11-year-old golfer Lucy Li just wants to have fun

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ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS JUNE 14-15 - FILE - This June 19, 2013 file photo provided by the USGA shows Lucy Li hitting a tee shot on the sixth hole during the first round of the 2013 U.S. Women's Public Links golf event in Norman, Okla. Li, the 11-year-old from the suburbs south of San Francisco became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open by winning the sectional at Half Moon Bay in California by seven strokes last month. (AP Photo/USGA, Joel Kowsky, file)

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) -- With pigtails and plenty of giggles, Lucy Li just wants to have fun like any 11-year-old girl.

Except that she's playing the biggest event in women's golf.

The sixth-grader from California is the youngest qualifier in the history of the U.S. Women's Open. She played nine holes of practice Tuesday at Pinehurst No. 2 and is looking forward to a course where Martin Kaymer won a U.S. Open title Sunday.

Li won her age division in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship just two months ago. That means she gets to compete at Augusta National and Pinehurst No. 2 in the same year. Li says her friends back home couldn't believe it and will be watching when the tournament starts Thursday.

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