Miller leads New York to Men's State Team title

Joseph Saldino, Mike Miller and Max Buckley of the New York squad that won the USGA's Men's State Team Championship.

Joseph Saldino, Mike Miller and Max Buckley of the New York squad that won the USGA's Men's State Team Championship.

Mike Miller led New York to its first-ever victory in the USGA Men's State Team Championship on Sept. 21 at Galloway (N.J.) National Golf Club. Miller, 20, of Brewster, N.Y., shot a final-round 68 to lead New York to a six-shot victory, the largest winning margin since 1997.

New York finished at 2-over 428 (145-140-143). Teams counted the low two scores among three team members each round.

Miller also was the individual medalist, shooting 4-under 209 (72-69-68) to win by eight shots over Florida's Jon Veneziano and Pennsylvania's Sean Knapp.

“[The championship] is something I will keep forever,” said Miller, who has aspirations of playing for the 2013 USA Walker Cup Team. “It’s really cool. To win individually and as a team, it hasn’t sunk in… for now I am more than elated.”

Max Buckley, a 2011 U.S. Amateur quarterfinalist, shot 219 (73-71-75) for New York, while Joe Saladino fired 79-80-82.

Iowa finished in second, one shot ahead of Tennessee.

New York's previous best finish was fifth in the inaugural playing in 1995.

The Men’s State Team Championship is conducted biennially by the United States Golf Association. The men’s and women’s competitions are held in alternating years. Each state is responsible for selecting its team and the players must reside in that state to be eligible. All 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, are represented in the 2012 field.

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