Eleven-year-old Lucy Li becomes youngest golfer to qualify for US Women's Open

An 11-year-old girl has become the youngest golfer to qualify for the US Women's Open after winning her qualifier at Half Moon Bay in California.

Lucy Li earned a place in next month's golf major after shooting rounds of 74 and 68 at Half Moon Bay, US, beating her closest rival by seven strokes.

Lucy Li, 11, qualified for the US Women's Open. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

The schoolgirl hit two under par and will now play at the major which takes place between June 19-22 at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

Two-time women's major winner Dottie Pepper and golfer Michelle Wie praised Li on Twitter for her astonishing achievement.

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Trying to get this straight in my head... Lucy Li qualifies for @usga Women's Open. Her DOB is in this century. THIS CENTURY. Whoa!

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"@steve_dimeglio: 11 year old qualifies for US Women's Open ... 11 !!!!!!! http://t.co/jvLFJ9pzBC" WOAH!!! Amazing

Li was born in California, US, but her mother Amy Zeng reportedly wants her daughter to represent Hong Kong.

Li was born in California but her mother reportedly wants her to represent Hong Kong. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

In qualifying for the US Women's Open, the 11-year-old has beat the previous record which was held by Lexi Thompson, at 12 years and four months in 2007.

However, Li will not be the youngest player to ever participate in the women's major as Beverly Klass was 10 when she competed in the 1967 championship, which was prior to the qualification process.

Klass made the cut in three of her four tournaments before the LPGA barred her by bringing in a minimum age of 18.

Li already has some experience of a major championship venue after winning the girls aged 10-11 division in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt contest at Augusta that preceded the Masters this year.