As a participant of First Tee of Metropolitan New York since she was seven years old, Megha Ganne has an adept knowledge of the game of golf. Now, eight years later her work proves to be paying off…
At just 15 years old, Megha Ganne stole the show last month at the U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, New Jersey. The high school freshman out of Holmdel, New Jersey shot an even-par 70-72-142 beating out a field of 40, including eight professional golfers, and claiming her spot in the U.S. Women’s Open.
One month later Megha is heading down to Charleston, SC to compete against the world’s best female golfers, but she doesn’t seem too worried.“I’m going to be playing six rounds of walking golf in 90 degree weather and I’m not scared at all because of the First Tee and what they prepped me through for the last five years at summer camp…I think if anyone is prepared in the field for the physical conditions it’s going to be me” says Megha. Watch out Charleston, here she comes!
Though this will be her first major, the high school freshman is no novice to championships. The reigning New Jersey State Golf Association Junior Girls champion has also participated in the US Women’s Amateur (2017), US Girl’s Junior Championship in (2017 and 2018), and US Women’s Four-Ball Championship (2018). Last month, Megha finished second in the 2019 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National. She made history by becoming the first junior to earn a spot in the DCP for the fourth time in the event’s six year history.
Megha hopes to continue representing First Tee to inspire others to pick up the game. Tune-in to the U.S. Women’s Open this weekend to keep up with Megha’s story.
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