By Rory Carroll
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – New Jersey highschool scholar Megha Ganne, who gained the hearts of golf followers all over the place together with her breakout performance at this week’s U.S. Women’s Open, stated she was thrilled to point out she may maintain her personal alongside the sport’s finest.
The amiable and energetic 17-year-old amateur shocked the sphere when she got here out of nowhere to be co-leader after the primary spherical, shortly changing into the speak of the event.
She proved her sizzling begin was no fluke with strong second and third rounds however performed herself out of competition early on Sunday with two bogeys and two doubles on the entrance 9 below difficult circumstances.
“I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life,” Ganne advised reporters.
“It’s everything I’ve wanted since I was little, so it’s just the best feeling.”
Ganne acquired rock star therapy from the followers at San Francisco’s Olympic Club, the place she tied for 14th on the 76th version of the most important event, ending because the low amateur.
“It was just electric. I can’t thank all these fans enough,” stated Ganne, who acquired shout-outs on social media from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and others over the previous 4 days.
“They’ve made my week so much better than it could have been,” she stated.
“I felt like there was so much love and so much support, and all of them are really excited to be out here, which is so great to see because I feel like in a small way I’m making an impact on the game, which is really cool.”
Ganne stated she was blissful for fellow teenager, buddy and event champion Yuka Saso and was inspired that she was capable of hold tempo with the sport’s finest on the brutally tough course.
“They’re the best players in the world, so it was cool to see that I was alongside them,” she stated.
“It was an honor.”
(This story corrects to Saso, not Sosa, in tenth paragraph)
(Reporting by Rory Carroll; modifying by Richard Pullin)