By Cassie Stein, Golfweek
Tyler Salsbury broke his own course record on Thursday evening at Enumclaw (Wash.) Golf Course, and it wasn’t just any course record.
Salsbury shot 13-under 57 at the par-70 5,561-yard course, a municipal golf course that Salsbury calls his home course. His round included nine birdies and two eagles and only 22 putts.
The last known 57 was former Alabama standout Bobby Wyatt when he was just 17 during the Alabama Boys State Junior Championship.
Salsbury, a rising junior at Washington, had fallen asleep on the couch watching TV when his father came home from work. He woke him up and asked if he wanted to go play nine holes. He got up and threw on a tee shirt, and he and his dad, Dave, were at the course in less than five minutes.
With a big par save on No. 2 that really got his round going – “my hybrid approach shot was right of the green and I left my chip in awkward spot. I had about 15 feet left and I stepped up and watched it go in,” he said. – he went on to birdie Nos. 6-8 and added an eagle at No. 9 for his big stretch of under-par golf.
“My dad said to me, ’You know, you’re playing pretty well, we may have to play 18,’ and I didn’t really want to, to be honest, but I said, ‘If I eagle No. 9, we’ll keep playing.’”
Sure enough, he turned in 28 after an eagle at the par-5 ninth with a hybrid from 250-yards out.
“I stuck it to 5 feet,” Salsbury added.
The twosome continued as Salsbury added another birdie at the 10th.
A few holes later, a few more birdies, Salsbury got to the tricky par-5 16th. It after he eagled, that he realized that he was 12 under through 16 holes.
“I was like, oh geez.”
He pared the 17th and birdied the 18th for 57. As mentioned, he broke his previous course record, which was 59 when he was a junior in high school, and he had bogeyed the last hole.
“That put a bitter taste in my mouth, so it was nice to finally get revenge,” Salsbury said.
“Honestly I was just playing golf. I was trying not to think about any score and make things easy for myself. Keep it simple.”
Salsbury, who has two hole-in-ones on his resume, said his father hadn’t seen either one.
“It was pretty cool to give him something like this,” the 20-year-old said. “Just me and my dad out there. It was pretty awesome.”