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Elder Phillips one of five to advance to Watertown City Golf Championship quarterfinals

WATERTOWN — Tim Phillips claimed a bit of family revenge Tuesday at the Watertown City Golf Championship, highlighting a slate of second-round matches in the championship flight at the Watertown Golf Club.

Phillips, the 1984 city champion, captured a 3-and-1 victory over Brad Lalone, a South Jefferson graduate who golfed for Jefferson Community College before graduating this past May.

Lalone reached the second round by ousting Phillips’ son and the defending champion, Brian Phillips, in Sunday’s opening round of match play.

Three other golfers advanced to the championship flight quarterfinals on Tuesday, and five have qualified overall. Four of the five quarterfinal participants are former city champions.

Joe Tufo, who won the title in 2003 and has competed in five finals since 2002, claimed a 6-and-4 win over Brian Navarra.

Five-time city champion John Bufalini beat Chris Denesha, 3-and-2. Bufalini last reached the final in 2014.

Rick Algie, who fired the low score in Saturday’s qualifying round, beat Jeff Fallon in 20 holes. Algie reached the quarterfinals last year before losing to 18-time city champion Bob Hughes.

On Monday, former city champion and South Jefferson golf coach Adam Brown beat recent Watertown High School graduate Gabe Lafex, 6-and-4.

Other second-round matches featuring former champions like Hughes and James Ambrose, along with the quarterfinals, will be contested during the week.

The two semifinal matches are scheduled for Saturday at Watertown Golf Club and the 36-hole championship match is slated for Sunday at the same venue.

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