Salsbury tames Wine Valley, wins Washington State Men’s Amateur title

Enumclaw’s Tyler Salsbury jokes his golf game is best-suited for links-style and mountain-goat layouts.

The owner of two sub-60 rounds at his hilly home course of Enumclaw Golf Course, Salsbury netted the biggest tournament victory of his career Thursday at wide-open Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla.

Salsbury closed with an even-par 71 to hold off future University of Washington teammate Frank Garber (68) and Richland’s Cole Lorenzo (69) for a one-stroke victory at the Washington State Men’s Amateur.

Salsbury’s three-round total of 4-under 209 was just good enough. He also won the Washington State Junior Golf Association state championship on this course in 2010.

“The biggest thing I can take away was that I was able to close out a tournament down the stretch,” said Salsbury, who will be a UW junior starting next season. “This summer I had been having a tough time … so it was big for me to know I can finish.”

He admitted missed short putts plagued him during qualifying rounds at the U.S. Amateur Public Links and U.S. Amateur, and during match play of the Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur last month.

“I made a little tweak in my grip with (swing instructor) Brian Mogg, who I have been seeing,” Salsbury said. “I decided to go with it this week, and trust it, even though this was the first time I had used it in a tournament.”

He grabbed a three-shot lead after making a birdie on the short par-4 13th hole. But he gave a shot back when he three-putted at No. 15.

He was told on the 17th green that his lead had been reduced to one stroke — and had to make a testy 4-footer for par on each of the last two holes to sew up the victory.

Gig Harbor’s Chris Tedesco, a Bellarmine Prep product now at Oregon State, closed with a 73 to finish tied for sixth at 213.