An 11-year-old (yes, 11) qualified for the U.S. Women's Open

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There is something unique about the game of golf when it comes to age. Just a day after Miguel Angel Jimenez became the oldest winner ever on the European Tour at the ripe age of 50, a young lady who hasn't even reached her teens qualified for the U.S. Women's Open.

Lucy Li, an 11-year-old from Redwood Shores, Calif., qualified for next month's major, becoming the youngest ever to do so in the history of this storied championship.

Li did so by shooting incredible rounds of 74-68 at Half Moon Bay in California on Monday, qualifying for the championship at Pinehurst that will take place the week after the men play their U.S. Open on the same course.

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How crazy is this and what type of promise does this show for the potential of Li? Lexi Thompson, now 19, previously held the record as the youngest to ever qualify at the veteran age of 12, and she won her first LPGA major this season at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

And just how young is Li? In April, she was at Augusta National, as a part of the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt Championship (no spoiler really needed, as she won her age group), and get ready to feel really, really old, because Lucy Li was born in 2002 (by comparison, Tiger Woods was winning his seventh and eighth major championships that same year).

Li actually won her sectional qualifier on Monday by seven shots, which might be the most impressive part of all of this, and no matter how she plays at Pinehurst, the fact that an 11-year-old qualified for the toughest golf tournament of the year on the LPGA is absolutely amazing.

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