HAVING to sit out last round with a bye will only make Bathurst’s Central West Districts Golf Association division one pennants team all the more eager to get back out on course and find the first win of the competition.
Bathurst went down to Cowra 3-2 in a heartbreaking opening round loss and have another chance to get their first victory when they play Forbes this Sunday.
Darryn Bruce, Scott Matheson, Ben Cummings, Julian Curran and Ben Mackey will be the Bathurst team travelling to Cowra Golf Club.
Bathurst will be out to get revenge for their 3-2 loss to Forbes in the corresponding round of last year’s competition, which coincidentally was also held at Cowra.
“They will still have all the same guys from last year. We went down 3-2 and unfortunately my match was the difference. I lost on the second playoff hole,” Bruce said.
“The whole competition is closely matched. I’m hoping we can get them this time.
“The only addition this time is Ben Cummings, our club champion, and he will be playing as the number one.
“Scott Matheson is playing and I think he’s the leading player across the Central West at the moment. He won his match in the opening round 5 and 3, plus he’s been shooting a couple of under par rounds on the Bathurst course so he’s in great form at the moment.
“Julian Curran had his first pennants win in the opening round and we’ve got one of our promising juniors Ben Mackey playing as well.
“I didn’t have a win last year and I lost on the last hole again the other round. I’ve bumped myself down to number five for this one. Hopefully it’s just a matter of time before I can get that win.”
Bruce said Bathurst has the potential to do well across all divisions this Sunday.
“Our division two team were really unlucky in the first round. They lost 4-1 but every game went to extra holes. That could have gone either way,” he said.
“Division three had a convincing 4-1 win and the last one came down to extra holes.
“The division four team had a big loss but the only one who got up was our late inclusion into the side, Al Hammond, and that’s why I named him the player of the round.”
In division one Cowra (2.6) remain unbeaten after two rounds. A win for Forbes (1.4) over Bathurst will allow them to stay in touch with the leaders.
Parkes (0.3) and Bathurst (0.2) are yet to get off the mark in Pool B.
In Pool A Duntryleague (2.6) lead the way after two close wins while Dubbo (1.6), Mudgee (1.4), Wellington (0.2) and Wentworth (0.1) give chase.