WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The 36 hole match play final of the 2019 Watertown Men's City Golf Championship took place Sunday at Ives Hill Country Club with defending champion Adam Brown meeting 6 time winner John Bufalini for the title.
Tee time was at 9 a.m. at Ives Hill as defending champion and top seed Adam Brown faced 6 time champion John Bufalini in the championship. Bufalini draws first blood on the par 3 3rd hole as he sinks the putt to go 1 up. On 4, Bufalini goes up 2 holes with a putt that just misses from long range.
Adam Brown nails a putt to halve the hole on 5 but misses the putt. John Bufalini goes up 3.
John Bufalini was playing steady golf while Adam Brown struggled. Bufalini up 5 after 8 holes.
But Brown regrouped, taking 9 and 10 to cut the Bufalini lead to 3. Brown then wins his 3rd hole in a row, taking 11 and cutting John Bufalini’s lead to 2 holes. Brown makes it 4 in a row as he has the putter working well, now it’s just a 1shot lead for Bufalini. Brown then ties the match up, winning his 5th straight hole. The game all even through 13 holes.
Bufalini stops the bleeding by winning the hole on 14, he’s one up. Then he sinks a putt to halve the 15th. Bufalini still up 1. To close out the morning round, Bufalini rattles a putt off the flag stick and in to go up 2 after the first 18.
Bufalini started the afternoon session with a great chip on 1, going up 3. Bufalini then sinks a putt to go up by 4 on the 22nd hole.
Brown sinks a long putt to halve the hole and stay within range. Then on the par 3 8th he birdies it to move to within 2.
We move to the 28th hole, where Bufalini sinks the putt to go back up by 4 with 8 holes to play. John Bufalini then pulls away, defeating Adam Brown 6 and 5. For Bufalini, it was an emotional 7th career victory in the City Golf Tournament.
The Watertown Rapids were on the road meeting Elmira Sunday night. At the top of the 5th, score: 3-0 Elmira. Alex Santos grounds out to short, and Vinnie DeRubies scores, cutting the Elmira lead to 3-1.
Top of the 9th, score: 8-1 Elmira. DeRubies scores on a wild pitch to get the Rapids to within 8-2 and that's how the game will finish.
The Rapids’ record falls to 13-19 on the season. They will travel to Adirondack on Wednesday.