Twenty-two teenagers will tee off in the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 on June 19. Three of them – Lexi Thompson (age 19), Lydia Ko (17) and Moriya Jutanugarn (19) – were exempt, with two of the three having seven LPGA wins and a major championship between them and the third, Jutanugarn, being the 2013 LPGA Rookie of the Year.
The other 19 teenyboppers got to Pinehurst the old-fashioned way: they qualified. On Wednesday, the USGA announced the final results of sectional qualifying for the U.S. Women’s Open, where 75 players, including four USGA champions, earned their way into the field.
The teenagers included: 18-year-old Minjee Lee, of Australia, who won the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and is No. 1 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking; Narangyi Bae (14) from South Korea; Mathilda Cappeliez (16) of France; Yueer Cindy Feng (18) from China; Jordan Ferreira (19) from University Place, Wash.; Samantha Gotcher (19) of Clarksville, Tenn.; Chisato Hashimoto (16) from Japan; Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (16) from Canada, who made the cut in the Kraft Nabisco Championship and received a sponsor’s exemption to play in this weekend’s Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ont.; Weiling Hsu (19) from Taiwan; Madison Kerley (16) of Scottsdale, Ariz.; Megan Khang (16) of Rockland, Mass.; Andrea Lee (15) from Hermosa Beach, Calif.; Paige Lee (19) of Folsom, Calif.; Hannah Pietila (18) of Brighton, Mich.; Jessica Porvasnik (18) from Hinckley, Ohio; Kathleen Scavo (16) of Benicia, Calif.; Yuting Shi (16) from China; Sierra Sims (18) of Austin, Texas; and Bailey Tardy (17) from Norcross, Ga.
None of them are the youngest in the field. That honor goes to 11-year-old Lucy Li of Redwood City, Calif., who became the youngest person to qualify for a U.S. Open when she earned medalist honors at Half Moon Bay Links in her home state.
Other notable qualifiers include: 1987 U.S. Women’s Open champion Laura Davies, who became the oldest qualifier in the field at age 50; 2011 U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champion Brianna Do, along with Jennifer Song who won the 2009 U.S. Women’s Amateur and Public Links championships.
Belén Mozo from Spain also qualified along with amateur Stephanie Meadow from Northern Ireland, 2009 Solheim Cup team member Kristy McPherson, and 2014 Volvik Australian Ladies Masters champion Cheyenne Woods.