Women Of Troy Ink Two Top Prep Golfers

Nov. 8, 2006

Talented prep standouts Lizette Salas of Azusa, Calif., and Joanne Lee of San Carlos, Calif. have both signed letters of intent with USC, women's golf coach Andrea Gaston announced Wednesday (Nov. 8).

'We are extremely pleased to have these two fine student-athletes joining our program next season,' Gaston said. 'They are not only talented golfers, but they both possess the qualities and characteristics that will make them outstanding representatives for our university.'

Salas, a senior at Azusa (Calif.) High, has made eight AJGA appearances this year, placing seventh or better in each, including three runner-up finishes. She is 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 last month at the Honda International Junior Championship in Japan. She has dominated Southern California golf, 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.

Salas also helped the Southern California team secure its victory at the 2006 Girls' Junior America's Cup Team Matches, finishing fourth individually. Recently, she shot an 8-under 64, setting a course record, and winning the Southern Section CIF Regional Individual championship.

'I'm excited to have Lizette joining our team next season,' Gaston said. 'I have really searched far and wide to find a talented local player and I feel Lizette is a perfect fit for USC. She has definitely shot some 'attention-getting' scores in recent events, and with her powerful game and more national exposure, she has the potential to be one of the best collegiate players in the country.'

Lee, a senior at Carlmont High in Belmont, Calif, qualified for the 2006 U.S. Women's Open as well as four U.S. Women's Amateur Championships and four U.S. Girls' Junior Championships.

Lee was the leader in the clubhouse after the first stroke play round at the 2006 U.S. Girl's, firing a 3-under 69 in a field of 156 players and was a semi-finalist the previous year. Lee won the 2006 AJGA Fidelity Investments Junior Open at Ruby Hill and has been a consistent top-finisher in her 10 AJGA events played this year, earning Rolex Junior All-American honorable mention recognition.

She broke the course record at Malvern C.C. in Pennsylvania, firing a 67 during her second round of the AJGA McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls' Championship. She was the 2005 NCGA Junior Girls' and the 2004 California High School Girls' Champion and she won the Girls' High School Central Coast Sectionals three years in a row (2003-2005).

Lee is the recipient of the High School Sports Focus 'Driven to make a difference' award. She was also the 2005 and 2006 Carlmont High Female Athlete of the Year, 2005 JGANC Player of the Year and has been the San Jose Mercury News Golfer of the Year for the past three years.

'Joanne is rather shy in person, but has a competitive fire on the golf course,' Gaston said. 'She is very passionate about the game and I am extremely impressed by her appreciation of the traditions of the sport. She'll definitely be an impact player and I believe her tremendous work ethic and intensity on the course will only enhance the quality and characteristics of our team.'

Salas and Lee are currently ranked seventh and eighth, respectively, in the 2007 Graduating Class by the Golfweek Junior Girls' Rankings. Both future Women of Troy will be competing at the upcoming AJGA Polo Golf Junior Golf Classic in Sea Island, Georgia beginning on Nov 18.

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