Lucy Li is no stranger to setting records, and the 11-year-old Drive, Chip and Putt Champion did it again Monday.
The Redwood Shores, Calif., resident posted rounds of 74 and 68 on the par-72 Old Course at Half Moon Bay south of San Francisco to qualify for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. She will now become the youngest player ever to compete in this women’s major championship – being staged this year at Pinehurst June 19-22 – besting the existing record held by LPGA major champion Lexi Thompson, who qualified for the 2007 event at 12 years old.
In April at Augusta National Golf Club, she won the Drive and Chip portion in the 10-11 Girls Division, leading to her overall victory at the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals by one point.
On Monday, she won the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier by seven strokes.
Li began playing golf at the age of 7 when she started hitting balls on the driving range while waiting for her brother and cousin, who were playing in a tournament as part of their golf team. In 2013, at 10 years old, she became the youngest match play competitor in U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links history. She also qualified for the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur and holds the distinction of the youngest ever qualifier in this championship as well.