U.S. Women's Four Ball gets a spark from Lucy Li
Kathleen Scavo (left) and Lucy Li (USGA photo)
Kathleen Scavo (left) and Lucy Li (USGA photo)

The inaugural U.S. Women’s Amateur Four- Ball field just received a delightful boost. Young Lucy Li, the ice cream-wielding tween who wowed us at Pinehurst No. 2 last summer, medaled at Pasatiempo Golf Club March 26 with teammate Kathleen Scavo, a 17-year-old senior at Justin-Siena High School in Napa, Calif.

Li, you might recall, beat Scavo by seven strokes at Half Moon Bay to become the youngest to ever qualify for the 2014 U.S. Women’s Open. This time around, however, they will form a formidable team May 9-13 at Pacific Dunes in Bandon, Ore. Li, now 12, is wise beyond her years but only in the seventh grade. Scavo received a scholarship to play at Oregon next fall.

The pair carded a bogey-free 7-under 65 to win the qualifier by three strokes. They were one of four teams to advance. Qualifying for the 64-team field ends March 30.

Li and Scavo won’t be the youngest team playing along the Pacific. A couple 13-year-old friends – Hannah Zeman and Briana Chacon – already advanced through a sectional at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

View all 2015 U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball qualifying results.

ABOUT THE U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball

The U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball, the newest USGA championship, was played for the first time in 2015 at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Bandon, Oregon. It immediately became one of the USGA's most popular tournaments. The event, which has no age restriction, is open to those women with a Handicap Index of 14.4 or lower. It is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs.

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