Most fear Donald Ross-designed courses, not Hannah Green (Perth, Australia). Green was one of only two players (of 144 total) that turned in a bogey-free scoreboard. She made four birdies on Friday to lead the Donald Ross Centennial Classic at French Lick Resort. Green, who ranks seventh on the Volvik Race for the Card money list, will go for her second win of the season this weekend.

There are five players one off the lead at 3-under, 68. Grace Na (Alameda, Calif.), Brittany Marchand (Orangeville, Canada), Elizabeth Szokol (Winnetka, Illinois), Caroline Inglis (Eugene, Oregon) and Elin Arvidsson (Falkenberg, Sweden) are all right on the heels of Green. 

Green, 20, made back-to-back birdies late on the front nine on holes seven and eight and also made birdies on 13 and 17. She made a nice par save on 18 after missing the green short with her approach.

“I hit the ball pretty well today,” said Green. “Last week, I really struggled with my putting and I really focused on that and actually holed a few putts today. It was nice to have a bogey-free round, it has been awhile.”

Green missed the cut last week for just the third time this season. It was important for her to rebound, especially with a $30,000 winner’s payout at stake.  

“Everyone else in the top 10 jumped up so I have to perform well in the bigger events,” said Green. “I noticed Madelene Sagstrom (2016 Symetra Player of the Year) did that last year and didn’t have to play in as many events as the other girls. It is just about peaking at the right time so hopefully I can peak this week.”

The Donald Ross Course is considered challenging and conditions were tough on Friday with winds peaking at 21 miles an hour. Green managed the course to perfection.

“There are a few holes where you have short wedges in so you have to dial in your irons,” said Green. “You really have to stay patient because the greens can be tricky. Donald Ross designed courses are always pretty difficult. It is just one of those courses where you have to be patient.”

Green’s win came during the third week of April on another Donald Ross-designed course, Sara Bay Country Club (Sarasota, Florida). She has five total top 10 finishes. 

Green turned professional in 2016 and finished in a tie for seventh at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, a co-sanctioned event on the LPGA, in February to kick start her season. 

 

Written By: Symetra Tour Communications

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