After handling the assembled media during a press conference Tuesday, 11-year-old amateur Lucy Li will do her best to handle Pinehurst No. 2 starting today in the first round of the U.S. Women's Open.
The sixth grader, who is the youngest player ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, tees off No. 10 at 7:07 a.m. ET with Catherine O'Donnell and Jessica Wallace.
Here are five things to know about Li.
1. PINEHURST NO. 2 IS A BEAST; LI IS NOT: Although the 5-1 Li, who weighs less than 100 pounds, can hit her driver 230 yards – "It goes farther in tournaments where there's adrenaline," she said – the course's length will challenge her, especially the 451-yard par-4 fourth, the 458-yard par-4 16th and the uphill 420-yard par-4 18th.
2. TURNING PRO IS NOT ON HER MIND: As she swiveled from side to side during Tuesday's press conference, Li didn't sound like shooting a pair of 83s will scar her. "I just want to go out there and have fun and play the best I can and I really don't care about the outcome, it's just I want to have fun and learn. I can learn a lot from these great players. … I haven't really thought about (being a pro). Right now it's just play as well as I can and the game's going to take me wherever it's going to take me, so I just really don't care that much."
3. SHE WILL BE COLORFUL: Li has made her own costumes for Halloween since turning 7. Braids that hold her three ponytails together are every color imaginable. She's already worn a jazzy zebra print top and a cute green outfit featuring sparkles on her shoulders this week.
4. GIVE HER A BOOK: Her coach, Jim McLean, said Li knows the game's history and could hold a conversation if the topic turns to Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan or Jack Nicklaus. She has read 400-page books in two days. She has read all the works of Rick Riordan and loves books on Sherlock Holmes.
5. THANKS LUKE, SORRY DAD: Li started playing golf at 7 after she started watching her brother, Luke, practice on the range. Her father, Warren, also plays golf. "My dad likes to play, he's actually pretty good," Li said. Can he beat you, Li was asked. She leaned back and looked upward with a big smile on her face, leaned forward and said, "No," and started to giggle.