THIS SEASON Senior Lizette Salas is one of the top players in the country who is looking to become USC's first four-time All-American. She is coming off of a junior year in which she earned All-American second team honors ... In the 2010 fall campaign, Salas had a pair of top 3 finishes, taking second at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational and third at the NCAA Fall Preview ... Salas began the spring season with a tie for seventh at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at 8-over 221 (71-77-73) and tied for 14th at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at 1-over 217 (74-74-69). She then tied for second at the Battle at Rancho Bernardo with a 1-under 215 (73-71-71) ... Salas, who has been ranked as high as No. 3 as a senior, has 13 career rounds in the 60s (including three this year), which is tied for second all-time at USC with Belen Mozo. Jennifer Song holds the record (15).
2009-2010 Salas spent most of her 2010 junior season ranked in the top 10 after posting five top 6 finishes and six in the top 12, good for her third career National Golf Coaches Associate All-American honor (second team), her second consecutive All-Pac-10 first team honor and her third straight All-NCAA Region pick (Central) ... She finished second on the squad with a stroke average of 72.83 and won one title on the season, claiming the Turtle Bay Collegiate Invitational with an 8-under 208. That followed her 12th-place finish at the NCAA Fall Preview ... She opened the spring season with a fifth at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, her third straight top 12 finish and was fourth at the Bruin Wave Invitational at 2-under 214 (72-71-71). She tied for sixth at the PING/ASU Invitational with a 5-under 211 (69-72-70) ... She led USC at the NCAA Central Region, turning in a 5-over 221 (75-71-75) for second place, two strokes out of first ... She had four rounds in the 60s on this season.
SUMMER OF 2009 Salas was the medalist at the U.S. Women's Amateur qualifier at the Annandale G.C., firing a course record 63 ... At the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur, she tied for sixth in the two-round strokeplay stage at even 142. She advanced to the second round of match play before falling to teammate Jennifer Song, 4 and 2 ... Salas also reached the match play portion of the 2009 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links. After tying for eighth at 2-under 142 in stroke play, she reached the round of 16 of match play.
2008-2009 As a 2009 sophomore, Salas earned NGCA All-American and All-Pac-10 first team honors, was the Pac-10 Player of the Year, an NCAA All-West Region selection and was a Honda Award finalist ... Her stroke average of 71.82 was fifth best in the country and the second-best all-time at USC. She carded six rounds in the 60s, second-best on the team, and finished the season ranked No. 4 ... She finished in the top 10 in eight of 10 starts, including two first-place finishes and four others in the top 4 ... Salas became a first-time collegiate winner and posted an 18-hole best with a victory at the Stanford Intercollegiate, winning with a 7-under 206 (66-72-68). The 206 is the fourth-lowest score ever by a Trojan ... She claimed a share of her second title at the 2009 Arizona Wildcat Invitational with a 3-under 213 (73-71-69) ... In the season opener, she finished third at 1-under 215 (73-74-68), her final round her first sub-70 effort as a Trojan ... At the rainy and windy Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, Salas fought her way to a tie for fourth ... At the 2009 Pac-10 Championships, she was alone in fourth at 2-under 211 (74-72-65), her final round one off the USC school record ... She tied for 10th again at the UCF Challenge with a 4-under 214 (71-70-73) and then took third at the Ping/ASU Invitational with a 3-under 213 (73-66-74) ... She was also tied for 16th at the NCAA Championships at 10-over 298 (74-74-75-75) and tied for 18th at the NCAA West Regional at 1-over 217 (73-71-73).
SUMMER OF 2008 Competed for U.S. at the Fuji Xerox USA vs. Japan Collegiate Golf Championship at Tokyo Golf Club. She was among only four NCAA women's golfers selected to the team ... She was medalist at the U.S. Women's Open Local qualifier, was medalist at the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship and competed at the U.S. Women's Amateur.
2007-2008 One of the top freshman in the country in 2008, Salas earned 2008 NGCA All-American second-team, All-NCAA West Region and All-Pac-10 second team honors. She was also the 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year ... Salas, fourth on the team in stroke average (73.56), posted four top 10 finishes, seven in the top 15 and finished no lower than 27th in 11 events. During a consistently strong season, she didn't break 71, but was only above 75 seven times in 34 rounds ... She had a season-best tie for fourth at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational with a 220 (76-73-72), took sixth at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships with a 218 (71-74-73) and tied for eighth at the Arizona Wildcat Invitational with a 221 (72-75-74) ... She was an integral part of USC's efforts at the NCAA Championships, tying for 15th with a 295 (73-77-73-72).
SUMMER OF 2007 Salas made the round of 16 at the 2007 U.S. Women's Amateur and posted seven top 10 finishes in other events.
HIGH SCHOOL Salas, who prepped at Azusa (Calif.) High, made eight AJGA appearances this year as a 2006 senior, placing seventh or better in each, including three runner-up finishes ... She was ranked 14th on the AJGA Polo Golf Rankings with a 74.33 scoring average and was selected as a Rolex Junior All-American second teamer ... Salas was one of only three girls chosen to represent the United States at the 2006 Honda International Junior Championship in Japan ... She dominated Southern California golf in 2006, placing first in the three SCPGA Toyota Tour Cup events, making her the top candidate for the SCPGA Tour Cup Girls' Player of the Year Award ... She also helped the Southern California team secure its victory at the 2006 Girls' Junior America's Cup Team Matches, finishing fourth individually ... At the Southern Section-CIF Regional Championships, she shot an 8-under 64 to set a course record en route to an individual championship ... Salas also won the 2006 California state championship at Red Hill C.C. in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
PERSONAL Salas was born on July 17, 1989 ... She is the daughter of Ramon and Martha Salas ... She is majoring in sociology.
PERSONAL NOTES * Most thrilling moment in sports: Shooting a course record 62 and only winning by three strokes. * Favorite pastime: Basketball. * Biggest sports hero: Lorena Ochoa. * Favorite band: The Cure. * Favorite food: Mexican. * Dream foursome: Me, Lorena Ochoa, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott. * My favorite thing about USC: Our team is so diverse, every player is either from a different country or state. * Post-college ambition: Golf course management, LPGA. * Biggest lesson golf has taught me: It has taught me what the words "work", "determination", "sacrifice", and "self-discipline" really mean.
CAREER NOTES Lowest 54-Hole Score: 206 Lowest Round: 65 Top 10 Finishes: 20 Highest Finish: 1st Rounds in 60s: 12