Lizette Salas: “I want to be an example for girls in my community”

It is uncommon to see Hispanic girls play golf but for star Lizette Salas this is not the case. For many, golf is an expensive sport that is out of reach. Like in Lizette’s neighborhood sports that were practiced were the traditional football, basketball and softball; not golf.

Lizette started in this sport by her father Ramon Salas who worked in the golf courses of Azusa. She accompanied him to work without knowing that she was starting her own story. Her father had no money to enroll Lizette in golf lessons, but he managed to make an agreement with one of the golf coaches in the country club and it was like that how she started her first beginnings in the sport.

Lizette showed she had talent and could go far, earning a golf scholarship at the University of Southern California, but she never imagined she will be among the best in the world. She won her first Major after many attempts, this success brought her tranquility; "Having won my first major title was wonderful, there were times that I got close to win, but never got the chance, now that I have achieved, I feel calmer," commented Salas.

Salas wants to change the way how Mexican-American are viewed. "I want to be an example for girls in my community, I want to show that a Mexican-American can play professional golf, but for that you have to work very hard, but if I can do it, then my paisanos can do it also" Salas added. During her time in LPGA and especially in Arkansas, Lizette has formed a great friendship with the community.

In the recent NWA Championship presented by Wal-Mart, Lizette had the opportunity to share with Gizel Ruiz, executive of Wal-Mart International. Salas as Ruiz had to overcome all the barriers placed in their way, now they are a great example for Hispanic women in the United States. Through sports you can achieve many things, and one of them is education. Lizette expects that many Hispanic women use their sporting skills to get an academic career "without spending a single penny."


Salas wants to leave a legacy in the LPGA, as did Lorena Ochoa, and we know that she can do it.
Salas will be competing again for the title of Wal-Mart NWA Championship presented by P & G from June 22 to 28 at the Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, and she will try to win this prestigious title with a total value of $2 million of which $300,000 will be for the champion.

Daily Ticket are $15. Weekly Ticket $25. Kids 17 and under admitted free wtih a ticketed adult. Visit nwachampionship.com to get tickets. Like us on facebook.com/NWAChampionship Event sponsors are Wal-Mart, P&G, General Mills Tyson Foods, Kimberly Clark, PepsiCo, Embassy Suites, Unilever and Octagon.


Telemundo Arkansas and ¡Hola! Arkansas are proud event media sponsor and will be hosting a hospitality tent overlooking the 17th green.
Carlos Chicas

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