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Hannah Green To Tackle Men at WA Open

Rookie pro Hannah Green will take on the men at next month's WA Open.
Western Australian Hannah Green will make a triumphant return to her home city next month to compete at the WA Open at Royal Perth Golf Club.

Fresh from securing her 2018 LPGA Tour card, following an outstanding rookie professional season on the secondary US Symetra Tour, the 20-year-old will take on the men at the PGA Tour of Australasia event from October 19-22.

“I'm really excited to play with the men in October,” Green said.

“I have been playing well this year so I feel like I have a good chance of making the cut.

It won't be the first time Green has teed it up against the men.

She competed as an amateur at the 2015 WA Open at Royal Fremantle Golf Club, where she missed the cut and finished in a tie for 96th in a field of 132 players.

“Luckily Royal Perth is a shorter and quite narrow course - I think that will help me a lot. I can’t wait to play a tournament in front of my friends and family.”

Green confirmed her status as one of the brightest young female talents in the world, and most significantly a place on the LPGA Tour for next season, when she claimed a record-breaking victory at the El Dorado Shootout on the Symetra Tour last weekend.

It was Green’s second victory on the second-tier tour this season – after winning the Sara Bay Classic in April – and was emphatically confirmed with a final round course record 64 at Mystic Creek in Arkansas.

With her number one goal for the season achieved, the Mount Lawley Golf Club member admitted she can now relax and focus on the end of the US season - she is fourth on the Symetra Tour money list - before returning to Perth for the 93rd staging of the WA Open.

Green will also welcome some home comforts after spending the year driving from event to event in the US.

“Royal Perth is about 10 minutes from my house,” she said.

“That is going to be a lot different to my year so far. I’m looking forward to that too.”

Green is the latest in a growing list of talent produced from Western Australia – along with the likes of Minjee Lee and last year’s WA Open champion Curtis Luck.

GolfWA chief executive Gary Thomas said all sport fans in WA will welcome the chance to watch another of the state’s rising talents test herself against the best players on the PGA Tour of Australasia, including 2017 ISPS HANDA World Super 6 Perth champion Brett Rumford.

“Hannah has enjoyed an exceptional first year as a professional and everyone at GolfWA could not be prouder of the results that she has achieved,” he said.

“This will be a great opportunity for Western Australian golf fans, and all sporting fans, to come out and see Hannah and appreciate her talent alongside the best men’s players in the country.

“Royal Perth should suit her too with its tight fairways demanding the precision and consistency that has been a hallmark of her young career so far.”

Simon Butterly, General Manager – Tournaments for the PGA of Australia, which oversees the PGA Tour of Australasia, added: “Golf is a wonderful and unique sport where men and women of all ages and abilities can play together. We are pleased to help demonstrate this at the elite level and wish Hannah the best of luck at the WA Open.”

2017 PLAYER PROFILE: HANNAH GREEN 

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