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.”