Lizette Salas Comfortable Victory
Lizette Salas was able to waltz into Victory Lane on Sunday. It was a richly deserved result for the 24-year old, who captured her first LPGA title at the Kingsmill Championship in Williamsburg.
Ever since leaving USC where she was a four-time All American Salas was being touted as a player to watch,but on Sunday she crossed the Great Divide separating players who have won tournaments on the LPGA Tour from those who have not. Her closing 71 brought her home at 13-under par 271, four shots clear of the trio of Sarah Jane Smith, Lexi Thomspon, and Yani Tseng
â€œOh, my God, it is a dream come true,â€ Salas said.Â â€œI’ve been working so hard for this.Â I’ve had so much support over the years throughout my career, and to finally break through my third season out on tour, I’m just so happy. A lot of emotions right now.Â I wish my parents could have been here to witness it, but I know they were glued to the TV.Â I think the whole city of Azusa was glued to the TV.Â All my junior golf kids were pulling for me.Â My alumni, my USC fans, just everyone.Â I just felt the energy today from them.Â I wanted to win not just for me but for them.â€
Salsas had come close to winning prior to Sunday. She lost a playoff loss to Suzann Pettersen at the LPGA LOTTE Championship last year and was second to Anna Nordqvist at the KIA Classic earlier this season. She also has two third-place finishes on her resume. But she admitted she had to learn how to close down the stretch. Consider that lesson learned.
â€œI just think I needed more experience through those times,â€ Salas says.Â I shot 62 to be in the playoff with Suzann, and unfortunately didn’t have that win there. I think this week, I mean this year at the Kia Classic when I was in contention, I wasn’t playing amazing golf, but I really had to grind it out all 18 holes.
â€œSo I think that experience at the Kia Classic really helped me mentally on really grinding it out all 18 holes and really finishing strong. I think I made two birdies out of â€‘â€‘ two of the last four holes for birdie and finished second.Â So I think that really helped me stay strong for this week. â€œ