Date: December 02, 2016
Author: Mark Hayes

Green leads Aussie LPGA tilt

Two rounds down, three to go and all four Aussies remain in the hunt for a card at the LPGA Tour’s Q-School.

England’s Mel Reid and Japanese sensation Nasa Hataoka lead at 11 under after a round on each of the Jones and Hills courses with American Jaye Marie Green third at eight under.

But a tightly bunched field from six under and worse leaves the Aussie quartet well in contention for the 20 full and 25 partial cards on offer after the fifth round, to be played on the Hills Course at LPGA International in Florida.

Perth’s Hannah Green, a Golf Australia national squad member before she turned pro this year, is the leading Aussie after her second-round 71 on the tougher Hills layout today pushed her up to one under overall and a share of 27th place.

Coonabarabran’s Rebecca Artis also improved today, leaping into T41 after a second-round 71 on Jones left her at even par overall.

Coffs Harbour’s Emma de Groot fired a second consecutive 73, this time on Hills, to sit at T63 at two over, while Melbourne amateur Wanasa Zhou improved with a 72 on Jones to sit at T80 at three over.

A cut will be made after the fourth round with all players who reach that stage guaranteed of status on the Symetra Tour in 2017.