Lucy Li, 11, becomes youngest U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

Lucy Li, 11, becomes youngest U.S. Women’s Open qualifier

golf girlGolfing prodigies just keep getting younger.

The latest name to wow the sport is 11-year-old Lucy Li, who made her own slice of history on Monday.

She is officially the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open after securing her place at an event in her native California.

Li, from Redwood Shores, shot rounds of 74 and 68 at Half Moon Bay Golf Club to beat the field by seven shots and book her place at Pinehurst next month.

She beats the previous mark held by fellow American Lexi Thompson, who qualified for the 2007 installment aged 12.

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But Li won’t be the youngest to compete at the tournament — that honor is still held by Beverley Klass, who competed in 1967 aged just 10 without having to qualify.

Li already has a victory at the world famous Augusta National under her belt, having won the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at the Masters venue in April.

Now she’ll be heading to Pinehurst as the third major event of the women’s season follows on directly after the men’s tournament at the same venue on June 17 for the first time in its history.

Li was one of those to make it from the United States Golf Association’s first international qualifying events, which took place in America, England, China, Japan and Korea.

All of the 17 women to qualify will be making their first appearance at the U.S. Open, with another raft of events running right through until the end of May.

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