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Saladino repeats as Travis winner

Joe Saladino hits off the tee during a

Joe Saladino hits off the tee during a Long Island golf event. (July 8, 2011) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

When Joe Saladino won the Travis Invitational last year, adding the venerable international amateur tournament at Garden City Golf Club to his long list of titles, he figured he couldn't top that. Then he did.

Saladino, of Huntington, won the 103rd Travis recently, his second in a row, with high drama. In the final match against Mike Miller of Westchester, a U.S. Walker Cup candidate, he made a 60-foot putt in the rain on the third extra hole. It brought the Travis even closer to his heart and continued a roll for the 33-year-old. Saladino had won the prestigious Havemeyer at Southward Ho a week earlier.


The Seventh Annual Samantha Britton Memorial Golf Tournament, to help families of children with terminal cancer, will be June 17 at Brookville Country Club. It is held in memory of Samantha, who died at 7 in 2007. Visit . . . The annual outing to benefit the Brian Hocker Trust will be July 22 at West Sayville GC. Funds go for rehabilitation, equipment and transformation for Brian, who nearly drowned in an accident eight years ago. Call 631-766-2019.


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