Junior Day inspires youngsters to dream big at U.S. Women’s Open

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MANHEIM TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Wednesday was Junior Day at the U.S. Women's Open. Dozens of kids 17-years-old and younger made their way to the Lancaster Country Club for the day, but they weren't there as spectators.

The golf fanatics have access to special areas on the course to get closer than ever to players and the action . The experience is familiar for pros, like Brittany Lincicome who spent her early years with organizations like LPGA-USGA girls golf, an opportunity she said helped her dreams come true.

"It was a huge help for me," Brittany Lincicome said. "Growing up there was only boys that played, so having the girls golf program to play with other girls my age was nice to practice and hang out with girl my own age."

Three sisters from Abbottstown, Lancaster County got their chance to mingle with the golfers.

Ella Moores said, "I'm really excited to see the women golf today."

Moores is inspired by the pros."I love to watch their swings, just being down here on the practice  area, watching swings is really cool," she said.

The teen golfer's younger sisters are now falling her lead and learning from the pros.

"I like watching them hit because when I try and hit, sometimes my dad gives me tips, because he likes to see the golfers and he gives me tips they give and then sometimes I can hit it really far, it's fun," Elizabeth Moores said.

"Me and my sister, Ella got an autograph and I wanted some too and I want to see them hit the golf ball," Sophia Moores, said.

Junior day also allows young spectators access to special areas inside the ropes to get closer than ever to the players.

"I think they do a good job," Sophia said.

From good to great, pros like Lincicome credit her success to experiences in youth golf events like Junior Day. "Anytime you can get young girls or guys out to the golf course and show them what goes on here, they think it's intimidating at first, but then among us, it gives them something to shoot for," she said.

The Moores' sisters hope Lincicome's is right. "No reason why they can't be on a UPGA tour one of these days."