11-year-old Lucy Li has a blast at U.S. Women’s Open, finds the ice cream delicious


Lucy Li takes a break as she waits to hit on the third hole of the U.S. Women’s Open. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)

What will Lucy Li do on her second day of play in the U.S. Women’s Open?

On her first day of play at Pinehurst, the 11-year-old who is the youngest girl to qualify for the tournament, had some issues, posting two double bogeys and a triple. Then she found her bearings, finished strong and capped the day with ice cream and a pretty adorable press conference. Li finished eight-over par with a 78, 11 strokes back of leader Stacy Lewis.

“It was a lot of fun,” Li told reporters in a press conference punctuated with giggles and licks of her ice cream. “I kind of struggled today, but it was great. … “I’m happy with how I played. It’s eight-over, it’s not bad. But I was seven-over in three holes, so that’s one-over in 15 holes. I just need to get rid of the big numbers.”

The youngster, who stood on a box to address the media, chose a star- and heart-spangled outfit for her first round and had a pretty simple explanation for her fashion choice.

“Because it’s the U.S. Open,” she said. “I like red, white and blue, too.”

All in all, it wasn’t a bad day for the preteen.

“I’m happy I broke 80,” Li said, “because I got two doubles and a triple, and that can really ruin a score. … I guess I am glad that I got it over with, but I’m also excited for tomorrow.”

And just what did she have planned for the rest of her Thursday, besides preparing for her 12:52 p.m. tee time Friday?

“Eat some more ice cream.”

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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