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Salsbury Wins 88th Washington State Amateur
Tyler Salsbury of Enumclaw, Wash. Closed with an even-par 71 to win the 88th Washington State Amateur at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash.
Salsbury, who will be a junior on the men's golf team at the University of Washington, started Thursday's third and final round with a two-shot lead after scores of 68-70. His 71 was enough for a one-stroke victory over Frank Garber of Kirkland, Wash. and Cole Lorenzo of Richland, Wash.
"Growing up (in Enumclaw) this was the one tournament I really wanted to win," said Salsbury. "It really feels awesome. And I really love this golf course." Salsbury also won the only other championship he played at Wine Valley, the 2011 WJGA Junior State Championship.
"I got off to such a good start the first two rounds, quickly under par both times," Salsbury said. "Today I'm 2-over after four holes and I'm thinking 'Oh my gosh, what am I doing.' "
Salsbury turned it around and stood on the 18th tee with a one-shot lead. Garber was already finished, and Lorenzo was playing in the group ahead of Salsbury, who was in the final pairing. "I was playing for birdie (on the last hole)," Salsbury said. "But when I saw Cole make par, I felt a little better."
Salsbury two-putted for par to seal the win.
Garber, the reigning PNGA Junior Boys' Player of the Year, shot a 3-under par 68. Lorenzo shot the low round of the championship in the first round, firing a 5-under par 66. But he stumbled to a 75 in the second round, but rebounded with 69 in the final round to tie for second with Garber.
Past champions of the Washington State Amateur include Fred Couples, Alex Prugh, Brock Mackenzie, Kermit Zarley, John Bodenhamer, and PNGA Hall of Famers Al Mengert, Bud Ward, Jack Westland and Harry Givan, among many others.
For more information about the Washington State Amateur and all scores, visit www.thewsga.org.