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Megha Ganne: 17-year-old high school junior has day to remember at US Women’s Open

When that occurred, Megha Ganne was only a baby.

Fast ahead to 2021 and Ganne — a 17-year-old high school junior — pulled off the identical feat on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club, ending on a four-under 67 after day one of many 2021 version of the main.

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.

This is the first year that the San Francisco Lake Course has hosted a ladies’s main, but it surely has loads of top-tier aggressive historical past within the males’s sport, notably internet hosting 5 US Open tournaments.

Playing for high stakes

Ganne, who’s from New Jersey, is ranked third within the Rolex AJGA Rankings and 71st within the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) and has form in holding her nerve when enjoying 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.

Megha Ganne competes in the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship at Augusta National in April 2019.
In a post-round press conference, Ganne admitted that her first impression of the sprawling course threw her a bit.

“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.

Following her spherical, the LPGA tweeted: “What a displaying from beginner Megha Ganne.”

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.”

The world No. 33, who received her first LPGA Tour title last October, additionally credited four-time males’s main winner Brooks Koepka for his recommendation.

“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.”

Catherine Lacoste stays the only amateur to have received the US Women’s Open, clinching the Harton S. Semple Trophy in 1967.

Ganne will proceed to pursue victory on Friday in a bunch alongside Hong Kong’s Tiffany Chan and Finland’s Matilda Castren.

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