At the age of 17, Megha Ganne has proven she’s a force to be reckoned with on the golf course. As a participant of First Tee — Metropolitan New York since she was seven years old, all spotlights are on her as she shares the lead with four other players at the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open. In a span of two days of the tournament, Megha has recorded nine birdies and has become the sixth amateur in the championship’s history to shoot 67 or lower. One would think this is a lot to take in at such as young age, but Megha is no novice to championships.
In 2019, Megha Ganne stole the show at the U.S. Women’s Open Sectional Qualifying at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, New Jersey. She shot an even-par 70-72-142 beating out a field of 40, including eight professional golfers, and claiming her spot in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open.
“The first time [at a U.S. Open] is nerve-racking for anybody and meeting your idols and being on the stage for the first time. But the second time around, even the practice rounds, I wasn’t as nervous. I felt like I could come here and just play my game instead of soaking that all in. Definitely a little bit easier this time.”
Megha’s other achievements include: New Jersey State Golf Association Junior Girls champion, US Women’s Amateur (2017), US Girl’s Junior Championship (2017 and 2018), and US Women’s Four-Ball Championship (2018). She made history in 2019 by becoming the first junior to earn a spot in the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship for the fourth time in the event’s six-year history.
When she’s not playing golf, Megha continues to represent First Tee and inspire others to be game-changers on and off the course.
Tune-in to the U.S. Women’s Open this week to keep up with Megha’s story.