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Green Clinches Third Win, Earns Battlefield Promotion

Hannah Green collects her third trophy of the year and a promotion to the 2018 LPGA Tour (Photo: Symetra Tour)
Western Australia’s Hannah Green has notched her third victory on the secondary Symetra Tour to cement her playing rights on next year’s LPGA Tour.

Green, who was already set to graduate courtesy of her position inside the top 10 on the money list, took out the IOA Golf Classic in Florida by two strokes in a Monday finish forced by rain delays.

The 20-year-old will be a Category 13 Member of the Tour in 2018 which will give her access to all events except invitational and other limited field tournaments.

Green opened the tournament with a brilliant 64 and was never headed as she fulfilled her major goal for the year, to win three time.

“For the tournament to be finished and me to have the trophy is awesome,” she said after the win.

“I always wanted three (wins) at the start of the year. I spoke with my coach and we obviously set little goals and three was pretty much the major goal.

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

Green is the first Australian to earn a ‘Battlefield Promotion’ to the LPGA and the 13th golfer in the history of the Tour to achieve the feat.

After winning in her fourth start of the year in Florida in April Green posted several top five results before claiming her second title just two weeks ago.

That victory came after a trip home to Perth to recharge the batteries and green says that decision was crucial to her recent play.

“I think going home really made the difference,” she said. “It was only probably two weeks of practising at home but I think just seeing my friends and seeing my family and only being away for six weeks, which is still a long time but not really for me, I think that really helped with these events and I’m just that the hard work has paid off.”

This week’s tournament was Green’s fifth in a row but she will have no chance to rest with the season ending Tour Championship to be played next week.

“I’m getting really tired,: she said of the hectic schedule. “I know this week wasn’t what we’re used to with al the delays and what not but still, to play five events in a row is a lot of golf.

“So I’m hopefully going to have another good week this week and then I can have a little bit of a rest before I play another event in Perth.”

With the remaining events on the 2017 LPGA all being invitational fields Green won’t be able to tee up on the main circuit until January but is looking forward to the rest.

“My first event will be January but that’s still so far away so I’m kind of glad that I can have some down time,” she said.

“I can actually have a good rest and get back into practising.”

Green said she was a little surprised at her own performance for the year though obviously pleased with how well she’s played.

“It’s what I wanted obviously but I didn’t know it would come in this manner,” she said.

“I know a few Aussies who’ve played on tour and they were really great players and didn’t perform as well as I think everyone thought they would.

“I didn’t know what my expectations from others were so I’m just glad that I’ve got my card!”

2017 PLAYER PROFILE - HANNAH GREEN:

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Rod Morri
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