Li won sectional qualifier at Half Moon Bay in California and will surpass Lexi Thompson as the youngest to tee off at Pinehurst.
Girls 10-11 category champion Lucy Li from Redwood City, California poses with her trophy during the National Finals of the 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt Championships April 6, 2014 at Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Georgia. Created by the Masters Tournament Foundation, United States Golf Association (USGA) and The PGA of America.
Lucy Li has become the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open by winning the sectional qualifier at Half Moon Bay in California.
The 11-year-old Li shot rounds of 74 and 68 on the par-72 Old Course on Monday and will surpass Lexi Thompson as the youngest competitor in a U.S. Women’s Open when she tees off at Pinehurst on June 19.
Thompson was 12 when she qualified for the 2007 Open.
Li, of Redwood Shores, Calif., already has a big win on her resume, capturing the girls 10-11 division at the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt contest at Augusta that preceded the Masters this year. She beat second-place qualifier Kathleen Scavo by seven strokes at Half Moon Bay.