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Golf-Amateur Ganne holds her nerve to tie for U.S. Women’s Open lead

By Rory Carroll

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – High college pupil Megha Ganne confirmed outstanding composure in compiling a four-under-par 67 on the U.S. Women’s Open on Thursday to sit tied for the lead after the primary spherical of the main.

The 17-year-old newbie, who combined six birdies with a pair of bogeys behind some excellent placing, is making her second look on the match and stated she felt extra relaxed this time round.

“I think the first time is nerve-racking for anybody — meeting your idols and being on the stage for the first time,” stated Ganne, who’s co-leader with England’s Mel Reid.

“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. So I got that out of the way the first time around.

“Definitely a little bit bit simpler this time.”

Her first impression of The Olympic Club’s sprawling Lake Course, with its narrow fairways, ankle-high rough and postage-stamp sized greens, rattled her.

“It was sort of terrifying to see it for the primary time, however I acquired some rounds in and gained a little bit little bit of confidence,” she said.

“I did not panic once I acquired into the tough a few occasions on the market as a result of there are positively holes I wasn’t conserving within the fairway, and it is simple to panic on the market, and I did not try this,” added Ganne, who plans to attend Stanford University.

“I feel simply figuring out that everybody within the discipline has to take care of it, and whoever makes the neatest selections out of there and picks the most effective traces and does not take pointless dangers goes to be the one who finally ends up higher off.”

Ganne will exit as a part of the morning wave on Friday.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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