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Hughes, Ambrose each advance to quarterfinals in City championships

WATERTOWN — Bob Hughes and James Ambrose became the latest former winners to reach the Watertown City Golf Championship quarterfinals, highlighting the completion of the championship flight’s second round of match play Wednesday at the Watertown Golf Club.

Hughes, who has won a record 13 titles including back-to-back crowns in 2013 and 2014, claimed a 4-and-3 victory over Steve Ahlgrim.

Ambrose, the 2009 champion, captured a 4-and-3 victory over Mike Bufalini, and Andrew Marks advanced with a 19-hole win over Rick Becker in Wednesday’s other championship flight match.

Ambrose and Hughes will face off in the quarterfinals, one of three matches consisting of former champions.

Five-time champion John Bufalini, who last won the title in 2012, will play 2003 champion Joe Tufo. Tufo has reached the championship match seven times and lost to Mike Burgess in last year’s quarterfinals.

Tim Phillips, the 1984 champion who reached the final in 2014, will be matched up against 2005 champion Adam Brown.

Marks, who reached the quarterfinals in 2014, will face Rick Algie in the quarterfinals. Both golfers are seeking their first City championship.

All quarterfinal matches will be played today and Friday at the Watertown Golf Club.

The winners of the Hughes-Ambrose and Phillips-Brown matchups will face off in the semifinals at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The Tufo-Bufalini and Marks-Algie winners will square off in Saturday’s semifinals and are slated for a 7:10 a.m. tee time.

The 36-hole championship match is scheduled for Sunday in the same location.