Going into today’s second round of match play, Lizette Salas had recorded two pars and one birdie on Charlotte C.C.’s 17th hole. With one stroke, she bettered all of those results.
Salas recorded her second career hole-in-one with a bouncing 9-iron shot on the par-3 17th hole. Even better news for Salas, that one stroke gave her a 2-and-1 victory over Amira Alexander. Alexander had led for much of the match, so Salas was particularly happy to see that ball disappear into the hole.
“It landed, hit once, hit the pin and went in,” said Salas. “I was just so relieved that I didn’t have to play 18. I was down the whole match and it kept going back and forth.”
Salas, who is entering her senior year at the University of Southern California, expects this to be her final appearance in the Women’s Amateur. Her first hole-in-one came on her 16th birthday. To get her second ace during another important event in her life – and at such a pivotal point in the championship – certainly brought a smile to Salas’ face.
“I’m just excited to go past round two,” said Salas. “I’ve lost the last two times of match play in round two. So I’m just pretty excited to get past. We’ll see how far I can go. It’s kind of good to end on that.”
Gracious in defeat, Alexander swapped hugs and handshakes with Salas. Alexander’s father and caddie, John, also gave Salas a big congratulatory hug, saying he hoped that she wins the championship. -- Christina Lance