Teenage beginner Megha Ganne confronted down the imposing Lake Course at Olympic Club on Thursday firing six birdies in a four-under-par 67 to affix Mel Reid atop the US Women’s Open leaderboard.
Reid, a six-time winner on the Ladies European Tour who claimed her first LPGA Tour title in October, got here out firing, opening with back-to-back birdies as she set an early goal that nobody however New Jersey highschool junior Ganne might match.
Ganne had really vaulted over Reid, taking sole possession of the lead at five-under after birdies on the fifteenth and sixteenth holes, however she bogeyed 18, the place she was in the tough and a greenside bunker.
“I think just my ability to play smart and not take any unnecessary risks,” Ganne, 17, stated of the important thing to her spherical. “And I didn’t panic when I got into the rough a couple of times out there — because there are definitely holes I wasn’t keeping in the fairway, and it’s easy to panic out there, and I didn’t do that.”
She admitted that the course, which has hosted 5 males’s US Opens however by no means earlier than hosted a girls’s main, was “kind of terrifying” at first sight.
“But I got some (practice) rounds in and gained a little bit of confidence,” Ganne stated.
Ganne, who gained a playoff to qualify for the championship, additionally had the expertise of taking part in the US Open two years in the past to attract on.
“I think the first time is nerve-racking for anybody and meeting your idols and being on the stage for the first time,” she stated. “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.”
Reid and Ganne had a one-shot lead over world quantity 5 Brooke Henderson of Canada and Americans Angel yin and Megan Khang.
Henderson arrived on the 18th with a share of the lead however three-putted from inside 20 for a closing bogey.
It was an extra stroke again to China’s Feng Shanshan, American Lexi Thompson and Yuka Saso of the Philippines.
World primary Ko Jin-young headed a bunch of seven – gamers on one-under 70 — a complete of 15 gamers ending the first-round underneath par.
World quantity two Park In-bee was in a bunch at even par 71, however third-ranked Kim Sei-young settled for a three-over 74 and fourth-ranked nelly Korda signed for a seven-over 78.
Defending champion Kim A-lim fared even worse, with an eight-over 79 that included a double bogey-bogey begin in addition to a triple bogey on her card.
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Reid was relishing the robust situations. After a birdie at her opening gap — the ninth, she discovered herself in dense tough at No. 10.
Undaunted, she blasted out to 10 toes and made the putt.
“I love the rough. That’s how a US Open should be,” stated Reid, who added one other brace of birdies at 15 and 16 earlier than her lone bogey at 18.
She picked up another birdie at her penultimate gap, the seventh.
“I didn’t think that score was out there honestly,” Reid admitted, however she was happy that her technique labored out.
“I had a pretty good game plan,” she stated. If you are in hassle, simply get it out, make bogey. I feel the important thing right here is to not take many dangers the primary two, three days, and I did not try this.”
Aiming to improve on prior US Open performances — she missed the cut in four of her last five starts — she talked to Brooks Koepka, a two-time men’s US Open champion — about how to tackle the event.
“He gave me just a few issues that he follows by in a serious, so clearly admire his assist,” Reid said. “What he advised me was, I believed, invaluable truthfully, and it made me have somewhat bit totally different strategy.”