Eleven-year-old Lucy Li, the youngest qualifier to ever tee it up at the U.S. Women’s Open, spoke eloquently about her game of golf - and in a post-game interview showed her age, answering tough questions in between licking a bright orange-and-pink ice cream cone.
Lucy, who lives in Redwood Shores, California, when she is not training in Miami, held her own Thursday at Pinehurst No. 2 except for three bad holes. "I got to practice my bunker shots," she jokingly told reporters afterward, in between steady licks of her neon colored treat.
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The sixth-grader wound up with an 8-over 78. That put her 11 shots behind the early leader, two-time major champion Stacy Lewis.
"I kind of struggled today," she said during a Golf Channel interview. "But it was great. I'm happy with how I played...Getting to play in the U.S. Open was a lot of fun."
After reporters peppered her with more questions, she said that the rest of the day's plans included enjoying her sugary snack.
"I'm going to eat some more ice cream," she said. "It's good. It's melting though."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.