Teenage amateur Megha Ganne holds share of U.S. Women's Open lead

6/4/2021 12:42:57 AM EST

High school junior Megha Ganne carded a 4-under 67 on Thursday to share the first-round lead with England's Mel Reid at the U.S. Women's Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.

Ganne, a 17-year-old amateur, recorded six birdies against two bogeys on the biggest stage in women's golf. She held the lead until a bogey at 18 knocked her back into a tie.

The 33-year-old Reid notched five birdies and one bogey in her first trip around the Lake Course.

Megan Khang, Angel Yin and Canada's Brooke Henderson were tied for third, one shot back.

Ganne, who attends Holmdel High in New Jersey, is playing in her second U.S. Open. She said she is much more comfortable this time around.

"I think the first time is nerve-racking for anybody and meeting your idols and being on the stage for the first time," Ganne said. "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 easier this time."

Ganne didn't make the cut in her first U.S. Open as a 15-year-old high school freshman in 2019 at Charleston, S.C. She isn't going to have that problem this time around unless she suffers an epic collapse.

The Stanford commit started fast with birdies on Nos. 2 and 4 and added another on No. 8. Ganne bogeyed No. 11 but recovered with birdies on three of the ensuing five holes before stumbling on 18.

Ganne said she should have been more cautious on 18, similar to her approach throughout the round that she said was the key.

"I think just my ability to play smart and not take any unnecessary risks," Ganne said of her success. "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. So I think that was it."

Reid has just one LPGA Tour win and that came last October at the ShopRite LPGA Classic. Her best finish in a major came when she tied for third at the Women's PGA Championship in 2019.

But she put together a crisp round that was bogey-free until she also faltered at No. 18.

Reid shot par on each of the six holes before registering birdies on three of the next five. She later posted birdies on 15 and 16 and said she was surprised to shoot 4-under.

"I didn't think that score was out there, honestly," Reid said. "Yeah, I had a pretty good game plan. It's probably the best I've had for a tournament. We had a game plan and stuck to it.

"If you're in trouble, just get it out, make bogey. I think the key here is to not take many risks the first two, three days, and I didn't do that."

Reid described her play as "very, very solid" but also is well aware that one stellar round doesn't win a tournament.

"There's a long, long way to go, and if you don't pay attention, this golf course can really eat you up," Reid said. "Just need to stay focused. Whoever wins at the end of this is going to be really tired come Sunday."

Henderson had six birdies, and one of her three bogeys came on 18 to prevent her from holding a share of the lead.

Khang had five birdies and two bogeys while Yin carded one eagle, three birdies and two bogeys. Yin's eagle came on the par-5, 17th hole.

Lexi Thompson, China's Shanshan Feng and The Philippines' Yuka Saso are tied for sixth place at 2-under 69.

South Korea's Jin Young Ko, the World No. 1, is one of seven golfers tied for ninth at 1-under.

Two amateurs -- Gurleen Kaur (who attends Baylor) and Sweden's Maja Stark -- were among the 10 tied for 16th at even-par.

Defending champion A Lim Kim of South Korea had a rough time and shot 8-over 79. She had four bogeys, one double-bogey, and one triple-bogey as well as one birdie.

--Field Level Media

NFL

Sat, 19 Jun 2021 15:44:40 EST Report: Bills pursuing new stadium in Orchard Park
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 12:31:01 EST Washington Football Team trademark application rejected
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 19:46:41 EST Report: Bills planning new outdoor stadium in Orchard Park
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 19:27:51 EST Report: 5-time Pro Bowl G Trai Turner visits Steelers
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 18:01:58 EST Cole Beasley talks with union after virus protocols complaints
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 13:10:25 EST Tom Brady on playing until 50: 'That’s a long time. Even for me'
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:33:30 EST Packers have 'one plan' regardless of quarterback
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:19:50 EST Bears sign TE Jake Butt, DT Mike Pennel, T Tyrone Wheatley Jr.
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 11:00:00 EST Jaguars sign former first-round WR Laquon Treadwell
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 19:11:15 EST 49ers DE Jordan Willis suspended six games for PED violation

MLB

Sat, 19 Jun 2021 21:01:38 EST Kyle Schwarber hits 2 HRs as Nats split DH against Mets
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 19:19:16 EST Mets place LHP Joey Lucchesi on IL, activate OF Albert Almora
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 18:31:31 EST Blue Jays' Alek Manoah ejected for HBP, benches clear
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 20:16:59 EST Rhys Hoskins HRs twice, knocks in 6 as Phils rout Giants
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 19:35:55 EST Red Sox use bottom of order to trip up Royals
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 19:37:34 EST Pirates explode for 6-run seventh to beat Indians
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 19:13:15 EST Nelson Cruz moves up HR list as Twins edge Rangers
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 19:51:37 EST Jays rally for 6 in ninth to overcome 6 HRs by Orioles
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 18:00:07 EST Report: Pitcher inspections will treat closers differently
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 17:31:50 EST Rays recall RHP Drew Rasmussen to add to bullpen

NBA

Sat, 19 Jun 2021 17:12:29 EST Game 1 availability for Suns' Chris Paul remains in doubt
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 16:18:18 EST Clippers take on Suns after historic win over Jazz
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 13:26:25 EST Hawks, 76ers set for Game 7 clash
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 13:11:58 EST Report: Lakers part ways with head trainer after injury-riddled season
Sat, 19 Jun 2021 01:03:47 EST Behind Terance Mann's 39, Clippers oust Jazz in Game 6
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 22:51:53 EST Sixers come from behind, force Game 7 vs. Hawks
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 17:21:42 EST Nets PG Kyrie Irving (ankle) ruled out for Game 7
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 18:24:32 EST Reports: Bradley Beal, Devin Booker commit to Team USA
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 13:24:42 EST Dirk Nowitzki joins Mavericks as special adviser
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 12:25:07 EST Hobbled Nets look to finish off Bucks in Game 7

NHL

Sat, 19 Jun 2021 19:05:34 EST Capitals re-sign F Shane Gersich to one-year deal
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 23:36:29 EST Josh Anderson's OT tally lifts Habs past Knights in Game 3
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 20:38:33 EST Panthers C Aleksander Barkov named Selke Trophy winner
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 19:38:09 EST Coyotes sign British 2018 draft pick Liam Kirk
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 16:01:35 EST As Lightning look to pad lead, Islanders search for answers
Fri, 18 Jun 2021 17:55:03 EST Habs coach Dominique Ducharme tests positive for COVID-19
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 22:58:52 EST Lightning win 2-1, lead Islanders 2-1 in series
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 17:45:36 EST Golden Knights seek fast start in Game 3 vs. Canadiens
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 13:58:23 EST Isles GM Lou Lamoriello a finalist for Gregory Award
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:48:11 EST Canes coach Rod Brind'Amour inks 3-year extension