Sunday.

In the second round of the 2017 match play competition, No.1 Mark Hale led the premiers’ charge with a 3 and 2 triumph over Dubbo’s best, Ross Horrocks.

While Duntryleague and Wentworth both enjoyed the bye in pool A, the groups other heavyweights duked it out, with Matts Stanley and Consadine also recording key wins in the one game victory.

The Bathurst Golf Club hosted pool B’s second round action, with Parkes enjoying another win in the top grade, this time over Cowra, to fly to the top of the ladder after two rounds.

After a commanding opening win over Forbes, Parkes (2.7 points) has won both of its opening rounds and appears on track to qualify for the semi-finals.

Having played just one game, Bathurst (1.3) sits in second in pool B, with Cowra (0.4) and Forbes (0.1) yet to record a win.

Duntyleague still leads pool A with 1.4 points, with Mudgee (1.3), Dubbo (0.2) and Wentworth (0.1) in contention in a fairly open pool early in the 2017 campaign.

LEADING THE WAY: Mudgee's Mark Hale got his side off to a flier in its defence of the division one pennants crown.

LEADING THE WAY: Mudgee's Mark Hale got his side off to a flier in its defence of the division one pennants crown.

All four sides have only played the one round, next weekend’s lone Wenty-Mudgee clash crucial for the Orange based club if it intends to sneak into the final four.

In the lower divisions, Duntryleague’s division two outfit record a narrow 3-2 win over Cowra, Mario Pasquali, Justin Thrift and Peter Mitchell leading the way with victories.

The club’s division three side wasn’t as lucky, though, going down to Forbes by the same margin, Trevor Williams’ narrow 1up defeat to Ian Brown proving decisive.

Forbes also got the chocolates in the division four clash with Duntry, Keegan Harding’s 4 and 3 win the highlight in a 3-2 loss.

Ex-Services had a tough day at Wentworth against Dubbo’s lower grades, suffering a 4-1 loss in division three and a 3-2 defeat in division four - Mick Pickett, Ken Quince and Steve Sielicki won for Country Club.