By Rory Carroll
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – New Jersey highschool pupil Megha Ganne’s sudden rise to the highest of the leaderboard on the U.S. Women’s Open earned her a shout-out from the state’s governor on Friday.
The 17-year-old beginner and in a single day co-leader adopted up her opening spherical 67 with a fair par 71 to stay four-under on the Olympic Club heading into the weekend of the most important match.
“New Jersey’s own Megha Ganne is on absolute fire at the #USWomensOpen,” New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy wrote on Twitter.
“Megha – all of New Jersey is behind you as you continue to dominate the leaderboard!”
Unlike many American youngsters, Ganne retains a low social-media profile and stated she was unaware of Murphy’s tweet till reporters instructed her about it.
“That’s really cool,” she stated.
“I didn’t know that I got a shout-out. Having all that support means so much to me, and I think with New Jersey there’s not a lot of representation in general, so it makes it even more exciting that I’m here.”
She stated she doesn’t really feel she is lacking out on a lot by staying away from social media websites like Instagram and Twitter.
“Of late there’s so much negative effects that I see on teenagers from social media, and it’s, one, a distraction, I think.
“Obviously it has its optimistic results and there is lots of people who handle it very well, nevertheless it’s not one thing I wish to attempt to experiment with, no less than proper now. I’m feeling wonderful with out it, in order that’s all it’s.”
On Thursday Ganne, who played in the Women’s U.S. Open two years ago at age 15, said taming her nerves was key to her success and said she felt even more comfortable on Friday despite the course being blanketed by dense San Francisco fog.
“I used to be far more calm than yesterday,” she said.
“The first 4 holes of yesterday I used to be form of jittery and a bit of bit panicked, however on the tee field at this time I had a little bit of a cushion, so I wasn’t as wired.
“I thought the course played pretty similar. It was a little bit chillier today and there was some fog in the air in the morning, so it was kind of just adding some yards to all the numbers. So it played a little bit longer, but other than that, pretty similar.”
Ganne, who blended three birdies with three bogeys on Friday, was the co-leader with Mel Reid on England, who was scheduled to exit as a part of the afternoon wave.
Ganne and Reid are at present one stroke forward of three gamers on the 76th version of the match.
If nobody goes decrease, Ganne could be the primary beginner to steer or co-lead after 36 holes on the match since Carol Semple Thompson in 1978.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in San Francisco; Editing by Matthew Lewis)