Perth professional Hannah Green has leapt to the pointy of the leaderboard on the second day of the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, after shooting a second round 3-under-par 69 to sit in a tie for 3rd place at 7 under par, while overnight leader Wei-Ling Hsu and Swede Madelene Sagstrom are tied at the top of the lead at -10.
Green, 22, who finished third in this event at Kooyonga Golf Club in 2018 made the best of the picture-perfect conditions this morning at The Grange Golf Club in Adelaide, having carded a solid opening 68 in the more difficult afternoon conditions on Thursday.
The third-year professional from West Australia bagged five birdies mixed with two bogeys to put her in great shape heading into the weekend, which was a huge relief after missing the halfway cut at last week's Vic Open.
"I'm very pleased. Last week I shot a good opening round at the Vic Open, and then on Friday I just had one of those days where nothing really went for me. So I was a little bit nervous about today's round. But I'm very happy with 3 under. It was nice to see my lead ‑‑ I think for one stage I had a tie of the lead, so it was really nice to see that. So, it's just nice to see the hard work pay off."
Green has been looking forward to returning to Adelaide for this event for some time having played well the past two years in the "City of Churches"
"I didn't want to expect too much, but I know I have a good past history the last two years of playing this event, so I definitely have good vibes when I come to Adelaide, which is fortunate. But after last week, I think I was probably a bit more nervous than I was compared to last year. So, I'm just very happy with the last two days' performance."
Green also said that her memories of 2018 would stand her in good stead for the weekend,
"Last year's position, playing in the final group definitely will help me for this year's competition. Hopefully on Sunday again I can be in that position. But it was really ‑‑ I don't know, I guess because I'm playing at home and the crowds are rooting for the Australians, it's nice to have that. Some people might ‑‑ it might make people more nervous, but it kind of settles me to know that everyone's rooting for me. So, yeah, no, I'm excited"
Green said she was really buoyed on by the partisan crowd following her in this morning's round,
" I had mobs screaming Greeny, and that actually really settled my nerves, surprisingly, so hopefully they can come out again. It's nice to see my name on the leaderboard and nice to see so many people come out, even on a Thursday and Friday, so hopefully it will be big crowds on the weekend"
The West Australian said she hoped her consistency over the first two rounds would continue into the weekend after a 2018 season of many ups and downs,
"Yeah, it was really nice. I kind of had that same position yesterday. I have been struggling with consistency throughout the season, so it's nice to have two days in a row with that type of situations."
Green has tasted victory at the professional level having been a three-time winner on the US Symetra Tour in her rookie season in 2017, and no doubt has the class to win if the breaks can go her way here over the weekend.
Overnight leaders Weiling Hsu and Jodi Ewart Shadoff carded rounds of 69 and 73 respectively, while Karrie Webb was not able to duplicate the heroics of her opening round 67, signing for a second round 74 to sit in a tie for 17th place at -3, along with her compatriots Minjee Lee and Karis Davidson.
Exactly 70 players made the 36-hole cut which fell at 2-over par
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