WHEN Hannah Green flew out to the United States in March she had the type of lofty ambitions that some might have confused for the nave target setting of a tour rookie.
The 20-year-old, who calls Lathlain home when she is in Perth, vowed to clinch three wins and a place on the LPGA Tour.
Last week, she completed that goal.
Green blitzed the Symetra Tour field to win the rain-delayed IOA Golf Classic by two strokes and confirm what she suspected all those months ago – that she is ready for the big time.
Victory at the El Dorado Shootout a fortnight ago had already booked Green’s LPGA Tour card for next season – where she will join fellow WA player Minjee Lee – but her success in Florida revealed a mental fortitude that suggests Green is well placed to make the step up in class.
After a year driving from event to event, and living out of a suitcase thousands of kilometres away from home, Green could have been forgiven for mentally switching off after securing her LPGA Tour place two weeks ago.
However, she has done anything but.
In the two events since Green finished in a tie for fifth at the Guardian Championship before her wire-to-wire success in Florida – an 11th top-10 finish of a remarkably consistent debut season.
“I always wanted three wins and I talked to my coach (at the beginning of the year) and we set simple goals and three was the major goal,” she said.
“To have two wins in three weeks is definitely not how I planned it out, but to have three is awesome.”
It is perhaps unsurprising that Green admitted in the wake of victory that she is starting to feel the effects of a long season with this week’s Tour Championship set to be her sixth tournament in a row.
Green had returned to Perth before that run of events to regather herself, and enjoy some home comforts, in a move she credited as being crucial in inspiring her late-season run.
“My game has definitely improved and I think going home during the off weeks was the big difference,” she said.
“Seeing my friends and family and only being on the road for six weeks during this stretch has helped.
Green will take on the men at the WA Open at Royal Perth from October 19-22.
Green’s red-hot form means that she is likely to become a major drawcard to the event as she bids to become the first female to make the cut at the century-old event.