Salas uses ace to advance at U.S. Women’s Am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Twice Lizette Salas has fallen in the second round of match play at the U.S. Women’s Amateur. It was a shaky battle Thursday in the Round of 32, but this time things ended decisively in her favor.
Salas went 2 down to Amira Alexander after bogeying the first two holes at Charlotte Country Club, and put it in the water at No. 11, the first par 3 on the back nine. She never held a lead of her own until going 1 up at the 16th when Alexander bogeyed.
“I was pretty much down the whole time,” Salas said. “I knew I had to step it up toward the end.”
At the 119-yard par-3 17th – where the green is guarded by a deep bunker in front and drops off down a steep hill in back – Salas sailed a 9 iron to the middle of the green where it took one bounce, hit the flagstick and dropped. It’s the second hole in one for the USC senior (the first came on her 16th birthday) and was the deciding factor in her 2-and-1 win over Alexander.
Salas left the green with a wide grin, but not before trying to give the autographed ball to the group’s standard bearer – who quickly refused Salas’ piece of personal history – and acknowledging Alexander’s solid play.
“She played well – she kept me going, she had me working,” Salas said.