Lucy Li, just 11 years old, will have two great venues to add to her growing résumé this year.
In April, she won her age division in the Drive, Chip & Putt competition, the finals of which were held at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday prior to The Masters. Now, she actually will compete in the U.S. Women’s Open at fabled Pinehurst in June.
Li got her spot for the Women’s Open by winning her sectional qualifying – by seven shots. Li shot 74-68 at the Old Course at Half Moon Bay. That makes her the youngest ever qualifier into the Women’s Open, surpassing Lexi Thompson, who competed at age 12 in 2007.
However, she is not the youngest to compete in the Women’s Open. That distinction belongs to Beverly Klass, who played in 1967 at age 10. She had turned professional and was allowed to enter the Women’s Open, which at that time didn’t need sectional qualifying because of the few competitors in the field.
The U.S. Women’s Open is scheduled for June 19-22.