Unfinished business for Parkes Division 2 team

Parkes Golf Club's Division 2 Central West District Golf Association pennants side have some unfinished business as they prepare for the final in Wellington this Sunday.

Phil Barnard, Joe van Opynen, Luke Clarke, Tim Burke, Brendan Chambers, Denis Howard, John Green, Finne Latu and David Stevenson.

Phil Barnard, Joe van Opynen, Luke Clarke, Tim Burke, Brendan Chambers, Denis Howard, John Green, Finne Latu and David Stevenson.

Highly favoured to take the crown last season, Parkes stumbled in the semi-final against Mudgee with Bathurst, a team Parkes had beat 4 - 1 in the round matches, claiming the pennant.

There were no such problems in last Sunday's semi-final against Duntryleague at Wellington with Parkes in control for most of the day and claiming a 3.5 - 1.5 victory.

Luke Clarke led the way for Parkes with a commanding 5 and 3 victory to get the side from Lachlan off to a good start.

Joe van Opynen continued his excellent form in Division 2 with a 5 and 4 victory in which he was always in control.

John Green was methodical in his match, wearing down his opponent to secure a solid 2 and 1 win with an excellent up and down on the penultimate hole after looking likely to lose it.

Green's match win secured victory for Parkes, earning them a berth in the final for the second time in three years.

Tim Burke and his opponent  agreed to halve their match which would have no influence on the final outcome.

Brendan Chambers lost the only match for Parkes, going up against former Parkes Spaceman, Todd Barrow.

John Green will be hoping to continue his good form when Parkes takes on Bathurst in the CWDGA Division 2 pennant final this Sunday.

John Green will be hoping to continue his good form when Parkes takes on Bathurst in the CWDGA Division 2 pennant final this Sunday.

Barrow was one under off the stick after five holes, seeing Chambers 5 down early.

The Parkes player showed a lot of determination to fight back against the in-form Barrow, eventually losing 3 and 2.

Parkes' Division 3 side were also in action last Sunday, taking on Wellington at Duntryleague.

Unfortunately, after winning all their pool matches 3 - 2, they were on the wrong end of the same score line last Sunday.

Parkes Division 2 captain, Denis Howard said his troops were up for a big effort on Sunday.

"As a team we realise we have work to do against Bathurst on Sunday," he said.

"We have a very strong team and excellent depth as well.

"There are probably nine or 10 players who could do a job in this team and we need to take advantage of our strength and bring back the pennant.

"We have let it slip through our fingers a bit the last two years, despite probably having the strongest side.

"We can't afford to let that happen again."