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Golf: Li fires 78 at US Open at age 11

Published on Jun 20, 2014 6:17 AM
Eleven year-old Amateur Lucy Li of the United States hits her tee shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the 69th US Women's Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 19, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. -- PHOTO: AFP

PINEHURST (AFP) - Lucy Li, an 11 year-old who won a skills event at Augusta National in April, fired an eight-over-par 78 on Thursday in a historic US Women’s Open first round.

Li, the youngest qualifier in US Women’s Open history at age 10, was proudly holding an ice cream cone in her left hand while answering questions about her round on a hot day at formidable Pinehurst.

“Getting to play in the US Open was a lot of fun. I kind of struggled today, but it was great,” Li said.

“I’m happy with how I played. It’s 8-over, it’s not bad. But I was 7-over in three holes, so that’s 1-over in 15 holes. So, I just need to get rid of the big numbers.” Li won the 10-11 age group title at the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship three months ago at Augusta National on the eve of the start of Masters practice.

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