Lucy Lin fulfilled a childhood dream on Monday when she was still a child.
The 12-year-old Vancouver native won a 3-1 playoff match to qualify for the LPGA’s CP Women’s Open on Monday, becoming the youngest person to qualify for Canada’s National Open. Lin edges out Michelle Liu, who at age 12 in 2019 made her first LPGA start at the event.
“Pretty excited, quite excited,” Lin said Tuesday. “Really no words to describe it. The feeling is pretty awesome.”
Just after claiming last place in the event and making history, Lin didn’t realize the magnitude of his achievement.
“I didn’t know (she was the youngest to qualify for the event) until I finished the round and someone told me,” Lin said.
What makes Lin’s accomplishment even more impressive is that she didn’t start playing golf until after her ninth birthday. Just three years later, she would star alongside some of the game’s biggest stars, with her mother on her bag.
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“Just enjoying the experience and meeting all these great players,” Lin said when asked what she was most looking forward to this week, “and hopefully getting some autographs.”
Some of these marquee players, however, are just as excited to play with Lin at the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.
“It’s amazing to see all the young talent come out and qualify on Monday,” said Canadian and two-time major champion Brooke Henderson. “I did several Monday qualifiers a few years ago and they’re tough, there’s a lot of competition. So it’s pretty impressive that she was able to make it.”
“I participated in my first Canadian Open at the age of 14 and it changed my life. I’m sure this week will be huge for her, and she’s going to really enjoy it and be a huge learning experience, which I think is great. Like I said, the talent just keeps getting better and younger, and so that’s pretty cool.”
Ten years ago at this tournament, Lydia Ko, then an amateur, won her first LPGA title while becoming the youngest winner on the tour. This is a record that still stands. Although Lin would love to break that record, she said, “I hope I can make the cut.”
Wherever Lin finishes on the leaderboard, it will always be a memorable week – and perhaps the stepping stone to something bigger.
“It’s a dream come true, to be here at a very young age,” she said. “But super excited. Coming in on Monday, I didn’t really know I would be here, but I did (the) best I could. But I ended up here, so I’m really excited about that.”