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FILE - In this April 6, 2014 file photo, Lucy Li, front left, poses with winners of the Drive, Chip and Putt contest at Augusta National in Augusta, Ga. 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 74-68 on the par-72 Old Course on Monday, May 19, 2014. Others in then photo are, back row, from left, Ted Bishop, president of The PGA of America; Tom O'Toole, president of the U.S. Golf Association; and Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club. From left in middle row are Girls 12-13 category winner Natalie Pietromonaco, overall Boys 12-13 category winner Bryson Bianco, overall Girls 14-15 category winner Hunter Pate and overall Boys 14-15 category winner Patrick Welsh. In front from left are overall Girls 10-11 category winner Lucy Li, overall Boys 10-11 category winner Leo Cheng, overall Girls 7-9 category winner Kelly Xu and overall Boys 7-9 category winner Treed Huang. (AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Rainier Ehrhardt)
Golf: 11-year-old qualifies for Women’s Open
First Published May 20 2014 10:24 am • Last Updated May 21 2014 04:32 pm

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 74-68 on the par-72 Old Course on Monday. She will surpass Lexi Thompson as the youngest qualifier in the U.S. Women’s Open, which is June 19-22 at Pinehurst No. 2. Thompson was 12 in the 2007 Open.

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Beverly Klass played the 1967 Open when she was 10. There was no qualifying.

Li, of Redwood Shores, California, already has a big win on her resume. She captured 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.




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