Meet Lucy Li, the 11-year-old who qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open

A sixth-grader from northern California made history Monday, becoming the youngest player to quality for the U.S. Women’s Open.

Lucy Li, who is from Redwood Shores, qualified with rounds of 74 and 68 on the par-72 Old Course at Half Moon Bay in California and passed Lexi Thompson (12 years, 4 months, 18 days) as the youngest qualifier in a U.S. Women’s Open. Thompson was 12 when she qualified in 2007. Li, like Thompson, is a student at the Jim McLean Golf School in Florida, but she won’t be the youngest player ever in the U.S. Women’s Open, though. Beverly Klass was 10 when she competed in 1967 before the qualification process began.

Last year, Li qualified for the match-play portion of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship but lost in the first round. The U.S. Women’s Open is June 19-22 at Pinehurst and, well, don’t bet against her. She drives the ball 200 yards and she’s already won at Augusta — winning her age group in the first Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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Matt Bonesteel · May 20, 2014

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