For two weeks in June 2014, the eyes of the golf world focused on the Village of Pinehurst in North Carolina, where Donald Ross’ famed Course No. 2 hosted the unprecedented back-to-back U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.
One week after Martin Kaymer earned a resounding eight-stroke victory in the U.S. Open, Michelle Wie captured her first major championship by holding off a hard-charging Stacy Lewis in the final round. Wie rebounded from a double bogey on the 70th hole with a 25-foot birdie putt on the 71st to secure her two-stroke victory. Her meticulous preparation for the championship included studying yardage books she borrowed from friends Keegan Bradley and Rickie Fowler. For Wie, a career marked with so much promise and potential at a young age was fulfilled with a major championship breakthrough at the U.S. Women’s Open.
Just as Michelle made her entry at a young age, eleven-year-old Lucy Li is the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history. The California native began playing golf at age 7 and in April 2014 won the Girls age 10-11 division in the inaugural Drive, Chip & Putt Championship.
At Pinehurst No. 2, Li shot consecutive 78s and missed the 36-hole cut, but she impressed fans and fellow competitors alike with her skill and poise. She wore this American flag-patterned shirt during the first round. Li remained at Pinehurst for the weekend, walking with the final grouping as a spectator.
On Display are artifacts of Michelle Wie, 2014 U.S. Women’s Open
Golf shoes manufactured by Nike
Yardage book printed by Tour Sherpa, Inc.
Scorecard printed for the United States Golf Association
Shirt worn by Lucy Li, 2014 U.S. Women’s Open
Manufactured by Tween Brands, Pataskala, Ohio