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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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