When that occurred, Megha Ganne was only a baby.
Known for its twisted, forest-lined fairways, tiny greens and dense tough, the course is a troublesome one to navigate.
But Ganne managed to steadiness the unforgiving cool, damp and foggy situations and 6,361 yardage with some spectacular placing, and back-to-back birdies on the again 9 allowed her to take sole possession of the lead.
However, at the 18th gap her strategy shot landed in a greenside bunker and Ganne completed with a bogey to finish the day sharing the lead with England’s Mel Reid.
Playing for high stakes
She is a four-time finalist within the Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship and competed within the Augusta National Women’s Amateur this April. In 2019, she reached the semifinals of the US Women’s Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club in Mississippi.
In 2020, after advancing to match play within the US Women’s Amateur, she ended the 12 months with top-five finishes at the AJGA Girls’ Championship, the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Dixie Amateur.
“It was sort of terrifying to see it for the primary time, however I bought some rounds in and gained slightly little bit of confidence,” added Ganne, who plans on attending Stanford University in 2022.
After first enjoying the US Open event in Charleston in 2019 as a 15-year-old, Ganne managed to brush off her nerves the second time round.
“I believe the primary time is nerve-racking for anyone and assembly your idols and being on the stage for the primary time,” she defined.
“But the second time round, even the apply rounds, I wasn’t as nervous. I felt like I may come right here and simply play my sport as a substitute of soaking that each one in.”
Joint at the highest
On a day the place most gamers have been struggling to break par, England’s Reid secured 5 birdies and had just one bogey.
“I did not assume that rating was on the market truthfully,” Reid mentioned. “I had a fairly good sport plan. It’s in all probability the most effective I’ve had for a event.”
“He gave me just a few issues that he follows by in a significant, so clearly admire his assist,” she mentioned. “What he advised me was, I believed, invaluable, truthfully, and it made me have slightly bit completely different strategy. That’s why I really feel like I ready the most effective.”
Ganne will proceed to pursue victory on Friday in a bunch alongside Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan and Finland’s Matilda Castren.