Li had plenty of support at her coming-out party at Pinehurst in the 2014 Women’s Open. Fans adored her and lined up for autographs. All the while, the diminutive junior held her own at the same venue where Michelle Wie made her own splash with her first major-championship victory.
“The people at Pinehurst were so nice, the golf course was really tough and the food was really good,” said Li with her trademark laughter. “That’s what I remember. Oh, and the greens were tough.”
When asked how her experience at the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open impacted her game, Li called the week “incredible,” adding what only a teen might put at the top of her highlight list for the week.
“The people at Pinehurst were so nice, the golf course was really tough and the food was really good,” said Li with her trademark laughter. “That’s what I remember. Oh, and the greens were tough, and I met Webb Simpson.”
When pressed on how that week helped her become a better player, Li paused and gave the question some thought.
“I think it helped a lot because I learned I could play under pressure with a lot of people watching me,” she said. “That was the most people I have ever played in front of, for sure.”
Li said she wasn’t intimidated by the crowds that pressed against the ropes to watch her play the challenging Pinehurst No. 2. In fact, she admitted that she didn’t really notice the massive galleries.
“It was really about me and the golf course,” she said. “I didn’t really see all of those people when I played, but when I watched it on TV later, I was like, ‘Wow! There were that many people there?’”
The bronze plaque displayed in front of the statue of Robert Dedman Sr. on the Pinehurst Walk of Fame says it all. If we were to put it even more succinctly: Mr. Dedman is most responsible for resurrecting Pinehurst and making it is what it is – again – today.
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Mr. Dedman wrote a set of rules to live by – and, importantly, to work by as well. Clearly, they would work well for golf, too.
They are Robert’s Rules of Order.
A sense of balance must apply to all areas of your life, not just your livelihood.
It’s so important in life to have a life plan. Planning is a prelude to balance.
The more you learn, the more you earn. Even more importantly, the more you learn, the more you live.
A positive mental attitude is a key ingredient to a balanced, long and happy life.
Humor is one of the best ways to get and keep a positive mental attitude. When times get tough, humor help…even sick humor.
It’s nice to be important, but even more important to be nice.
Setting up “win-win” relationships is the ultimate measure of success in life…and in business.
Be a giver; not a taker. They don’t put luggage racks on hearses for good reason.
Integrity, good health, family and friends are worth more than money can buy.
Don’t forget to have fun. The more fun you have, the more money you make. It works both ways. The more money you make, the more fun you have.