Backers emerge as golfer Emma de Groot crowd funds her rise
IT WORKS in the music industry and art world, so golfer Emma de Groot has turned to crowd funding to help her pursue her professional career.
Since leaving Coffs Harbour, Emma has worked her butt off to make inroads into the professional LPGA Tour circuit in the United States and isn't afraid to admit how difficult that can be.
Not just for the personal sacrifices but also the damage to the bank balance.
So, she's thrown the door open to friends, supporters and lovers of the game who are keen to get behind her in the most practical way.
"Playing golf for a living is not as glamorous as it seems when you're on the way up," Emma said.
"There are so many expenses, and it often makes chasing the dream more stressful than enjoyable.
"I know I have what it takes to become one of the best golfers in the world and I don't want financial burdens to be the reason I don't make it.
"Halfway through the 2015 season and with some good finishes, my confidence is beginning to grow and I know I have what it takes to get my full LPGA Tour Card for 2016."
With 10 events still to go totalling $5,000 in entry fees, LPGA Qualifying School totalling $2,500 - and the travel and accommodation expenses involved with all of that - Emma is still up for a lot of money before the end of the year.
Emma has set up a GOFUNDME Facebook page and already this weekend, backers are starting to appear.
"I am so lucky to have the amazing support system that I do," she said.
"From my family and friends, to those I have met along the way and I am so determined to make my dream a reality.
"Please help me continue to chase my dreams.
"Any donation, no matter how large or small, will be appreciated more than you could ever know."
Like to help the kid from Coffs become a champion?
Check out gofundme.com/z2fk3c