Jun 4, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Megha Ganne waves after placing out on the eighth inexperienced through the second spherical of the U.S. Girls’s Open golf match at The Olympic Membership. Obligatory Credit score: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports activities
June 4, 2021
By Rory Carroll
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – New Jersey highschool pupil Megha Ganne’s surprising rise to the highest of the leaderboard on the U.S. Girls’s Open earned her a shout-out from the state’s governor on Friday.
The 17-year-old novice and in a single day co-leader adopted up her opening spherical 67 with an excellent par 71 to stay four-under on the Olympic Membership heading into the weekend of the most important match.
“New Jersey’s personal Megha Ganne is on absolute hearth on the #USWomensOpen,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy wrote on Twitter.
“Megha – all of New Jersey is behind you as you proceed to dominate the leaderboard!”
Not like many American youngsters, Ganne retains a low social-media profile and mentioned she was unaware of Murphy’s tweet till reporters instructed her about it.
“That’s actually cool,” she mentioned.
“I didn’t know that I bought a shout-out. Having all that help means a lot to me, and I believe with New Jersey there’s not lots of illustration normally, so it makes it much more thrilling that I’m right here.”
She mentioned she doesn’t really feel she is lacking out on a lot by staying away from social media websites like Instagram and Twitter.
“Of late there’s a lot destructive results that I see on youngsters from social media, and it’s, one, a distraction, I believe.
“Clearly it has its constructive results and there’s lots of people who handle it rather well, but it surely’s not one thing I wish to attempt to experiment with, not less than proper now. I’m feeling effective with out it, in order that’s all it’s.”
On Thursday Ganne, who performed within the Girls’s U.S. Open two years in the past at age 15, mentioned taming her nerves was key to her success and mentioned she felt much more comfy on Friday regardless of the course being blanketed by dense San Francisco fog.
“I used to be far more calm than yesterday,” she mentioned.
“The primary 4 holes of yesterday I used to be form of jittery and a bit bit panicked, however on the tee field as we speak I had a little bit of a cushion, so I wasn’t as stressed.
“I assumed the course performed fairly related. It was a bit bit chillier as we speak and there was some fog within the air within the morning, so it was form of simply including some yards to all of the numbers. So it performed a bit bit longer, however apart from that, fairly related.”
Ganne, who blended three birdies with three bogeys on Friday, was the co-leader with Mel Reid on England, who was scheduled to exit as a part of the afternoon wave.
Ganne and Reid are at the moment one stroke forward of three gamers on the 76th version of the match.
If nobody goes decrease, Ganne can be the primary novice to guide or co-lead after 36 holes on the match since Carol Semple Thompson in 1978.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in San Francisco; Enhancing by Matthew Lewis)