Indian American teen puts herself in contention at US Women’s Open


A 17-year-old Indian American teen is all set to compete in one of the world’s most renowned golf courses, the US Women’s Open, this weekend.

Megha Ganne, who is still in high school, is the first amateur in 15 years to achieve these feet since Jane Park achieved the feat in Newport Country Club in 2006.

This is her second United States Women’s Open, the first was in 2015, when she just 11 years old. This tournament is held for the first time at the Olympic Club, the site of five major men’s championships — she was at the top of the leaderboard after the early rounds on Friday.

By nightfall, she had been passed by two players — Yuka Saso of the Philippines, who shot a four-under-par 67 for a 36-hole score of six under, and Lee Jeong-eun, who also shot a 67 and was five-under for the tournament.

Ten other players were at even par, including 2018 champion Ariya Jutanugarn and Lydia Ko, as only 15 players managed to shoot under par at the Par-71 course.

The New Jersey girl, Ganne, had come into her second US Open the hard way as she won a three-way play-off to gain one spot last month. She had earlier played the US Open in 2019 and missed the cut. She is hoping to go to Stanford for college after finishing high school.

Ganne, whose parents Sudha and Hari are first-generation migrants, backed her interest in golf and she also revealed that she had a couple of good conversations with Brooks Koepka, who has won the US Open for men twice.

Ganne’s galleries have included members of the women’s golf coaching staff at Stanford, which she has verbally committed to attend starting in the fall of 2022, and her family.

Ganne’s father, Hari, is an information technology professional. Her mother, Sudha, is an endocrinologist, and her younger sister, Sirina, 13, is an eighth-grader who also plays golf.

Ganne’s resume includes starts at the 2017 US Women’s Amateur, the 2018 US Women’s Four-Ball Championship and the 2019 US Women’s Open in Charleston. She is also a four-time-finalist at the Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship at Augusta National.

While Ganne was clearly having her finest day at the US Open, co-leader Mel Reid was having her best round in a Major, as she had missed the cut in four of her last five US Opens.

The field of 156 will be trimmed to 60 after the second round.