Teen Sensation Megha Ganne Will Play in the 2021 ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer
Highly-decorated New Jersey junior golfer will compete for the second-straight year on a sponsor exemption
June 4, 2021 – GALLOWAY, NJ – Junior golf standout and New Jersey native Megha Ganne will play in the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer for a second-straight year as a sponsor exemption when the tournament returns Sep. 27 – Oct. 3, 2021 to the Bay Course at Seaview, A Dolce Hotel.
Ganne, a 17-year-old junior at Holmdel High School in Monmouth County, NJ, has committed to play golf for Stanford University upon graduation. She is a former New Jersey State Golf Association Junior Girls champion, qualified and competed in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, and advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Ganne, who finished second in the 2019 Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals at Augusta National, competed for the first time this spring in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, one of the world’s top amateur events.
The inaugural champion of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur (ANWA) was Jennifer Kupcho, who turned professional shortly after the 2019 ANWA and made her LPGA debut at the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer.
“We are proud to boast a list of past champions that feature some of the legends of the LPGA but we’re also honored to have served as the launching point of the future stars of golf,” said Leela Narang, Executive Director of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer. “We hope Megha goes on to join the likes of Lexi Thompson, Paula Creamer, Brooke Henderson and Michelle Wie as major winners who began their careers at our event.”
“I’m thrilled that I’ve received a sponsor’s exemption and I’m especially excited knowing what a great experience I had last year,” said Ganne. “Playing in my home state is always the best feeling and I’m looking forward to my friends and family coming to watch.”
Ganne has been a member of The First Tee of Metropolitan New York and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf since the age of seven. She is believed to be the first person to be introduced to golf through the First Tee and eventually play in an LPGA event.
“We are thrilled for Megha that Shoprite has again offered this prestigious invitation to play in the ShopRite LPGA Classic,” said Katie Rudolph, COO of the First Tee – Metropolitan New York. “This year we plan to attend with hundreds of our First Tee kids who will be able to cheer Megha on as she continues to inspire and be a role model for so many kids out there.”
About the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer
The ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer is one of the largest and most prestigious events on the LPGA tour. It is held annually in Atlantic City on the Bay Course at Seaview, A Dolce Hotel, and features the world's best female golfers competing over three rounds for a $1.75 million purse. To date, ShopRite has donated more than $35 million to local charities through its association with LPGA. The event is owned and operated by Outlyr, a global marketing and event management agency. In addition to managing professional golf tournaments, Outlyr also operates a number of other sporting and lifestyle events and manages the sponsorship portfolio for several blue-chip clients.