At this point in the golfing world – and even beyond – most people already know that 11-year-old Lucy Li is the youngest golfer to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open.
So when the smiling pigtailed sixth-grader with a mouth full of braces take her first swing Thursday in Pinehurst, North Carolina against the best female golfers in the world, there are some other things you might want to know about her.
Here’s a list of four facts (Par 4, that is) that you may want to know about Lucy:
1) One of her favorite golfing spots near her home of Redwood Shores, California is Mariners Point in Foster City. In an interview in May, PGA Golf Pro Joby Ross said he remembered Lucy golfing there was she was just three years old. Sometimes he saw her with her mom and aunt having a tantrum. But she was crying, he was later told, because she didn't want to leave the greens.
2) Lucy, who is homeschooled, spends four months out of the year training near Miami with golf coach Jim McLean. Her aunt, Tao Zeng, an eye doctor, watches over her while her parents stay back in Silicon Valley. Her dad, Warren Li, is a stock trader, and her mother, Amy Zeng, works at Hewlett Packard.
3) Lucy’s brother, Luke, 18, studies at Princeton, and like their dad, plays golf. Lucy’s mom, however, is a ping pong whiz.
4) When Lucy shot a 68 at Half Moon Bay last month to win her sectional by seven shots, she celebrated by having dinner and watching "The Amazing Spiderman 2."
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 19, 2014
Source: NBC Bay Area reporting, Jim McLean, Associated Press