Green eyes golf­ing big­time


Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Sport -­mu­ni­ d472894

WHEN Han­nah Green flew out to the United States in March she had the type of lofty am­bi­tions that some might have con­fused for the naïve tar­get set­ting of a tour rookie.

The 20-year-old, who calls Lath­lain home when she is in Perth, vowed to clinch three wins and a place on the LPGA Tour.

Last week, she com­pleted that goal.

Green blitzed the Symetra Tour field to win the rain-de­layed IOA Golf Clas­sic by two strokes and con­firm what she sus­pected all those months ago – that she is ready for the big time.

Vic­tory at the El Do­rado Shootout a fort­night ago had al­ready booked Green’s LPGA Tour card for next sea­son – where she will join fel­low WA player Min­jee Lee – but her suc­cess in Florida re­vealed a mental for­ti­tude that sug­gests Green is well placed to make the step up in class.

After a year driv­ing from event to event, and liv­ing out of a suit­case thou­sands of kilo­me­tres away from home, Green could have been for­given for men­tally switch­ing off after se­cur­ing her LPGA Tour place two weeks ago.

How­ever, she has done any­thing but.

In the two events since Green fin­ished in a tie for fifth at the Guardian Cham­pi­onship be­fore her wire-to-wire suc­cess in Florida – an 11th top-10 fin­ish of a re­mark­ably con­sis­tent de­but sea­son.

“I al­ways wanted three wins and I talked to my coach (at the be­gin­ning of the year) and we set sim­ple goals and three was the ma­jor goal,” she said.

“To have two wins in three weeks is def­i­nitely not how I planned it out, but to have three is awe­some.”

It is per­haps un­sur­pris­ing that Green ad­mit­ted in the wake of vic­tory that she is start­ing to feel the ef­fects of a long sea­son with this week’s Tour Cham­pi­onship set to be her sixth tour­na­ment in a row.

Green had re­turned to Perth be­fore that run of events to re­gather her­self, and en­joy some home com­forts, in a move she cred­ited as be­ing cru­cial in in­spir­ing her late-sea­son run.

“My game has def­i­nitely im­proved and I think go­ing home dur­ing the off weeks was the big dif­fer­ence,” she said.

“See­ing my friends and fam­ily and only be­ing on the road for six weeks dur­ing this stretch has helped.

Green will take on the men at the WA Open at Royal Perth from Oc­to­ber 19-22.

Green’s red-hot form means that she is likely to be­come a ma­jor draw­card to the event as she bids to be­come the first fe­male to make the cut at the cen­tury-old event.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Han­nah Green (21) from Lath­lain is an emerg­ing golf star.

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