de Groot claims a conditional card for next year's LPGA Tour
IN 2015 Coffs Harbour's Emma de Groot will be mixing it with the best female golfers on the planet.
A solid performance in the demanding Q-School in Florida means the 26 year-old has secured conditional LPGA Tour status next year after finishing tied for 38th at even par after five challenging rounds.
The top-20 players earned a full card but the conditional status means the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate will be able to play several tournaments next year against the world's best.
An early birdie on the Hills Course at the LPGA International near Daytona put de Groot in the mix for a full card, but she made bogeys on the fifth, sixth and 14th holes to drop out of the top 20 by four shots.
WHAT IS A CONDITIONAL TOUR CARD?
The final lists for 2015 have yet to be released by the LPGA but de Groot's result should see her named at about 185 on their priority list. Most tournaments have fields of 144 players and de Groot will be about 185th in line to get a tee-off.
This means when one of the many tournaments on the LPGA Tour is played, if about 40 players ahead of de Groot on the priority list choose not to play, the determined Coffs Harbour girl gets her chance to tee-off.