Joe Saladino of Huntington shot 66 through the first 18 of his 41 holes Tuesday in one of the most dramatic finishes in the 56-year history of the Metropolitan Golf Association’s Ike Championship. Saladino, the defending MGA player of the year, made par on his 36th hole to force a playoff . He lost to Tommy McDonagh of Connecticut on the fifth extra hole at Somerset Hills in Bernardsville, N.J.
That was part of an extraordinary week of competition for Long Island golfers. Jim Liu, 15, of Smithtown made the two-round cut at the U.S. Amateur Public Links in Bandon, Oregon. Kyle Brey, also 15, of Farmingdale was the youngest entrant in that field. Kelly Shon of Port Washington, Annie Park of Levittown and Harin Lee of Bayside all made the cut at the concurrent U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links.
And Deepdale pro Darrell Kestner and Huntington native Brad Lardon were among the leaders at the PGA Professional National Championship in Hershey, Pa. The top 20 in that club pros event get to play in the PGA Championship in Atlanta this August.