A sampling of opinion, observations and wit collected during the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open:
LPGA@LPGA: “Don’t be scared. We don’t bite. Just ask a lot of questions” @themichellewie on her advice to Lucy Li.
Golfweek Forecaddie@4caddie: Now on the tee ... Lucy Li. Nice ring to it, don’t you think?
Caulton Tudor@CaultonTudor: #USOpen Only 4 birdies at No. 2’s No. 1 hole so far. Lucy Li has one of ’em.
AP golf writer Doug Ferguson@dougferguson405: For those keeping track at home, the course played 1,064 yards shorter for the women in the opening round at Pinehurst.
Golf writer Ron Sirak@ronsirak: This is the first major of the year with Woods in the field. Cheyenne is +1 thru 3 at the Women’s @usopengolf.
N&O’s Chip Alexander@ice_chip: Stacy Lewis after first-round 67: “It was such an easy day. The golf course wasn’t easy by any means but good shots were rewarded.” #USOpen.
Yahoo golf writer Shane Bacon@ShaneBacon: Martin Kaymer nods in her direction RT @GolfweekNichols: Stacy Lewis called it an “easy” day. I guess so. She hit 17 greens and 13 fairways.
LPGA@LPGA: “It’s contagious...they define your career” @Stacy_Lewis on winning majors.
Golf Digest writer Tim Rosaforte@TimRosaforte: After a shaky start (double at her first), 11-year-old Lucy Li has played next five holes in +1, with 4 pars. Maybe she’s not too young.
N&O’s Luke DeCock@LukeDeCock: No practice swings for Lucy Li. Steps up and hits it. Golfers of all ages can learn from that. #usopen.
Pinehurst Resort@PinehurstResort: It doesn’t matter what Lucy Li shoots today. She has the largest gallery on the course now.
USA Today golf writer Steve DiMeglio@Steve_DiMeglio: Solid par save at 2, her 11th hole, and Lucy Li double pumps and stays at 4 over.
Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman@KellyTilghmanGC: Dora the Explorer ain’t got nothing on 11 yr old Lucy Li who’s plugging away in US Women’s Open. #AppreciateHistory.
AP golf writer Doug Ferguson@dougferguson405: Lucy won chipping portion of Drive, Chip & Putt at Augusta. Chipping today on shots where putter probably the better play. #comfortzone.
Golf writer Stephanie Wei@StephanieWei: 11-year-old Lucy Li is +7 thru 13. Still, that’s probably better than how you & I would do on this track in these conditions! #USWomensOpen.
Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman@KellyTilghmanGC: We all scream for ice cream! RT @BillFields1 Lucy Li, 11, after her 1st round 78 in U.S. Women’s Open.
Lost Lettermen@LostLettermen: Lucy Li, 11, just shot 78 at Pinehurst No. 2. In other news, I just retired from golf.
Yahoo’s Shane Bacon@ShaneBacon: Lucy Li’s 78 today? Better than Natalie Gulbis, Jessica Korda, and tied with Cheyenne Woods. Incredible.
AP golf writer Doug Ferguson@dougferguson405: One more @JuliInkster tidbit. Only 8 players in the field at Pinehurst were born before she played her first Open. Lucy Li not one of them.
AP golfer writer Doug Ferguson@dougferguson405: Was going to ask Lucy Li what she thought about Morgan Pressel qualifying at 12 for Pine Needles. But then remembered she wasn’t born then.
Golf writer Ron Sirak@ronsirak: And @JuliInkster who turns 54 next Tuesday and is playing her 35th Women’s @usopengolf tied for lead at -1 thru 3 holes.
N&O’s Laura Keeley@laurakeeley: The women golfers have a lot more camaraderie than the men. Juli Inkster has been telling Cheyenne Woods & Natalie Gulbis stories all round.
Golf writer Ron Sirak@ronsirak: Pinehurst No. 2 not giving up many birdies early, and it will only get more difficult as thermometer climbs toward 100.
Golf Channel’s Randall Mell@RandallMellGC: Inbee Park gashes from native grasses over No. 3, chunks chip shirt from sandy cart path, left with long chip for par. Yikes, double bogey.
Golf writer Ron Sirak@ronsirak: How you know the @LPGA is expanding it’s fan base: Two people just stopped me and asked how to get to the golf course.
Golf writer Stephanie Wei@StephanieWei: Impressed w/the crowds here at Pinehurst for #USWomensOpen! Already appears to be more people than all week combined last year at Sebonack!
USA Today’s Steve DiMeglio@Steve_DiMeglio: Here for the US Women’s Open? Then without question go to the Full Moon Oyster Bar. My lord it is great.
AP golf writer Doug Ferguson@dougferguson405: We can confirm that Steve DiMeglio is taller than Lucy Li. By 2 inches. Tops.
AP golf writer Doug Ferguson@dougferguson405: Pearls of wisdom from an 11-year-old: “You gotta like the golf course, man.” #LucyLi.
Golf Digest’s Ashley Mayo@AshleyKMayo: Reporter, to 11-year-old Lucy Li: “What’s your plan for the rest of the day?” Lucy: “Eat some more ice cream.”