Lucy Li Future of Women’s Golf

Lucy Li Future of Women’s Golf

CNN – She’s got nerves of steel, golf talent beyond her tender years, and a precocious flair for eye-catching fashion: 11-year-old Lucy Li, the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history, looked entirely at home as she teed-off at Pinehurst No. 2.

Despite a three bad holes in North Carolina, which meant she finished her round with an eight-over-par 78, Li impressed onlookers with a composed round that saw her bounce back quickly from disappointing shots.

She left the course smiling, having followed up two double-bogeys and a triple-bogey with assured play — including birdies at the first and fifth.

“It was great,” Li told reporters Thursday. “What I was so happy about in my round, (was that) after I got doubles and triples, I was able to get it back. And I got a lot of pars after that.”

Heading into the tournament, Li said her only ambition was to “have fun and play the best I can.”

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