Wentworth went within a whisker of causing a Central West District Golf Association division one pennants upset on Sunday but, to the demise of Duntryleague, it didn’t eventuate.
The winless Wenty pushed two-time top grade defending champions Mudgee at the Orange Ex-Services Country Club course, at one point holding a slim lead as the five match-ups rounded the back nine in the final round clash.
A Wenty win would have maintained Duntryleague’s place in pool A’s top two.
But Mudgee fired around Country Club’s final holes, No.1 Mark Hale leading a 4-1 triumph that both sends his side into the finals alongside pool A club Dubbo and sends perennial pennants finalists Duntryleague packing.
Forbes and Cowra have qualified for the division one finals out of pool B.
“When I finished we were one match square and two down so we were in a bit of strife,” Mudgee sharp shooter Hale said.
“Johnny Osborn was two down with three holes to play and won the last three and Matt Stanley was two down with five to go as well.”
In a campaign that hasn’t lacked sledging and controversy, Hale and the Mudgee men were determined to ‘let their sticks do the talking’.
That’s exactly what they will need to do again this coming Sunday as Cowra awaits them in the finals.
On the other side of the division one draw, Dubbo plays Forbes in a match that packs plenty of star power.
“John Betland is back from Sydney now so Forbes will be really strong.” Hale said.
Many have touted Betland, who won his first local title at 14 years of age, as the best golfer to come out of Forbes.
Mudgee needs to focus on the task at hand first though but Hale isn’t sure what to focus on as he labelled Cowra as a bit of an unknown entity.
“No one knows anything about them. They're the quiet achievers out there,” Hale said.
“Bathurst was supposed to be top of that pool but Cowra has been the sleepers.”
Pool A: Mudgee 4.5, Dubbo 4.3, Duntryleague 4.0, Wellington 1.7, Wentworth 0.5.
Pool B: Forbes 4.0, Cowra 2.8, Bathurst 1.7, Parkes 0.5.
Pool A: Dubbo 5.2, Mudgee 4.5, Wellington 2.9, Wentworth 1.9, Ex-Services 0.5.
Pool B: Parkes 4.5, Bathurst 4.3, Duntryleague 4.2, Forbes 1.6, Cowra 0.4.
Pool A: Dubbo 5.4, Wentworth 4.3, Wellington 3.1, Mudgee 1.9, Ex-Services 0.3.
Pool B: Parkes 5.3, Bathurst 4.5, Cowra 3.1, Forbes 1.9, Duntryleague 0.2.
Pool A: Wellington 4.1, Dubbo 3.0, Wentworth 1.6, Mudgee 0.3.
Pool B: Forbes 4.1, Parkes 4.1, Duntryleague 3.7, Cowra 2.5, Bathurst 0.5.
At Dubbo, 9am:
Cowra v Mudgee (division one), Parkes v Mudgee (division two), Parkes v Wentworth (division three), Parkes v Wellington (division four).
At Duntry, 9am:
Dubbo v Forbes (division one), Dubbo v Bathurst (division two), Dubbo v Bathurst (division three), Dubbo v Forbes (division four).