Davies, 50, qualifies for U.S. Women's Open


Golf remains an equalizer of generations.

One day after 11-year-old Lucy Li became the youngest ever to qualify for the U.S. Women's Open, Laura Davies made it through sectionals to qualify for next month's event at Pinehurst No. 2 at the age of 50.

Davies won the U.S. Women's Open in 1987, the first of her four major titles. She carded rounds of 72 and 75 at Rumson Country Club in Rumson, N.J., and her 5-over total was good enough to grab the second of two qualifying spots available, three shots behind medalist Catherine O'Donnell.

Despite bogeys on three of her final four holes, Davies will make her 26th U.S. Women's Open appearance next month, but only her second since 2009.

"I couldn’t be so pleased as to be going to Pinehurst where the Open is back-to-back with the men. I’ll be seeing a lot of old friends," she told reporters. "I know I’m closer to the end of my career than the beginning, but I feel I can win again. The way I hit the ball, I will still have my chances. I just love competing."

Davies has missed three of four LPGA cuts this year, with her best finish a tie for 15th at the JTBC Founders Cup in March. She is in the field this week at the Airbus LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala.