New Jersey teen still in US Women’s Open hunt after strong second round

Megha Ganne's run atop the US Women's Open leaderboard isn't done just yet.

Megha Ganne’s run atop the US Women’s Open leaderboard isn’t done just yet.

The 17-year-old New Jersey high school junior remains tied for the lead at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, posting an even-par second-round 71 on Friday in the morning rounds. She stands at 4-under with the late group pairings playing their second rounds now.

Ganne, who has carded nine birdies through 37 holes, posted three birdies early in her Friday round, but carded three bogeys on the back nine — including a second straight extra stroke in the par-4 18th hole — that left her even for the day.

It comes on the heels of a four-under 67 to open the tournament, which made Ganne the first amateur to lead or co-lead after any round of the tournament since 2006.

The 138 (four-under) through two rounds had her tied with fellow American Megan Khang after Friday’s morning rounds.

Not that the soon-to-be Stanford student’s rise should be shocking to anyone.

Megha Ganne waves after making her putt on the eighth green.
AP Photo

Despite her youth, Ganne has already picked up plenty of experience on the big stage — she entered the tournament at No. 3 in the Rolex AJGA rankings and 71st in the World Amateur Golf Rankings. She’s a four-time finalist in the Drive, Chip and Putt National Championship took part in Augusta National Women’s Amateur in April.

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Michael Blinn

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