EMMA?S NAME IN LIGHTS
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
IT HAS been a whirlwind couple of months for Coffs Harbour golfer Emma de Groot.
The 17 year-old has been putting her name up in lights recently with strong results at the NSW Junior Golf Championships and the National All Schools Championship, which was held in Adelaide.
De Groot's efforts saw her presented with the coveted Gatehouse Award at the dinner held after the state championships.
"I was surprised that they even knew who I was, let alone getting the award," de Groot admitted.
"These awards are good to put on your resume when you want to get into the universities in the (United) States."
Each year a sum of money is given to every state by Women's Golf Australia to award to the junior golfer who shows outstanding ability and potential as a golfer, and who possesses leadership qualities.
Women's Golf NSW believed that all of those attributes were evident in de Groot.
The award capped off a big few days for the John Paul College student, which saw her tie for fifth place at the state's junior championships, only four shots behind the eventual winners after the 54-hole event at Beverley Park.
In Adelaide, de Groot finished ninth in the strokeplay events and finished third overall among the NSW girls. The NSW team came second in the matchplay, losing by only half a game to Queensland.
It was the matchplay aspect of the five days of play in Adelaide that the three handicapper enjoyed the most.
"I learnt more about matchplay stuff because I don't really play matchplay here," she explained.
"Now I'm going to play matchplay for Pennant Hills next year in Sydney."
On top of her schoolwork, de Groot will be busy over the next few weekends playing with the junior state squad hoping to make the final team which will travel to Victoria later this year for the Australian Strokeplay Championships.
She will also get the chance to caddy for fellow local golfer Suzie Fisher at the upcoming Australian Ladies Maters.
"I'm looking forward just to the tournament experience," she said. "That's a major tournament and being able to look around will be good because you're not focusing and not playing so that you're in your own little world."