From Drive, Chip and Putt to U.S. Women's Open

Lucy Li
Augusta National Golf Club
Lucy Li won the girls 10-11 division of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship in April.
By Mark Aumann

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | 8:31 a.m.

While watching the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National Golf Club in April, we seemed to be witnessing some future stars in the making. Of course, we didn't think the future would come so fast for at least one champion from that day.

On Monday, 11-year-old Lucy Li shot rounds of 74 and 68 at the Half Moon Bay Old Course to win the section qualifier, making the Redwood Shores, Calif., native the youngest player to compete in the U.S. Women's Open when she tees off at Pinehurst No. 2 next month. That's one year younger than Lexi Thompson, who was 12 when she played in the 2007 U.S. Women's Open.

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Li's 142 was seven strokes better than runner-up Kathleen Scavo, who is a 15-year-old high school junior from Benicia.

Li was one of eight champions crowned at Augusta National, winning the girls 10-11 division of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship.

To put it in perspective, Li wasn't born when Michelle Wie made her debut in a women's major.