Date: July 14, 2013

Ten year old qualifies for US Women’s Amateur

Californian 10 year-old Lucy Li has entered the record books by becoming the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. Women&aposs Amateur Championship. Earlier this year, the 10-year-old made headlines by qualifying for the U.S. Women&aposs Public Links Championship, then last month became the youngest ever to reach the match-play portion of the event, surpassing a mark previously set by Michelle Wie. Originally from Redwood Shores, California, Li fired a 5-over 75 in the 18-hole sectional qualifier in Oakland and was one of eight women to advance from the 62-player field. Li&aposs score put her in a tie for fifth place, four shots behind medalist Mariko Tumangan and one shot better than the minimum score needed to qualify. The par-70 course was set up at 5,827 yards. Li had to rally to qualify. She was 5 over par after eight holes and 7 over after 13, but birdied two of her last three holes. When this year&aposs event begins next month, Li will be 10 years, 10 months and 4 days old, barely surpassing the record set just last year by Latanna Stone, who was 10 years, 11 months and 2 days old when she teed it up at The Country Club in Pepper Pike, Ohio. The U.S. Women&aposs Amateur will be held Aug. 5-11 at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C.