Megha Ganne is playing a lot of golf this week at the Old Waverly Golf Club in West Port Mississippi… a lot of good golf. The three matches on the way to today’s quarterfinal were won on the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth holes. She is getting to see the whole golf course each round and that’s definitely working for her.
Megha’s stellar play is a continuation of a summer of great golf for the 15-year-old rising sophomore at Holmdel High School. She started the year as a finalist in the Drive, Chip and Putt at the Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters. She was the qualifying medalist for the U.S. Women’s Open and qualifying medalist for the U.S. Women’s Amateur. She participated in the U.S. Junior in late July so she has run the gamut of major amateur golf this season.
In the round of 64 at Old Waverly, Megha faced Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, N.C. in a match that saw only 5 tied holes. Megha first took the lead after a par on 16 but quickly lost that lead when Gina birdied the 17th. Megha’s par on the final hole gave her a win and she moved on.
Yesterday’s early match against Bentley Cotton of Austin, Texas saw an early lead slowly evaporate. Megha was 4 up through 7, but solid play from Cotton lead to her one up lead on the 18th tee. Ganne made a cool par at the last to push the match to extra holes where a birdie secured the victory.
In the afternoon match, Ganne again won the 18th hole to push the match into extra holes. After pars tied the first extra hole, Megha’s birdie 4 won the 20th and the match.
Megha will pair off against Caroline Canales of Calabasas, California in this morning’s quarterfinal match scheduled to begin at 7:15am.