May 19, 2014
A trio of Junior Tour of Northern California products, including a record 11-year-old, are headed to this year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst.
Lucy Li of Redwood Shores, Kathleen Scavo of Benicia and Folsom resident Paige Lee all earned spots in the championship on Monday, getting through a 36-hole Sectional qualifier held on the Old Course at Half Moon Bay Golf Links.
Li, the medalist, shot a medalist-earning 142 with rounds of 74 and 68. At age 11, Li is the youngest player to ever qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. The previous youngest player was Lexi Thompson (age 12) in 2007.
Back in April, Li scored perfect 11s in driving and chipping, and added a 4 in putting to win the Girls 10-11 age group with 26 points at the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt at Augusta National Golf Club.
Last year, Li became the youngest player to reach match play at the U.S. Women’s Public Links at the age of 10. Li also became the youngest player to make the cut at the 2011 California Women’s State Amateur at the age of 9.
Scavo, a junior at Justin-Sienna High, finished second, seven behind Li, at 149 (78-71). Scavo is two-time defending champion of the California Junior Girls State Championship.
Lee, who came in third at 150 (76-74), is a former standout on the JTNC. She now plays at UC Davis, where she is a freshman.
Casie Cathrea of Livermore, who was the low amateur at last year’s U.S. Women’s Open, withdrew from the event.
This year’s U.S. Women’s Open will tee off June 19-22 on the heels of the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.