Not often do presidential campaigns and the LPGA Tour collide, but this week is different.
2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump owns Trump Turnberry Resort, where the Ricoh Women’s British Open is being played this week. The Donald made a grand entry at the course today, taking some of the attention away from the actual golf being played while hosting a press conference.
One player in particular—Lizette Salas—isn’t going to concern herself with Trump’s previous remarks about Mexican immigrants. Salas, born of Mexican immigrants, is taking the high road.
“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but, his words, a lot of people listen to him and hear him because he’s a big name,” Salas told James Corrigan of The Telegraph.
“I’m proud of my heritage, proud of where I come from, not ashamed of being born of Mexican immigrants," Salas said. "But that’s a whole other subject. My goal this week is to win. He can say what he wants. Everyone can. It does not change the way I feel about myself, about my heritage at all.”
As Corrigan outlines, Salas’s own path to Trump's Turnberry personifies the presidential candidate’s “American Dream.” In the past five years, she started off sleeping in a truck to save money as she competed in minor tour events and is currently No. 29 in the world rankings.
This week, Salas is looking to win her first major. She finished sixth at the Women’s British Open two years ago at St. Andrews.