Australian selection an honour for Emma

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

COFFS Harbour golfer Emma de Groot has added another honour to her impressive resume after gaining selection in the Australian All-Schools team.

The John Paul College student impressed selectors at the recent national schools titles which were held at The Vines Resort and Country Club in Western Australia.

"There were two courses there, the Lakes and Ellenbrook. We practised on Ellenbrook which was the easier course but the Lakes is where they played the Heineken Classic and it was so hard," de Groot said. "If you didn't hit the fairway you ended up in bush that was pretty tough."

Early on, de Groot admitted that her selection in the national team was looking a touch on the dicey side.

"I was five over after five holes but I finished seven over after 36 holes," she recalled. "The people who'd played there before and the girls from Perth had an advantage but the girls in my team hadn't played there before so it was a bit tough.

"I birdied the first hole but once I hit that first bad shot I got pretty nervous and lost a couple of balls on the first couple of holes."

The NSW girls recovered to finish second in the strokeplay event and managed to win gold in the matchplay titles.

"Queensland beat us by a shot in the strokeplay and we had to beat them on the last day to win the matchplay," the 18 year-old said.

"We got them in the end by half a point."

At this stage there aren't any events organised for the six boys and six girls who made the Australian team.

For now, one-handicapper Emma is concentrating on her HSC and then perhaps attending college in the US.



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