Wentworth takes on Mudgee in this weekend’s third round of the Central West District Golf Association division one pennant however the competition’s biggest news has come out of Bathurst.
Going all out in an attempt to down Forbes, Bathurst co-captain Darryn Bruce has selected returning Scott Matheson at No.1.
“I expect, but it depends on their line-up, that Forbes will go with John Betland (at No.1),” Bruce said.
“It’ll be a pretty even game and one that will come down to the wire.
“I’m delighted for Scott. He shot well the other day, he’s schooled in good technique and can play well under pressure.
“I think it’ll be the match of the pennant. There’ll be some good golf on offer.”
Bathurst had a bye last week, as did Forbes. Parkes defeated Cowra 3-2 in the only other pool B game last weekend.
“We lost 3-2 last year (against Forbes) and the game hinged on the number three seed match,” Bruce said.
“I hope, with the team we have, that we go well. I’m predicting a 3-2 win to Bathurst and you can print that.”
With Matheson selected at No.1, Bruce said he has chosen Darrell Bourke at number two because of his recent good form.
Bruce selected himself at three but is undecided for the final selection for number four and five.
He currently has Brad Cooke chosen for four and Julian Curran at five, but that could change anytime before Saturday evening.
Bruce believes a good performance this Sunday is critical to qualifying for the semi-finals.
“If we win 3-2 [against Forbes], it’ll be good but it certainly won’t be enough to get into the semis this early,” he said.
Wentworth will take on Mudgee at Dubbo in division one, and will clash with Wellington in divisions two, three and four. Ex-Services will take on Mudgee in divisions three and four.