11-year-old Lucy Li wows the world in U.S. Women’s Open debut
By Bernie D'Amato under US Women's Open
First of many. ©USGA/John Mummert.

First of many. ©USGA/John Mummert.

Lucy Li will miss the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open after firing consecutive 78s, but the national championship has been a great learning experience for the 11-year-old prodigy. Li said, “You have to be patient. That’s what I learned…I did a good job of that this week and it really helped because I got triples and I came back with birdies. That’s what’s really important.”

Li showed everyone at Pinehurst that she has the mindset to compete with the best players in the game. Her positivity and outgoing personality shined through during the pre-tournament press conference as well as the interviews that followed the first and second rounds.

She said she probably signed a few hundred autographs, and received some nice emails from her friends. “They have been really excited. They thought I played really well. They’re like, oh, you’re famous now.”

Li’s experience at the Open has made her famous within the golfing community. However, more importantly, she will try to internalize what she learned at the Open, and continue becoming a better golfer.

2014 U.S. Women’s Open leader board.

–Bernie D’Amato