Date: October 21, 2016
Author: Mark Hayes

Green sizzles on pro debut

Perth’s Hannah Green has made a sensational start to her professional career, sharing the lead after round one of the second stage of LPGA Tour Q-School today.

Green, 20, took the pro plunge two weeks ago in preparation for this event and wasted no time proving herself among the field of 193 vying to reach final qualifying stage in December.

The Mount Lawley ace began slowly and then bogeyed the fifth hole of the Panther Course at the Plantation Country Club in Florida.

But a birdie on the sixth righted the ship and was soon followed by two more on the ninth and 12th holes to set up a sizzling finish that pushed her through the field.

Green birdied the closing three holes for a superb inward 32 that left her tied alongside veteran Beth Allen and her fellow American Kathleen Ekey on 67.

The top 80 and ties after four rounds – two on Panther and two on the Bobcat Course – advance and the top 81 after round one were at 73 or better.

Crown International Australian representative Rebecca Artis shot a 73 on the Bobcat Course after two bogeys to close, while amateur Whanasa Zhou fired a 74 on the same track.

Jayde Panos (76), Emily McLennan (77), Steph Na (78) and Ellen Davies-Graham (80) have work to do to get back inside the likely cut mark.