Bathurst Pennants 2023

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Jacob Lamb                                       Mick Stanford                                     Justin Sutton                                     Jacob Lamb

Pennants 2023 Report


Division 1 Bathurst vs Forbes  at Forbes

Bathurst 5/0 loss

The Forbes Golf Club is to be commended for their club spirit, as we all know the golf course has been under water twice in the space of 6 months and when talking to Steve Betland the last flood was over the railway line, standing on the second fairway it really is hard to imagine. So, on the day there were 2 temporary greens in play but the rest of the course was in perfect condition.

Jacob Lamb led the team out and while he played ok never really got going eventually losing to J Bernardi 5/3

Steve McDonald played the ever green Pete Dawson both players put on a real show which at time looked like pro golf Steve rallied being 2 down for most of the day he made a nice par on the 17th and then hit his tee shot on 18 to 2 feet for an easy birdie forcing extra holes but a wild tee shot on the 19th and Pete Dawson seized his chance closing out with a nice par. Just a side note Kris Satathopoulos from Mudgee had the best start to a Pennants match I’ve ever seen with 3 birdies and an eagle in the first 6 holes to be 6 up after 6, it was good to watch

Justin Sutton was up against the ever-steady Shane Sallaway and their match went all the way to the last hole 1 up loss

Reece Hodson played Steve Betland and this match went all the way to the 18th for a narrow 1 up loss

Mick Stanford made a welcome return to Pennants but came up against a red-hot John Betland who made a lot of birdies, a loss 4/3

I watched all the action and all the lads played well but Forbes came out firing as I thought they would, after not having a course to play on, well done to the Forbes boys who always play the game in great spirit and humour.

Division 2

Bathurst 3/2 loss


Thanks for a great effort today. Unfortunately, a 3/2 loss makes things a little trickier, but we’ll get on with it next week and see what happens.
Team results from position 5 to 1
5 – Rory Elphick- 1 down. Lost on 18th – didn’t see much of Rory as his match was just a 2 ball and he finished 45 mins ahead of everyone else, but told me he played well and was unlucky at the final hole.
4 – Trev Simm – won on the 1st extra hole Great match. Tough opponent. Really solid back nine. Deserved the win, with a putt taking a hard lip out early on that surely would have dropped 9 out of 10 times and seen him finishing earlier otherwise.
3 – Tony Forster- Won 5/3. Tough going early, but able to pull ahead mid round, birdies on our 11th & 15th holes, closing the match out
2- Matt Bennett – lost one down. In the match all day, square for most of it. Great par at the last not quite enough to peg back a lucky birdie made by his opponent on the 17th.
1 – Tony Wilds- lost 3/2 – battled the grainy greens and a lack of luck with the bounce.

Dubbo at Bathurst next week

Tony Forster


Division 3

Bathurst 3/2 loss

Match 5

David Clews 3/1 up

A back-and-forth match until the 12th hole when David won 3 straight holes and held off his opponent to the end

Match 4

Mick Lesberg 1/3 down

Another back-and-forth match with Mick holding a one-hole advantage with 7 holes to play the. His opponent went on a strong par run pulling away in the end.

Match 3

Jason Woodyatt 3/1 up

Jason got off to a flyer

Getting out to 6 up then he took the pedal off and his opponent pulled a few back but Jason held his nerve and finished off on the 17th

Match 2

Jim Schumacher 1dn

Probably match of the day seesawing. With 5 to play Jim was 3 down and pulled it back going down the 18th with a 2ft putt to send it to a play off. Unfortunately, the putt lipped out.

Match 1

Matt Lester 1/3dn

Matt staged a comeback towards the end of his match but when his opponent nailed a 20ft putt for birdie with 3 to play and Matt lipped the next hole for a win the horse had bolted. Report David Clews


Division 4 Team                                                            Dylan Sargent


Division 4 Team

Bathurst 3/2 win



Division 4 Report.  Dylan Sargent had a great result on debut 6/5 as did Adrian Urban 5/4.  I played very steady while my opponent had trouble off the tee and with the greens. Simon Dundon had a bit of bad luck breaking a club in an endeavour to get back in his match 3/2 loss and Rob Haines lost the last couple of holes after a very tight match up until that point 3/1. A narrow win for Division 4.  The elusive division 4 pennant is still alive go the lads

Report Martin Everett

The Next Round will be at Bathurst with an 8:30 tee off time sharp registration 8:00 so get there early, the President will have the BBQ on so feel free to give him a hand.

Division 3 & 4 travel to Cowra tee off is at 9:00 sharp registration at 8:30





Round 2

Division 1

Bathurst vs Mudgee at home

Bathurst 5/0 win

Steve McDonald

Don’t underestimate a home course advantage with Bathurst defeating the Andrew Best led Mudgee

Reece Hodson who was beaten on the 18th last week continued his good form with a comfortable win over Andrew Best 3/2

Steve McDonald accounted for Josh Knott 3/1 in a seesawing match which saw Steve surge home on the last few holes

Mick Stanford had a tight tussle with power hitting Dallas Kelly winning 2/1 Mick was under an injury cloud but soldiered on for the win (beware the sick golfer) well done

Justin Sutton Mr pennants played Josh Campbell and looked in control all day running away for 3/2 win

Phil Campbell versed Kris Satathopoulos hope I spelt that right, Kris couldn’t replicate last weeks hot start. What a luxury to have Phil playing at 5 the control over his ball flight would make Gavin Coles smile. Up early in his match and never looked troubled 4/3 win

So where does that leave Bathurst, with a convincing win next week and with some favourable results, the finals are still possible (go team)

Division 2

Bathurst vs Dubbo

Bathurst loss 3/2

Great efforts from all team members today. Unfortunately not the result we wanted losing 3/2 to Dubbo, with all 3 losses going down to the 18th. I can’t fault the play of the team as selected, everyone playing to their ability or better which is all you can ask.
Individual results.
Number 5 Rory Elphick led the team well today. Played some excellent golf with steady straight driving and great skills around the greens. I was able to watch his last few holes. He had quite a gallery on 18 as his birdie just burned the edge and his opponent bashing his 15 foot birdie into the back of the cup to steal the result away from Rory. Great effort from our youngest team member.
No 4 – Andrew James. Nervy start for our debutante, but was up at the turn, only to have his opponent go bananas on the back nine, both players effectively shooting in the low 70’s and another tough loss on 18 for our team.
No 3 – Trev Simm, backing up from his win last week, Trev took on the challenge at no 3 and was well in his match all day. His Dubbo opponent made 2 miracle escapes on the last few holes to pinch it from Trev, again on the 18th hole. A pattern developing of heart breaking loses at the death.
No 2 – Tony Wilds. Didn’t see much of Tony’s match as he had it in hand with an awesome 6/5 win. Great team spirit shown as he kept around the guys still battling until the end.
No 1 – Tony Forster. Solid game knocking off his opponent 5/4. Cheered on Rory and Andrew to the final hole after finishing his match.
Big thanks to Glyn Daunt, spending time on the course today, cheering the guys on and feeding updates back to the team captain. Great club spirit Glyn

Last round next week at Wentworth GC in Orange. Let’s find a win and finish with a bang

Report Tony Forster

Division 3 Peter Morgan

Bathurst vs Wellington

Bathurst loss 3/2

Match 5
David Clews got off to a flyer winning 3 of the first 5 holes. His seasoned opponent started pegging back the deficit after 12 holes then 3 straight birdies took it away. 3/1 down
Match 4
Was a great back and forth game with Blake Arthur getting ahead early before a string of holes had him 2 back. To his credit he won the last 3 holes to finish 1up
Match 3
Jason Woodyatt came up against a opponent who really made it tough for him to get into the match. The day was telling when Jason popped his ball on the roof of McDonald’s.
Jason started a spirited come back with a 30ft par save before losing a ball on the 16th hole that landed in middle of fairway. 3/1dn
Match 2
Peter Morgan struggled with distance control and coming from quicker greens in Bathurst couldn’t get the speed of the slow Cowra greens. 4/3dn
Match 1
Dean OBrien showed he is one of the best players in Div3 and could surely hold his own in Div 2. Taking on the super long hitting Cody.  His consistency showed with a 4/3 win.
Report David Clews
Division 4
Bathurst vs Wellington
Bathurst win 3/2
Martin EverettAlex Gale Greg Malligan

Doug Masters playing at 5 led the team out and looked really rusty being 4 down at one stage, but he hung around all day winning a hole every so often flashing me the thumbs up and by the 16th hole the match was all square, then Doug holed a nice putt on there 17th and he was 1up with one to go. Maybe it was nerves but his tee shot on the 18th was well, the less said the better, all square extra holes the 19th was halved and then in a moment of redemption his tee shot on the 20th sailed straight and true just short of the green, he chipped up to 15 foot and 2 putted for as it turned out, his and the teams win, well done young man.

Greg Malligan came into the team at 4 and looked steady early but also found himself  2 down, but then on the back 9 started to find his groove winning on the 17th 2/1 a much needed point

Martin Everett at 3 was coming off a good win last week but his opponent was a quarter of his age and a 100metres longer off the tee but Martin chipped and putted nicely all day to keep himself in the match much to the bemusement of his rival who got a bit testy at times. Martins match went to the 17th where length was a deciding factor great effort and good viewing.

Alex Gale at 2 came into the side after being overseas and looked rusty with tee shots going left and right, to his credit he tried hard all day but succumbed on the 16th

Dylan Sargent at 1 looked a class above making lots of pars and keep his foot down and never let up basically ignoring his opponent and just playing the course finishing 6/5 I saw all the action and was delighted with the never say die attitude, that said lets keep winning and see what happens. (see at training.)

Rd 3 the teams travel to Wellington 3/4s and the 1/2s go to Orange it will be hot don’t forget the sunscreen good luck.

Reece flexing muscles                       Phil ( hurry up you guys I’m finished)

Bathurst vs Wentworth Bathurst win 5/0 at Wentworth

It was panic stations Saturday afternoon with the news that Jacob Lamb would be unavailable for Sunday having injured his hand during the day and was unable to hold a club let alone swing it. Darryn Bruce entered the team at 5.

The teams situation was win 5 zip and hope that Mudgee beat Forbes at least 3/2 then we are Finals bound

At 5 Darryn Bruce got off to a hot start hitting the flags on the first 2 par 3s and was 2 up after 9, then a 2 foot birdie on the 10th had Scott Kennedy chasing the game, Darryn with a comfortable win 2/1

At 4 Phil Campbell accounted for Tyler Mendham with Wenty suiting Phils accurate game Tyler tried hard but was never a match Phil winning 6/5

At 3 Justin Sutton defeated the ever chatty Nathan Atkinson whose wayward driving allowed Justin to have full control over his opponent 3/2 win for Bathurst

At 2 Steve bulldog McDonald came out cold and was 2 down until the back nine, then came a good rally and Graig Sugden couldn’t answer Steve’s birdies 3/2 win

At 1 Reece got word that everyone else was winning their matches and with a masterful display of putting put the hammer down to victory against Jordan Clark 5/4

Word was that Forbes had lost 2 matches already, Shane Salaway won his match on the 18th making it 2 all, and John Betland and Andrew Best were playing the 19th But Andrews 3 putt on the first extra hole sunk the Bathurstians hearts and we were out just like that, it was all very exciting towards the end of the day but alas division 1 pennants is hard. Congratulations to Forbes who will play in the finals and a special thanks to all of Justin Suttons team who played with great spirit and tenacity, close again, next year.

The Tale of two Tonys  Tony Wilds and Tony Forester

Division 2 Bathurst wins 3/2

And the season ends for Division 2. While we fell short of finals, we definitely made our presence known. A win over Cowra 3 matches to 2 was a great way to finish the season.
Thanks to all the boys who played this year.
From 15 matches we won 7 and lost 8.  7 of those losses were on the 18th green, showing we were more than competitive all through the season. Can’t wait to see how we get on next year!
Match results
Number 5 Glyn Daunt-
First match for the year for Glyn and he set off with a great shot on his opening hole, the par 3 fifth at Wenty.
Caught him on his 11th hole and was just one down, but a strong finish, winning his 17th & 18th holes to win 2 up and Irish eyes were smiling!
Number 4 Andrew James – Another cracking shot on the 5th to start his day and AJ was away. I didn’t see AJ again until he was sitting enjoying a beer in the clubhouse following a strong 3&2 win. The match play/pennant bug has bitten AJ hard and he’s already talking up next year!!
Number 3 Matt Bennett – A good win to end the campaign for Matt. Was happy with his play and finished strong, winning 4&3. Kept the ball on the fairways and made sure he finished close to the clubhouse!!
Number 2 Tony Wilds – A tough final day for Tony. In the match all day, back and forth, one down playing his 18th hole, trying to take it to extra holes. Halved his last hole (Wenty’s 4th) to lose 1 down.
Number 1 Tony Forster – Grinding match all day. 1 up early, 2 down mid round. Back to square playing the last, but a poor, poor chip in front of Wildsy and it was done, 1 down. With the two Tony’s then sharing the long walk back to the clubhouse from the fourth green.

Tony Forster

Division 3 Bathurst win 3/2

The boys held on in the heat for a much needed victory be to keep their chances alive.
Match 5 saw Blake Arthur dropping a few holes before grinding his way back. Driving the ball well, keeping his opponent at bay and he got up 3/2.
Match 4 had Matt Lester up against a big hitting opponent who probably should be in a lower division. It was an arm wrestle early then he dropped a few holes. Lost ball on the 13th effectively ended any chance of a victory. 6/5 dn
Match 3 Jason Woodyatt hit a lot of fairways and greens to put pressure on his opponent. Getting a 2up lead and holding that to seal it on the last with a great putt. Well played mate.
Match2 Jimmy Schumacher played consistent golf as usual but with his opponent sinking bombs, including a 30footer from off the green to steal holes he couldn’t catch a break. Eventually going down 5/4.
Match 1. Dean O’Brien was down early before getting even and then getting a solid lead however Parkes no 1 wouldn’t go away. So it took Dean’s best golf to shut him out walking away victorious  3/2.
Report David Clews
Division 4 Bathurst vs Mudgee 3/2 win to Mudgee
 5s Doug Masters played beautifully leading the team out with a calmness that comes with experience and never looked troubled against Allen Birchall 3/2 win
4s Rod Haines had a dog fight with Brett Murphy all day in the hot conditions exchanging holes til the 19th losing an epic struggle.
3s Simon Dundon is quickly getting the hang of match play, Taming  Kevin Parker (sorry Kev couldn’t help myself) on the 19th for Bathurst’s second win
2s Captain Greg Malligan is still in shock losing to Zac Doherty 4/3, saying he wasn’t being able to replicate last weeks form
1s Dylan Sargent was the big surprise losing to Tony Isles 6/5, this makes it interesting, as it stands we are tied with Mudgee with a 2 game advantage and 1 round to go, so let see all of the players at training on Wednesday, so Matt can iron out any kinks in our games !
Division 4 Bathurst vs Wentworth at Mudgee
Greg ,Simon and Doug starting on the 16th at Mudgee Greg Malligan

Captains Report

Division 4 pennants at Mudgee
Playing at five, Doug Cole got off his usual steady start, he chipped away all day and towards the end of the round pulled out a substantial lead, ended up winning 3/1
Playing at four, Greg Malligan‘s match was a Titanic struggle and I’m going to leave the description for later on in the report as it went to the 20th hole
Playing at three, Simon Dundon used his excellent eye hand coordination skills to excel with driving off the tee.  His match went all the way to 15th losing 3/2.
Playing at two, Alex Gale had a back and forth struggle that lasted till 17th another loss for Bathurst, 2/1
Playing at one Dylan Sargent was expected to win by the captain of Bathurst and he did not disappoint with booming drives and good putting he won 5/3

This gave Bathurst a two all start with Greg Malligan‘s match pending as it went to the 20th hole.

Lost opportunities on the green on the first extra hole and then a nice 5 foot putt was all that was needed on the 20th hole to secure the victory for Bathurst
That gives Bathurst 3 wins from 4 matches.

Mudgee will need a 5 nil win to knock us out of the finals next weekend but Parkes loom as our biggest threat only needing a 3/2 win to deny us of a finals berth

Division 3 had the bye and play this weekend at Wellington .

Division 2 and 1 where eliminated

Simon Dundon

Another good weekend of golf at Mudgee.

Interesting results in all 4 Divisions. Results have been posted on our CWDGA website.

This weekend sees us travelling to Wellington.

At this stage all 4 divisions will be decided this weekend. Must wins for some.

Division 1:

Dubbo on top, but do not play this weekend. Can Cowra knock off Wellington at their home course? If they do, Dubbo will have it and will Play Forbes

Division 2:

Wentworth looking really strong.

Division 3:

Wellington looking good. They are up against Cowra. If Cowra get a good win, they can take them down.

Division 4:

Bathurst in the lead with a slight margin. However, they do not play this week. This division is open for the taking. Parkes up against Mudgee. If Parkes win, they will have it. If they lose and depending on scores, it is a possibility that Mudgee can get there again.

Division 3 at Wellington Rd4

Great 3/2 over Duntry today.
Match 5 David Clewsy in a tight tussle which went 21 holes before a 12ft birdie putt by his opponent put an end to it.  1dn
Match 4 Blake Author, undefeated this year. Dominant over Duntry’s captain 5/4.
Match 3 Jason Woodyatt had a tough game eventually overcoming a tough opponent with 2 birdies in a row to take match 3/2
Match 2 Peter Morgan. Peter called it redemption after his defeat at Cowra. Coming down to his 17th hole up 1 with a 220m par 3. With 3 of his team urging him on, put it in the middle of the green.
Match 1. Dean held his own with his opponent almost holing out from 40meters and going up 1 with 2 to play. The Duntry league player shanked his tee shot on the long par 3 leaving himself 100 out and Dean putting his 15m in front of green. The
Duntry player hit the shot of the day from a fairway over, covering 10 trees to put is 30cm from pin. A heartbreaker for Dean who went on to lose 2dn
 Report by Captain Clews
That brings the Pennants for 2023 to a close, all teams missing the Finals           I’m already fired up for next year  Lets go Bathurst.