American Lucy Li becomes youngest ever to qualify for the US Women’s Open.
One of the charms of golf is that it allows for competition between golfers across generations, but this is kind of crazy.
Lucy Li, an 11-year-old American has booked a spot in the US Women’s Open courtesy of rounds of 74 and 68 at a qualifying tournament in San Francisco on Monday.
Li beat her nearest rival by seven shots to become the youngest ever golfer to qualify for the major, beating Lexi Thompson who was 12 year and four months when she played in 2007. However, Li isn’t the youngest to ever play in the event. That honour goes to Beverly Klass who played in the 1967 US Women’s Open when she was 10 years old – before the qualification system was introduced.
It doesn’t seem like it will be too long before that record is broken as well.
Li has already tasted some success on the big stage. She is pictured above winning the her age group at the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship held prior to The Masters in April.
Five Australians have qualified for the US Open so far; Karrie Webb, Nikki Campbell, Stephanie Na, Katherine Kirk and world number one amateur Minjee Lee will also be playing at Pinehurst in June.