Lucy Li Defeats Medalist Shannon Aubert in 117th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

Fourteen-year-old Lucy Li, of Redwood Shores, Calif., never trailed in her 1-up victory over medalist Shannon Aubert in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on San Diego Country Club’s par-72, 6,423-yard course.
Aubert, who shot a 9-under 135 in stroke play, which tied for the second-best stroke-play score in U.S. Women’s Amateur history, bogeyed the first two holes against Li, but came back with a birdie on the fourth hole. Li, who was the medalist in the U.S. Girls’ Junior two weeks ago, answered on the par-3 fifth by draining a 40-foot putt for birdie to regain a 2-up lead.
“I just putted really well,” said Li, who became the youngest player in U.S. Women’s Amateur championship history at 10 years, 10 months and 4 days old in 2013. “I made a lot of really good putts today. That was good.”
Aubert, a rising senior at Stanford University who resides in Stuart, Fla., when she’s not in school or playing golf in Europe, made things interesting, stringing together three birdies starting on No. 15, where she stuffed a 200-yard approach shot to 2 feet, cutting Li’s lead to 3 up.
Then on the par-5 16th, after Li’s approach flew the green and her chip-in for birdie lipped out, Aubert drained a 5-footer. With momentum on her side, Aubert, 21, watched as her approach on the 17th rolled to within a foot of the hole, which Li conceded prior to missing a chip-in for par.
Li held a 1-up lead heading to the 18th hole, which played as the most difficult in stroke play, producing only 21 birdies over two days, and neither Li nor Aubert had played it since Tuesday. With the hole location tucked behind a large, sloping bunker, Li, who in 2014 became the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history at 11 years, 8 months and 19 days old, attempted to go for it on her approach, but ended up in the front-left bunker, and Aubert landed just off the back of the green.
Putting first, Aubert’s ball lipped out after hitting the flagstick, then…

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