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Skipping Down The Fairway

There are times when instructor Jim McLean watches Lucy Li on the golf course and forgets she’s 11 years old.
Other times, he sees a little girl.
“She wears a Mickey Mouse shirt and she skips down the fairway,” said McLean, who has worked with Li for more than four years at his golf school at Trump National Doral in Miami.
If most of us could play like Lucy, we’d skip down the fairway, too.
Li is the new star of women’s golf, having qualified for the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst at an age when most kids are wondering when the last of their baby teeth will fall out.
She is the youngest player ever to qualify for the Women’s Open, surpassing the mark set by 12-yearold Lexi Thompson seven years ago. Beverly Klass remains the youngest competitor in Women’s Open history, playing as a 10-year-old in 1967, before qualifying was instituted.
Think about it for a moment – what were you doing when you were 11?
I was collecting baseball cards and dreaming of being Mickey Mantle (it was a long time ago).
Li is shooting 74-68 on the Old Course at Half Moon Bay in California to win a sectional qualifier by seven strokes. Instead of admiring the LPGA stars from afar, she’ll be at Pinehurst No. 2 playing against Inbee Park, Suzann Pettersen and Thompson, another McLean disciple who will be in the unfamiliar role of mentor, two years before she’s old enough to legally buy a drink.


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