June 13, 2016
Redwood Shores resident Lucy Li and five others are headed to this year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship at Ridgewood CC in New Jersey.
Li, the darling of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open, carded a 5-under 67 to earn medalist honors Monday in a qualifier held at par-72 Merced Golf and Country Club. Still only 13 years old, Li posted six birdies with just one bogey. She’d card a 3-under 33 on the back-nine.
Placing second with a 71 was Danville resident Ty Akabane. Akabane recently shot a 66 at the Junior Tour of Northern California Spring Series VII Championship. The 5-under 66 was the third lowest Girls’ score in JTNC history.
Third place went to Concord’s Yealimi Noh, who won the 2014 California Junior Girls’ State Championship, at 72.
Also advancing were Grace Fitzgerald of Poway (76), North Tustin’s Katie Stribling (76) and Kayla Sam of Anaheim Hills (77).
The first alternate spot went to Tiffany Kong of Vancouver at 78. Rocklin’s Nicole Schroeder (78) is the second alternate.
This year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur Championship will be held July 18-23.