Saving the best for last?
That is what The Home Course in DuPont hopes for when it plays host to the final U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship, which begins Monday and includes two days of stroke play followed by four days of match play.
Some of the biggest names in the sport, including Michelle Wie and Yani Tseng, have won the event, which has been held annually since 1977 but is being replaced by a Four-Ball Championship.
Competitors must be public-course players. The field of 156 is made up mostly of college-age players, but perhaps the most attention this week will be on Lucy Li, who just finished the sixth grade.
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Li made national news last month when at age 11 she became the youngest player to qualify for the U.S. Women’s Open. She failed to make the cut at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina, but now gets another chance at a national championship.
She will know what to expect this week as this will be her second time in this event. Last year, at age 10, the Redwood Shores, Calif., resident was the second-youngest in history to qualify for the Public Links Championship. She then became the youngest in history to be one of the 64 players who advanced to match play, where she lost in the first round.
Among the players with local ties are the top two scorers for the University of Washington women last season, SooBin Kim and Jennifer Yang.
Li tees off at 7:41 a.m. from the first tee Monday.
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