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Garden City golf tourney to remember caddie

The ruff second cut of Bethpage State Park's

The ruff second cut of Bethpage State Park's Black Course. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

The Cherry Valley Club in Garden City will host the third annual Keith R. Cerrato Caddie Golf Tournament on Monday in memory of a caddie who worked at the golf club.

The tournament, open to caddies from the metropolitan area, pays tribute to Cerrato, 24, who died when he was struck by a car as he crossed Hempstead Turnpike in December 2006. Cerrato, of Garden City, was a caddie at Cherry Valley for more than 10 years and also worked in the bag room and on the course.

“He was always the first person to volunteer and raise his hand,” Ed Kelly, Cherry Valley’s head professional golfer, said in a statement. “Whether it was early in the morning or after a tireless day, he always exhibited an infectious smile and a demeanor way beyond his years.”

In last year’s tournament, more than 80 caddies from more than 15 clubs throughout the metropolitan region were sponsored to play by their local clubs and members.

The day will include a practice range, lunch, golf, a putting contest and an awards dinner.

Net proceeds will go to the Keith Cerrato Charitable Fund Inc., which funds two scholarships for underprivileged students at Hofstra University and Chaminade High School, both of which Cerrato attended.

For more information, contact Keith Cerrato’s mother, Mary Lou Cerrato, at 516-456-3384 or via email at



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