The Travis Invitational always has been close to Joe Saladino's heart, especially since 2008 when he won his quarterfinal match and then proposed to his then-girlfriend Sarah. The Huntington resident didn't win that year, although he has won just about every other amateur tournament around here since then. He skipped the 2009 Travis for the wedding.
He finally achieved that major goal at Garden City Golf Club on Sunday when he won the final hole and secured a 2-up victory over 2010 champion Ben Hayes, a former USC standout and former pro.
Saladino, the reigning Met PGA and Long Island Golf Association Player of the Year, credited local pro Kirk Oguri for fitting him with a new putter that helped on greens that drew raves from the international field. That helped him add his name to many distinguished champions of the 102-year-old tournament.
The 12th Annual Long Island Postal Customer Council Golf Outing will be June 6 at Hamlet Wind Watch in Hauppauge. Visit www.longislandpcc.com . . . K.C. Gallagher's Pub in Sea Cliff will host its 12th annual golf outing on June 11 at Glen Cove Golf Club. The event benefits children with special needs at AHRC Nassau's Brookville campus. Call (516) 676-9548.