Green going for broke in final Lake Amateur

LAST SHOT: Hannah Green is desperate to finally win the Lake Macquarie Amateur after two close attempts. Picture: Getty ImagesTHE equation is simple for Hannah Green –it’s now or never if she wants to become a Lake Macquarie Amateur champion.

The 19-year-old No.1-ranked Australian female amateur might hail from Mt Lawley in WA, but she has developeda close affinity with Belmont’s seaside lay-out.

Since the age of15Green has competed inthe 72-hole amateur and fallen narrowly close in 2013 (third) and 2014 (second) to claiming victory.

When play begins on Thursday it will almost certainly be her final chance to conquer the tournamentas she plans to turn professional by the year’s end.

“The past results drive me every year,” Green said. “I’ve been playing thistournament for the past fouryears and slowly been getting better and better, so hopefully I can get a win.”

Green enjoyed a stellar 2015 when she finished second at the New Zealand Open and last month shewontheVictorian Amateur at theCommonwealth.

In order to win the first Lake Macquarie Ladies Amateurheld concurrently with the men’s tournament, Green will need to overcome an eight-pronged South Korean offensive.

At last week’s Australian Amateur at theMetropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne, seven of the eight-woman Korean team reached the final 16.

Green lost her semi-final 5 and 3 to Ayean Cho, who then went down in the final 6 and 5 to fellow KoreanMin-ji Park. Park will begin a strong favourite to win the Australian and Lake Macquarie double.

“I was trying my best to fly the Aussie flag there, but I got a tough match on the final day,” Green said. “They played very well last week and they’re always going to be really competitive, so I expect them to be my main competition this week.”

The foreign invaders are also expected to challenge for the men’s trophy. Not sinceCaboolture’s Daniel Nisbet won in 2010 has an Australian finished top of the leaderboard.

Since thenJosh Munn (NewZealand),Ryan Evans (England) andCorey Conners (Canada) have all tasted success.

Kiwi Luke Toomey headlines this year’s contingent with a handicap of plus-five. The 22-year-old from Waikato won the New Zealand Amateur strokeplay in 2014, after qualifying for the tournament by 11 shots with a 11-under 61 atManawatu Golf Club.

Fellow Kiwi Daniel Hillier is another favorite after the 17-year-old became the NZ Amateur’s youngest ever winner last year.

English trio Bradley Moore (handicap plus 3), Ashton Turner (plus three) and Adam Chapman (plus four) are also likely to challenge Hunter hopefuls Blake Windred, Brayden Petersen (Charlestown) and Dylan Perry (The Vintage) when play begins at 6.45am on Thursday.

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