Date: July 21, 2017
Author: Mark Hayes

Mean Green birdie machine

Hannah Green's birdie machine cranked up again today, charging to outright second at the Symetra Tour's Danielle Downey Classic in Rochester, New York.

Green, 20, continued her ultra consistent run in her rookie pro campaign, signing for an opening five-under-par 67 to trail leader Nanna Madsen, of Denmark, by one stroke.

When play was suspended early because of bad light, there were still 72 players who hadn't completed their rounds with a handful at four under on a day of low scoring.

Among those still on course were Coonabarabran's Rebecca Artis at even par through 11 holes.

Jimboomban Emily McLennan signed for a quality 71, while the three other Aussies in the field – Perth's Jayde Panos, Melbourne's Wanasa Zhou and Adelaide's Steph Na – all finished at one over.

But it was Perth's Green, who was again the standout after spending her week off last week watching her hero Karrie Webb play the US Women's Open in nearby New Jersey.

The Mount Lawley member made her lone bogey on the 12th, but hit back hard with four threes to close her round, including three birdies in a row from the 15th hole.

Golf Australia rookie squad member Green, who has one win and six top-10s already this season, sits seventh in the Race to the Card, with the top 10 earning LPGA Tour playing rights for season 2018.