Photo Courtesy of Tristan Jones
The U.S. Women’s Open could be considered the most prestigious golf tournament for any professional to have on their schedule. It takes a lot of hard work and consistently good results to be exempt into the field for the second major of the year, with many first time contenders earning their spots in the field through the numerous qualifying tournaments held around the world.
For Hannah Green, 22, her strong start to her LPGA season found her a place in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open – her first ever. However, Green is no stranger to the hard work and dedication necessary to be successful in this type of event after winning the Karrie Webb Scholarship Series twice (2015, 2016) and cheering on her idol from the sidelines.
“It is so cool to be on tour at the same time as Karrie, but to play practice rounds with her after watching her inside the ropes for a few years was awesome,” gushed Green about her idol.
Having played this layout in 2017, Green is was not unaccustomed to the strategically challenging holes that the Country Club of Charleston is renowned.
“I have played the Country Club of Charleston before, so it was nice to go somewhere that was familiar.
After a shaky start in round that Green admitted was due to poor club choices, the Aussie came back hot in the second round with 5 birdies and two bogies for a -3 (68) and to play herself onto the weekend.
Saturday proved a difficult day for Green where she wasn’t able to card a single birdie. Less than impressed with her efforts on Saturday, Green came home strong with a final round score -4 (67), shooting the low round of the day and moving herself up the leader board into tie for 34th place.
“It’s definitely a different vibe compared to other events we play through the year, especially with how the USGA run the event.
“We get to play great golf courses in fun cities and have a lot more people come out to watch us play, which I love because it is motivating and exciting.”
Six other Australians were competing alongside Green this week – Minjee Lee (T12), Katherine Kirk (T34), Karrie Webb (M/C), Sarah Kemp (M/C), Su Oh (M/C) and Victorian amateur Gabi Ruffels (M/C).
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