11-year-old Lucy Li opens with 78 at Women's Open with 3 bad holes at Pinehurst

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Lucy Li reacts to her putt on the 11th hole during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Thursday, June 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

PINEHURST, N.C. (AP) — Lucy Li made two double bogeys, a triple bogey and finished her historic round at the U.S. Women's Open just like any other 11-year-old girl.

She went straight for an ice cream.

The sixth-grader from the Bay Area held her own at Pinehurst No. 2 except for three bad holes. Li wound up with an 8-over 78. That put her 11 shots behind the early leader, two-time major champion Stacy Lewis, and a long shot to become the youngest ever to make the cut in the Women's Open.

Li already is the youngest qualifier in championship history. She dressed for the occasion — an American theme, with silver stars among her red, white and blue outfit.

She made two birdies and a couple of grown-up par saves.

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