Central Western District Golf Association’s pennants season is reaching its crescendo and with the semi-finals kicking off this weekend Orange’s title hopes now rest solely on Wentworth’s third division side.
Wentworth’s three other grades were cast aside and for the second year in a row Duntryleague missed the cut in all four grades, while Ex-Services Country Club’s division two and three outfits didn’t qualify either.
“I had a fair idea that was the case, but our club captain confirmed it on Monday,” Wentworth division three skipper Ethan Lewin said.
“We don’t feel any pressure from it, it would’ve been nice to have a bit of a clash with Duntryleague in the semi-finals because they weren’t in our pool, but hopefully that can happen next year.”
Strangely enough, it’s not an unfamiliar situation for Lewin.
“The same thing happened last year when I was playing in division four for Wentworth, we were the only team that went through then as well,” he said.
Lewin’s side, which across the season has included the likes of Orry Lewin, Peter Moad, Matt Delaney and Dave Wooding, finished second in pool A of division three and will take on pool B winners Parkes in this weekend’s semi-final at Dubbo.
“We don’t really know anything about Parkes, outside looking at their results so I’d say they’ll be pretty competitive,” Lewin said.
“I don’t see any reason why we can’t go on and win it, we’ve got a few guys playing some really good golf, so hopefully that continues.”
Parkes will also play in divisions two and four in Sunday’s semi-finals and will play Mudgee and Wellington respectively. Mudgee will also feature in division one, against Cowra.
In the other semi-finals, at Duntryleague, Dubbo faces Forbes in divisions one and four and plays Bathurst in divisions two and three.
I don’t see any reason why we can’t go on and win it.Wentworth division three captain Ethan Lewin
“All four divisions are in the semis and that’s great for the club,” Dubbo Golf Club professional Craig Mears said.
“All four head to Duntryleague to play on Sunday and I think most are quietly confident.
“It would be great to see all four in the final.”
In terms of the top grade, it’s tough to go past defending champions Mudgee as title favourites although Forbes look to be a smokey and Cowra is a complete unknown.
But, although they finished second in the pool section thanks to a loss to Duntryleague, Dubbo was the only side to beat the defending champions, led by Mark Hale.
“I said before the competition it was one of the strongest division one sides we’d had in quite some time,” Mears said of Dubbo’s top grade, made up of Michael Wherritt, Dave and Matt Gleeson, Matt Brown and Nick Coggan.
“The boys are playing well and in good form, it will be a good test and I know they’re quietly confident.”
Groups will begin teeing off in this weekend’s semi-finals, at Dubbo and Duntryleague, from 9am, with the finals the week after.
Cowra v Mudgee (division one), Parkes v Mudgee (division two), Parkes v Wentworth (division three), Parkes v Wellington (division four).
Dubbo v Forbes (division one), Dubbo v Bathurst (division two), Dubbo v Bathurst (division three), Dubbo v Forbes (division four).