March 27, 2017
At just 14 years old, Lucy Li of Redwood Shores has earned her way into her second LPGA major championship. This past weekend, Li held off some of the world’s top-ranked girls at the ANA Junior Inspiration, an American Junior Golf Association event held in conjunction with the LPGA Tour’s ANA Inspiration.
With a 3-under-par tournament total, the JTNC and Youth on Course member will head into the first LPGA major of the year with some serious momentum and comfort with the Dinah Shores Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club.
“I’m just so excited right now,” Li said. “I can’t wait to play next week. The greens are so pure and the rough is really thick; I have a lot of fun playing out here.”
Even though Li is still a few years out from being able to drive a car, she is already familiar with teeing up alongside the LPGA’s best. The Northern California native first erupted onto the national golf stage when she became the youngest player to ever qualify for the Women’s U.S. Open at the age of 11.
Since her time in the spotlight at Pinehurst, Li has been proving to the golf world that her rise to stardom was no fluke. Li won the 2016 Junior PGA Championship and helped the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team secure its fifth consecutive victory over team Europe with a dominant 6 & 4 win in Singles.
Li will not be the only Northern California Golf Association amateur taking on the pros. Olympic Club’s Hannah O’Sullivan and Stanford star freshman Andrea Lee will also be making their 2017 major debuts.