Former Trojan Salas In Battle For Kraft Nabisco Title|
April 6, 2013
Former Trojan great Lizette Salas, USC's only four-time All-American, is fighting for her first career major win after a third-round 69 that put her solidly in second place on Saturday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at the Mission Hills C.C. in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Salas already has three top 10s this season (all coming within the past four events) and four in her young but already accomplished career. She enters tomorrow's final round at 9-under 207 (70-68-69), three back of Inbee Park's 12-under 204 (70-67-67).
Salas, part of USC's 2008 NCAA title team as a freshman, mixed three birdies against just one bogey during her third round. She's had only two bogeys all tournament. While she is three back of the lead, she's also three ahead of a pack of six golfers tied for third at 6-under 210.
Salas will tee off with Park (older sister of former Trojan and Salas teammate Inah Park) at 1:40 p.m. PT in the final pairing.
Fellow former Trojan Belen Mozo -- a teammate on the 2008 title team -- is battling for a top 20 finish and will begin the final round tied for 23rd at 1-under 215 (74-72-69). Another former Trojan, Candie Kung, heads into the final round tied for 70th at 8-over 224 (75-72-77).
Current Trojan sophomore Doris Chen received an amateur's exemption and played the first two round at 7-over 151 (74-77), but missed the cut by two strokes. Other former Trojans that qualified for the major but missed the cut included Veronica Felibert, Jennifer Song, Nicole Castrale and Dewi Claire Schreefel.