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Mickelson defeats Saladino, 3 and 1

      Joe  Saladino played well this morning, but he couldn't make enough birdies to overcome the lead built yesterday evening by Tim Mickelson. And Mickelson held on to win the Round of 16 match, 3 and 1, at the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Bridgehampton's Atlantic Golf Club.

        It ended a solid week for Saladino, the Huntington resident  who is in the running for the MGA Player of the Year Award. He believes he has improved enough to win his first national tournament. He said that he just wasn't driving well enough today to overcome the San Diego resident and younger brother of Masters champion Phil Mickelson.

         Saladino said he didn't put the ball in good enough positions to be aggressive for birdies, and Mickelson made so many pars that birdies were needed. Saladino cut the deficit to one with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 15th, but sent his tee shot on 16 left and lost that hole. "It was a great week," he said.

         The week still is going on for Mickelson, who had about 20 minutes to grab a sandwich and head back out to the 1st tee ro play Todd Burtgan of Knoxville, Tennessee in the quarterfinal round.