Emma?s a rising star
COFFS Harbour golf club teaching professional Peter Pearce believes star pupil Emma de Groot has the potential to be the best golfer he has ever worked with.
It's high praise given the amount of quality players whose development Pearce has overseen. But he maintains Emma, 16, could be the best yet.
"She is probably the most talented young player I have had anything to do with," Pearce said.
"Potential-wise she could be the best, although a lot of things can impact. But she has a good sporting mind and comes from a good sporting family.
"The main thing that separates Emma from the crowd is that she is very committed."
It is that commitment that has driven Emma to spend around four hours a day working on her game.
But the hard work is paying off, both in terms of representative selections she represented NSW Catholic Schools on May 2 and 3 - and a steadily decreasing handicap.
"We have been doing a lot of work on my short game, (when previously) all the work was on my long game," Emma said.
"It's no good hitting the fairways and greens if you can't produce from there."
Pearce admits it is a heavy work-load.
"She's in the middle of some pretty heavy stuff with school and what we are doing with her technique and swing," he said. "But she will blossom in the next few years. She is now starting to develop mental toughness."