As we spotlight a new player each week we will provide an in depth look into her life on and off the course. This week be sure to read the buzz all about Lizette Salas and get to know her.
Rising LPGA star Lizette Salas living American dream
Lizette Salas smiled at the memory.
It was only a couple of years ago the Azusa resident was watching the LPGA on television and wondering what it would be like to test her talents against some of the world's best players.
Well, let's just say the 23-year-old never had any reason to be concerned with how she'd perform.
Salas, a four-time All-American at USC, has taken the tour by storm in this, her second season as a professional. She's sixth on the money list with $377,284 in nine events ($619,319 for her career), is fifth in scoring average and eighth in the Rolex Player of the Year standings, lost in a Lotte Championship playoff to Suzann Pettersen, came close to winning her first major at the Kraft Nabisco and is on the verge of earning a spot on the U.S. Solheim Cup team. More>>
Rising star Lizette Salas takes unconventional route
PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Lizette Salas had no choice but to take the road less traveled. Turns out it was an excellent adventure and the perfect path.
The rising American star, ranked No. 240 in the world just seven months ago, has risen to No. 18 and will be a solid contender this week in the Wegmans LPGA Championship at Locust Hill Country Club. She is the youngest of three children born to Mexican immigrants and raised in Azusa, Calif., a working-class community near Los Angeles that isn't exactly the logical origin if one were to follow a blueprint to playing professional golf.
"Golf," Salas said, "was not what you did where I grew up." More>>
Lizette Salas rising up the LPGA ranks
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Lizette Salas is one of the ascending young American stars on the LPGA Tour, primed by an outstanding career at Southern California that saw her become the first four-time all-American in school history.
But the road for Salas, 23, wasn't always easy. Her parents came to the United States from Mexico. Her father, Ramon, has worked as the head mechanic at a public golf course in Asuza, Calif., for more than 30 years.
He often did side work for the course's golf professional. When Lizette, the youngest of three children, was 7, he asked the pro to give his daughter golf lessons as the method of compensation. More>>
Lizette Salas' improbable journey
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. -- The LPGA is not readily accessible to a daughter of Mexican immigrants who was reared in a nondescript town a few miles east of Los Angeles, in a neighborhood where collars are predominantly blue.
"Golf was not the thing you do where I grew up," Lizette Salas said. She is from Azusa, Calif., a town that in a broad context claims little more than the middle stop in the old Jack Benny Show routine announcing the next train to Anaheim, Azusa and Cucamonga. There was no rail service to Azusa. More>>
A Path to Opportunity Through the Greens
Lizette Salas had been working toward the highest stage of women’s professional golf since age 7. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, she used golf to become the first in her family to earn a college degree. She had spent much of last year traveling to tournaments on the L.P.G.A. Futures Tour in a truck with her father, sometimes sleeping in rest areas to save money. So with the last full-status tour card on the line in December’s L.P.G.A. qualifying tournament, Salas put her lifelong survival instincts to work.
Salas, 22, birdied her final hole in regulation to join a three-hole, nine-woman playoff, then birdied all three of the extra holes to earn a spot on the L.P.G.A. Tour. Standing beside the 18th green when her last birdie putt fell in, her parents cried tears of joy. More>>
LPGA star (and Zumba Fitness fan!) Lizette Salas
Athletes have a tendency to switch up their workout routine in the off-season. From basketball players-cum-yogis to footballers giving up punting for Pilates, there’s no telling what a pro athlete might do in the name of fitness and, well, variety. For professional golfer Lizette Salas, transitioning from golf to Zumba class was a no-brainer — her love of Latin dancing is second only to golf. Salas was hooked after her first class and now, one year later, the 23-year-old, LPGA rookie swears by Zumba classes to stay fit. Z-Lifecaught up with Salas before she headed out on tour to talk moves on and off the putting green. More>>
Salas works way into contention at Kraft
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. — Martha Salas’ hand flew to her mouth when she got within viewing distance of the electronic leaderboard beside the No. 18 green. Daughter Lizette, with three birdies on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course’s back nine, had climbed to within one shot of Inbee Park’s 7-under lead. This was just the first time Martha had noticed.
It would have been easy for Lizette to lose that second-place position at No. 18. She hit her second shot at the par 5 into deep rough and would need to carry over water to get to the green in three. She stood for several minutes and consulted caddie Greg Puga. Eventually, she hit a short chip back into the fairway, hit her fourth shot to 4 feet and made the putt for a safe par. More>>