Kids prove golf has no age limits
An 11-year-old girl will compete against the best golfers in the world. She earned a spot in the U.S. Women's Open tournament.
Lucy Li is only a sixth-grade. She shot rounds of 74-68 to become the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open. The tourney will be played in Pinehurst, North Carolina in June.
The record for youngest qualifier had belonged to Lexi Thompson. She was 12 when she made it to the 2007 Women's Open. Li, from near San Francisco, still won't be the youngest player. Beverly Klass was 10 when she played in 1967. But that was when the U.S. Women's Open didn't have qualifying.
Teenagers in the U.S. Women's Open are not new. Morgan Pressel qualified for the U.S. Women's Open in 2001 when she 12. Michelle Wie was 12 when she qualified for her first LPGA Tour event.
In men's golf, Matteo Manassero won twice on the European Tour before he had his driver's license. Jordan Spieth nearly won the Masters tournament last month at age 20.
Even so, two numbers are enough to get anyone's attention "11" and "sixth grade."
Li began playing when she was 7. Last year, she set a record in the U.S. Women's Amateur as the youngest qualifier at age 10.