US Women's Open: Lucy Li qualifies for Pinehurst at age of 11

Last Updated: 20/05/14 4:00pm

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Lucy Li: 11-year-old prodigy is heading for Pinehurst

Lucy Li: 11-year-old prodigy is heading for Pinehurst

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Lucy Li will make history later this summer after becoming the youngest qualifier for the US Women's Open at the age of 11.

Li, who hails from Redwood City in California, carded rounds of 74 and 68 in the sectional qualifier at Half Moon Bay in San Francisco to claim medalist honours.

But she will amazingly not be the youngest ever competitor in the event, with Beverly Klass turning professional as a 10-year-old in 1967 and playing in the US Open that year.

Klass made the cut in three of her four tournaments before the LPGA barred her by instituting a minimum age of 18.

The women's US Open is being held the week after the men's event on the same course, Pinehurst No 2, from June 19-22.

Current star Lexi Thompson previously held the record as the youngest full-time professional to participate in the tournament, having qualified at the age of 12 years, four months and 18 days back in 2007.

Li has already tasted success at one of the world's most legendary courses, having won her age group in the first annual Drive, Chip and Putt Championship held in April ahead of the Masters at Augusta.

She made it to the prestigious US Women's Amateur Public Links Championship last year and shot one round at one-under, but failed to make the cut.

The US Women's Open will be played from June 19-22 at Pinehurst in North Carolina and all four days will be covered live on Sky Sports HD4

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