WEST POINT, Miss. (WTVA) -- The U.S. Women's Amateur Championship started competitive golf in the country over 100 years ago.
The tournament bred some of the best professional golfers including champion Joanne Gunderson Carner who is only one USGA title short of golf superstar Tiger Woods.
15-year-old Megha Ganne is on the track to start her championship journey.
"It's been a dream of mine since I was very little, probably around 10 years old. I've always wanted to advance to match play in general," said Ganne.
The New Jersey native is only a sophomore in high school, making her second U.S. Amateur appearance, in one of the most challenging golf championships in the world.
"Any USGA event generally is just... You expect it to be the ultimate test and it was," said Ganne.
This morning, August 8, Ganne defeated Caroline Canales to advance to the semifinals tomorrow morning, leaving her just 2 more steps away from being named a champion. One step closer to her dream.
"The fact that I went through 36, 32, 16, quarterfinals and now I m in the semifinals it means the world to me," said Ganne.
She says one word sums up being a good golfer so young.
"Patience because it's a very difficult golf course, a very long day, and if you re just able to stay patient and not get too aggressive to quickly or get too frustrated," said Ganne.
And according to her, there's one major key to winning.
I think the person with the best rest wins.