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At 11 years of age, Lucy Li is the first person so young to qualify for the U. S. Women’s Amateur and U. S. Women’s
Open golf tournament. Born in Stanford, California, Lucy began playing golf at the age of seven, while watching
her older brother play the sport. Immediately, she began to show that she could achieve very low scores.
Recognizing her early talent, her parents contacted Jim McLean, a renowned golf coach in Florida. Lucy moved in
with her aunt over that summer, and began her professional training.
Since then, she’s broken a series of records, becoming the most young golfer to qualify for the U. S. Women’s
Amateur Public Links, and the U. S. Women’s Amateur before the age of eleven. On May 19, 2014, she qualified for
the U. S. Women’s Open, not only qualifying, but winning the event at Old Course at Half Moon Bay with an
astonishing seven strokes. Li had a handicap of 1.5, well below the threshold of 2.4, making her eligible to compete
in the qualifications for the tournament. Unfortunately, the sixth-grader did not become the youngest player to
make the cut and participate in the Women’s Open. But, golf enthusiasts everywhere agree that her talent and
her enthusiasm and joy for the sport make her a contender to keep an eye on.
Lucy endeared herself to the crowds and the participants with her ability to bounce back from some very high
scores. Her caddy for the event, Bryan Bush, highly impressed with her ability to shake off setbacks, said, “We
would have an uh-oh hole and next thing she would hit a hybrid or a fairway wood inside eight feet. You don’t see
many of the adult pros doing that.” When she hit the ball into a sand trap, he recounted her question, “Did that go
into the bunker,” and when he replied that it had, she said, “Okay. Oh, well.”
Whatever Lucy Li’s future in pro golfing holds, (11) she’d accomplished a great deal in her short career so far. She’s
not only broken records, and received public acclaim, even getting a letter from the Speaker of the House of
Representatives, but has inspired a new generation to participate in the sport she loves.
And charmingly, she’s did so without losing the fresh outlook of a pre-teen. At the press conference following
the US Women’s Open – still stylishly dressed in a patriotic stars-and-stripes blouse and eating a popsicle – when
she was asked by a sports writer, “What do you plan to do for the rest of the day?” Lucy grinned, “Eat some more
Whatever Lucy Li's future in pro golfing holds, (11) she'd accomplished a great deal in her short career.