In a story by the USGA’s Lisa D. Mickey, the sweetheart of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open on Pinehurst No. 2, Lucy Li, looks back on her experiences with the championship, Pinehurst, ice cream…and Webb Simpson. (We encourage you to read the entire story by Mickey, which gives some detail on how Lucy has grown since appearing at the Open.)
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?’”
We’re closely following Lucy’s progress at the U.S. Girls’ Junior, and looking forward to her performance at the U.S. Women’s Amateur as well.