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Little Lucy Li wants to have fun at the U.S. Open

Posted June 17

— The U.S. Open certainly isn’t miniature golf, but Lucy Li, is the U.S. Open's golf miniature.

The pitching, putting half-pint is the youngest ever to play in this tournament at just 11-years-old.

"It's pretty amazing but I try not to think about it. I'm just another player trying to do the best I can," said Li.

To put this whole "age" thing into perspective, forget Walkman's or Discman's, MP3 players have been around longer than Lucy, DVDs have never been a foreign technology to her, and she's never known a world where Justin Timberlake was a singer in a boy band.

But is she too young for a tourney built around being too tough?

"I just like to see kids learn how to win before they come on out here and get beat up," says two-time major championship winner, Stacy Lewis. "If it was my kid, I wouldn't let her play in an Open qualifier at 11, but that's just me."

"I hope she just takes it as a learning experience, has fun with it, and doesn't get too nervous or too serious," says Lexi Thompson, who was the previous youngest female golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open when she was 12.

That doesn't seem like it'll be a problem.

When asked by a reporter if she's ever been intimidated out on the golf course, Lucy laughed, "no, I just don't care that much."

Judging by Li's meeting with the media where under the bright lights and glare of camera lenses, the kid from California said all the right things.

"I just wanna go out there, have fun, and play the best I can," said Li. "I really don't care about the outcome, I just want to have fun, and learn."

Li might be teeing off in the U.S. Open on Thursday; she just can't buy her own ticket to a PG-13 movie on Friday.

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  • uBnice Jun 18, 2:35 p.m.

    I would be hardpressed to let my 11 year old play against grown women for money. In addition, children can have grown-up talents and specialized smarts. But when mixed with an older group they will lack emotional equivalence. In addition, they will be social outcasts. Her presence in the locker room must be way awkward for everyone. I imagine there can be no alcohol consumed around her, say, in the locker room.

    However, I wish the young girl well.

  • Toddler10-21 Jun 18, 12:21 p.m.

    Read yesterday that 11 year old kids had to walk outside for a couple of hours and the parents went crazy. Doesnt seem to bother this young lady!! i'm going outside to play golf instead of staying in to play video games.

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