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Lucy Li ended the first round of the US Women's Open at eight over par, 11 strokes behind leader Stacy Lewis – not bad for and 11-year-old.
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Lucy Li of the USA walks towards the par 4, 12th hole during the first round of the 69th U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club, Course No. 2 on June 19, 2014 in Pinehurst, North Carolina. David Cannon/ AFP
Lucy Li plays the US Open
Lucy Li ended the first round of the US Women's Open at eight over par, 11 strokes behind leader Stacy Lewis. Apart from three bad holes, she did quite well, scoring over 1 over par for the other 15 holes on the very difficult Pinehurst, North Carolina golf course.
Oh yes, Li is only 11 years old, the youngest qualifer ever for the event.
Lucy Li of the USA who is only 11 years old chooses her club for her second shot at the par 4, 16th hole with her caddie Bryan Bush. David Cannon/ AFP
Li, whose family is from Hong Kong, answered reporters questions while eating an ice cream cone.
"Getting to play in the US Open was a lot of fun. I kind of struggled today, but it was great," Li said.
"I'm happy with how I played. I learned a lot," Li said. "I learned that you've got to be patient. One shot at a time. Try to get rid of the big numbers.
That's a mighty swing for an adult, but this young girl is only 11 years old. David Cannon/ AFP
"Even the shortest holes, if you're not in the right place, you can get double (bogey), easily."
"I was just trying to have fun, go out and play my best, whatever that was," she said. "I'm happy I broke 80."
When asked what she planned to do for the rest of the day she said: "Eat some more ice cream. It's good. It's melting, though."
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apart from: except for - นอกเหนือจาก
bogey: (in golf) a score of 1 stroke more than the standard score for a hole (= 1 over par 1 - คะแนนเกินพาร์ในกีฬากอล์ฟ
break: (in golf) to score less than a particular score -
get rid of: to remove something that is causing a problem; to throw something away - กำจัดหรือขจัดให้หมดไป
melt: to change from a solid form to liquid (e.g. ice to water) - ละลาย
patient: able to wait for a long time without becoming angry or upset - อดทน
qualifier: a person or team that has defeated others in order to enter a particular competition - ผู้เข้ารอบ, ผู้มีคุณสมบัติเหมาะ
reporter: someone whose job is to write articles or make broadcasts about events in the news - ผู้สื่อข่าว, นักข่าว
round: one of a series of events, activities, etc. - รอบ
struggle: to try hard to do something that you find very difficult - พยายาม, ประสบปัญหา, ต่อสู้กับปัญหา