Enumclaw’s Tyler Salsbury is doing things in golf this week at the 48th Pacific Coast Amateur he has never done — or seen — before.
It is because the four-round tournament is at Pine Canyon Club, which is at an elevation of 7,000 feet in Flagstaff, Arizona.
“I tried laying up on a long par 5,” said Salsbury, a University of Washington golfer. “And I ended up hitting a 4-hybrid tee shot 380 yards.”
Former University of Maryland golfer Andrew McCain had no such difficulty adjusting to the crazy altitude. He set the course record of 8-under-par 62 for a three-stroke lead after the first round Tuesday.
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Mark Anguiano, the recent winner of the Sahalee Players Championship, and Clancy Waugh were tied for second at 65.
Salsbury started off with a 70 and was tied for 22nd. He was at 4-under before missing a string of short par-saving putts.
“I got off to a really good start, which is all you can ask for in a big tournament,” Salsbury said. “But at this elevation … it is hard to commit to a yardage if you don’t trust it.”
Former LPGA Tour winner leads Northwest Women’s Open: Cindy Rarick, who won five times on the LPGA Tour as Cindy Flom, shot a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Northwest Women’s Open at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way.
Rarick, who plays on the LPGA Legends Tour, was the only golfer to post a round in the 60s. Australia’s Katy Jarochowicz was in second after a 71, and defending champion Lindsay Aho of Brush Prairie was three strokes off the pace after a 72.
Former Clover Park High School star Sung Ea Lee (76) was tied for 12th.
Strickland takes top spot in U.S. Amateur qualifying: It might have been the most beneficial provisional tee shot he had ever hit — and it helped Mukilteo’s Mark Strickland reach his first U.S. Amateur.
Strickland, the No. 1 golfer at Western Washington University, shot a 2-under 68 in the afternoon round and was medalist (even-par 140) at U.S. Amateur qualifying at Tumble Creek Club in Roslyn.
His final round got off to a rough start. He made double bogey on the first hole, No. 10, to drop to 4-over for the tournament. On the next hole, a par 3, he pulled his tee shot into deep rough.
Hitting a provisional, he hit his second ball inches from the flagstick.
“I found something on that swing,” he said.
He eventually found his first tee ball, got up and down to save par, then made four birdies the rest of the way.
Tacoma Junior City Championship coming soon: The 57th annual Tacoma Junior City Championship will be at Allenmore Golf Course from July 28-30.
The tournament is open to boys and girls from ages 12-17. Entry fee is $35 for the 54-hole event. To apply, go to tgagolf.org.