WATERTOWN — Joe Tufo defeated Andrew Marks on a one-hole playoff to claim medalist honors during qualifying Saturday for the Watertown City Golf Championship tournament at Ives Hill Country Club.
Tufo and Marks each shot a 5-over-par 77 during rainy and windy conditions to lead all qualifiers and place second and third, respectively, in seeding for the tournament. Last year’s tournament winner, Adam Brown, automatically qualified for the top seed by virtue of last summer’s victory.
Tournament first-round matches were scheduled to get underway at 8 a.m. Sunday at Ives Hill.
David Marconi won the fourth seed by shooting a 78, followed by 2012 runner-up Chris Denesha in the fifth spot with a 79. Six-time winner John Bufalini also shot a 79 for the sixth seed, followed by 14-time winner Bob Hughes at the seventh seed, also with a 79. Brandon Mothersell also scored a 79 for the eighth seed.
Last year, Brown captured his second city golf tournament by defeating Tufo 5-and-4 in the championship flight 36-hole final at Watertown Golf Club. Both Brown and Tufo scored upsets to reach the final, beating the respective No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, Bufalini and Hughes, in the semifinals.
Former city champions slated to compete in this year’s tournament include Brown, Tufo, Bufalini, Hughes, Brian Phillips (No. 21 seed) and James Ambrose (No. 22). 2016 city tournament runner-up Rick Algie is seeded 13th.
The tournament continues this week at Ives Hill with the semifinals on Saturday and the match-play final set for next Sunday.