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Megha Ganne: 17-year-old highschool junior has day to recollect at US Ladies’s Open

2021-06-04 14:03:00

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When that occurred, Megha Ganne was only a little one.

Quick ahead to 2021 and Ganne — a 17-year-old highschool junior — pulled off the identical feat on the Lake Course at The Olympic Membership, ending on a four-under 67 after day one of many 2021 version of the foremost.

Recognized for its twisted, forest-lined fairways, tiny greens and dense tough, the course is a tricky one to navigate.

However Ganne managed to stability 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.

Nonetheless, on 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.

That is the primary 12 months that the San Francisco Lake Course has hosted a girls’s main, but it surely has loads of top-tier aggressive historical past within the males’s recreation, notably internet hosting 5 US Open tournaments.

Enjoying for top stakes

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

She is a four-time finalist within the Drive, Chip and Putt Nationwide Championship and competed within the Augusta Nationwide Ladies’s Newbie this April. In 2019, she reached the semifinals of the US Ladies’s Newbie at Previous Waverly Golf Membership in Mississippi.

In 2020, after advancing to match play within the US Ladies’s Newbie, she ended the 12 months with top-five finishes on the AJGA Women’ Championship, the Rolex Event of Champions and the Dixie Newbie.

In a post-round press convention, 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 received some rounds in and gained just a little little bit of confidence,” added Ganne, who plans on attending Stanford College in 2022.

Following her spherical, the LPGA tweeted: “What a displaying from novice 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 feel the primary time is nerve-racking for anyone and assembly your idols and being on the stage for the primary time,” she defined.

“However the second time round, even the follow rounds, I wasn’t as nervous. I felt like I may come right here and simply play my recreation as an alternative of soaking that each one in.”

Joint on the prime

On a day the place most gamers have been struggling to interrupt 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 recreation plan. It is in all probability one of the best I’ve had for a event.”

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

“He gave me a number of issues that he follows by in a significant, so clearly recognize his assist,” she mentioned. “What he instructed me was, I believed, invaluable, truthfully, and it made me have just a little bit completely different strategy. That is why I really feel like I ready one of the best.”

Catherine Lacoste stays the one novice to have received the US Ladies’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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