11-year-old qualifies for the US Women's Open

03:08, May 22 2014
Lucy Li
STUNNER: Lucy Li, 11, has qualified for the US Women's Open.

Lucy Li, an 11-year-old from California, has become the youngest ever to qualify for the US Women's Open after going two under par in her sectional qualifier, the US Golf Association says.

Li earned her way into next month's golf major event by shooting rounds of 74 and 68 on the par-72 Old Course at Half Moon Bay near San Francisco on Monday (NZT Tuesday).

The school girl beat second-place qualifier Kathleen Scavo by seven strokes to earn her way into the field for the June 19-22 championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina, USA.

Lexi Thompson, at 12 years four months, previously held the mark as youngest to qualify. She set the record in 2007.

Li would not be the youngest player ever to participate in the US Women's Open though as Beverly Klass was 10 when she competed in the 1967 championship. This was prior to the qualification process.

The young Californian has already tasted the limelight, having won her age group at Augusta National's inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship last month ahead of the Masters.

Last year, Li qualified for the match-play portion of the US Women's Amateur Public Links Championship, but lost in the first round.

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Reuters