Lucy Li, remember that name. You may have never heard of her, but if you are a golf fan that name may soon be more popular than Tiger Woods. According to a Yahoo Sports report on May 20, Li qualified for the US Women's Open by winning a qualifier at Half Moon Bay in California. That may not sound like much to the average golf fan, until you realize that Li is 11 years old.
Yes, 11 years old! Li officially has become the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open with the win in California and now is ready to set the golfing world a buzz as she looks to make history this June.
Li shot rounds of 74 and 68 on the par-72 course on Monday and looked every bit of a girl twice her age as she knocked in shot after shot to earn the Open berth. This girl was born to golf. Earlier this year, the Redwood Shores, California resident won the girls 10-11 year old division at the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt contest at Augusta.
When Li tees off at the 2014 U.S. Women's Open, she will officially surpass Lexi Thompson as the youngest qualifier to ever hit the links. The Open is scheduled to take place from June 19 through the 22 at Pinehurst.
It really is incredible when you think about what Li has accomplished already at age 11. Most 10 or 11 year old girls just want to play with their dolls, listen to their favorite music or watch their favorite TV programs. However, even the girls, or boys for that matter, who start playing sports at 10 are just getting the feel for the game.
This girl plays golf at the age of 11 better than many folks at 25. It will be interesting to see how Li does in the Open Tournament. She most likely will have many fans cheering her on.