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Thompson Park’s giant golf ball has been returned

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The giant golf at the golf course in Thompson Park is back.

The golf ball sign was returned Tuesday afternoon.

“It wasn’t there when I went out and then I went out again, it was there,” golf course manager Jordan Northrop said.

For weeks, the missing golf ball was a thorny issue for some city officials. The ball was removed by former Watertown Golf Club owner Michael E. Lundy and then taken to Ives Hill Country Club on Flower Avenue West as an April Fool’s prank.

Mayor Jeffrey M. Smith wasn’t amused and threatened to have Mr. Lundy arrested.

But the golf ball was placed in the same spot at the city’s newly acquired golf course at about 3:40 p.m.

The city has renamed the 18-hole course the Thompson Park Golf Course.

The ball no longer has the Watertown Golf Club logo, It’s been painted over.

“No one saw it returned,” Mr. Northrop said. “Don’t know who brought it back.”

The city purchased the Watertown Golf Club for $3.4 million from Mr. Lundy in January. The purchase has been a political hot potato, mainly for its price.

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Cute Dog Walking Around Golf Course has Collected 6,000 Lost Golf Balls Which Are Donated to Charities

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An eagle-eyed pooch has become an expert at finding lost golf balls in London, so much so that he’s helping provide golf charities with the balls they need to teach kids around the world.

Charles Jefferson must have felt he hit a hole-in-one when one day his dog, a cavapoo named Marlo, emerged from the bushes with a pristine tour-grade ball on the puppy’s first visit to a local London golf course.

Jefferson, a top-level amateur golfer for four decades who used to work with the European Tour, realized that a retrieved mint condition Titleist Pro V1 retails for around £3.50, and that his Marlo might have a unique ability for finding lost balls.

He spent the next six years walking up and down courses with Marlo, watching and chatting, and getting out in the open air.

Between Mitcham Golf Club and Wimbledon Common Golf Club, Mr. Jefferson and Marlo filled dresser drawers with golf balls, but rather than a single instance of selling around 600 to a mate, he never had any interest with the “retrieval market” a cottage industry that’s cropped up around recovering golf balls.

As an advertising and branding agent, Jefferson leapt at the chance to turn Marlo’s abilities into a force for good after he heard of a donation drive to promote the prevention of litter from lost golf balls.

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Proposal surfaces for city to purchase Watertown Golf Club

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Oct. 14—WATERTOWN — Two developers at the center of a controversy involving the Watertown Golf Club at Thompson Park have come up with a way to resolve the club’s long-standing issues with the city.

Developers Michael A. Lundy and P.J. Simao are proposing that the city buy the nine holes that Mr. Lundy owns at the golf course.

City Manager Kenneth A. Mix confirmed Thursday that talks are “continuing” with Mr. Lundy about the city purchasing the portion of the golf club that Mr. Lundy owns. The club owns holes one through six and 16 to 18 of the course, while the city owns the others.

Council members have talked about the issue twice during executive sessions in recent weeks, but it appears that the deal was not moving forward.

Several weeks ago, Mr. Lundy and Mr. Simao met with Mr. Mix, Councilwoman Lisa A. Ruggiero and city attorney Robert J. Slye about the proposal.

Mayor Jeffrey M. Smith, who did not attend the meeting, opposes the deal, saying that the proposed price for the city to acquire the property is too high. He would not say how much was being asked for the property, but said that it exceeds the $3.1 million that it cost to build the pool at Thompson Park.

“No way for that price,” he said.

Under the proposal, the deal would end all litigation against the city involving the golf course and it would allow Ives Hill Country Club, which Mr. Simao owns, to reopen.

If the deal can be consummated, Mr. Simao would not pursue future legal action. In recent years, he has kept Ives Hill closed.

Over the years, the golf club has been the source of legal battles with both developers, much of it involving how golf club members have parked on city-owned land at the park.

Mr. Simao also has accused the city of subsidizing the golf club by allowing a below-market lease for the city-owned land used by the golf course.

Most recently, Mr., Lundy became incensed that zoning for the land he owns at the golf club would change under sweeping zoning changes proposed by the city.

Under the proposed changes, Mr. Lundy’s property would be rezoned from residential to open area for park land, thus ending Mr. Lundy’s plans to possibly someday build homes on it.

While he would not talk about selling the land to the city, Mr. Lundy made it known on Thursday night exactly how he feels about the zoning change, which would prohibit his plans to build houses on his property.

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Sunday Sports: Match play kicks off in Watertown City Golf Tournament

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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Match play in the 2021 Watertown Men’s City Golf Championship kicked off Sunday at the Watertown Golf Club with the top 32 golfers in the championship flite competing for the title.

We start out with top seed Bob Hughes as he met Taylor Reardon. On the 4th hole, Hughes was up 1 with the chip for birdie that comes up short. He settles for par. Then it was Reardon with a chance for birdie to even the match. He misses and pars the hole. Hughes still 1 up. On the 5th hole, it was Hughes with the long putt to save par but he’s off the mark. Reardon puts his tee shot within 2 feet and birdies to win the hole, but Hughes wins the match 3 and 2.

2nd seed Matthew Barton met Sam Cavallario. It was Cavallario with the birdie opportunity but it slides left of the hole. Then it was Barton with a chance for birdie to win the hole but his putt goes just right. Barton goes on to beat Cavallario 1 up.

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Prodigy finds fairway from rough

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse City School District hadn’t produced a scholarship college golfer in decades until Corcoran high school grad George Chesna came along.

Take a look at his head cover and you know right away who George Chesna’s favorite golfer is.

“My grandfather got me into it, but, you know, Tiger’s my inspiration and definitely someone I look up to,” Chesna says.

But idolizing Tiger Woods doesn’t make George unique. His skin color does–an African-American 17-year old excelling in a sport that’s still overwhelmingly white.

“I wish there were more, more younger kids that were a minority, or in the city school district that were into the sport. But, it’s not something that you see everybody that is my color doing it,” Chesna says.

Take a look at his swing, and you’d think George has been doing this for years. And, technically, you’re right.

“Two years. ‘Wait, you just started playing golf two years ago?’ Just started playing golf two years ago,” Chesna says.

And playing it so well, the scholarship offers have been pouring in. He’s had 15 offers.

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