Talented Coffs Harbour golfer Emma de Groot accepting the trophy for as women?s A grade club champion.
Talented Coffs Harbour golfer Emma de Groot accepting the trophy for as women?s A grade club champion.

Emma excited about national school golf

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

COFFS Harbour golfer Emma de Groot can't wait to get to Perth at the end of this month to play at The Vines Resort and Country Club, former host of the Heineken Classic.

Emma has been named as the vice-captain of the NSW all-schools golf team and already she's heard plenty about Western Australia's premier golf course.

"There's 40 metre by 40 metre greens, just huge greens," the John Paul College student said.

"I'll have to go look and see if they've got course guides and stuff on the internet but I've heard it's just gorgeous."

This is the second time that 18 year-old has made the State team and she feels that her game has improved enough to help them do better than their third place finish in 2005.

"I didn't play that well last year, I didn't have any matchplay experience," she said.

"I remember most of my matches went to the 18th but I think I only won two, whereas this year I've been playing with Pennant Hills so I've played more matchplay and I'm more experienced in that sense so it should see a change there I suppose."

As well as the thrill of representing her state, Emma is quick to point what she's most looking forward to in the west.

"Just the whole experience of going to a different state with the whole team setting again because golf is so individual," she explained.

"All the girls that are in my team are actually my best golfing friends which is good."

For all the added experience and the comfort of being among friends, Emma admits that she's still wary of the unknown opposition that she will face.

"There's different people in my team and probably the other state teams as well as some girls that have been in year 12 and now left, it's a school thing," she said.

"It's good that I've had the experience of playing at that level but I'll be playing against totally different people."



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