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

  • Lucy Li watches her tee shot on the 14th 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)

    Lucy Li watches her tee shot on the 14th 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lucy Li waits to putt on the 13th green 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)

    Lucy Li waits to putt on the 13th green 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)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lucy Li checks out her lie in the waste area on the 11th fairway during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Looking on is her caddie Bryan Bush. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Lucy Li checks out her lie in the waste area on the 11th fairway during the first round of the U.S. Women's Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Thursday, June 19, 2014. Looking on is her caddie Bryan Bush. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)  (The Associated Press)

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.