Coffs Coast golfer Emma de Groot is chasing her LPGA dream in Florida this week.
Coffs Coast golfer Emma de Groot is chasing her LPGA dream in Florida this week. Travis Mead

Emma has shot at joining elite

FORMER Coffs Coast golf star Emma de Groot is continuing her quest this week to join the LPGA Tour in the United States.

De Groot is one of 240 players engaged in the 72-hole qualifying tournament stage two until Friday, and is vying to advance to the finals.

The top 70 and ties move on and there is no cut involved in this stage.

From day one she is paired with Megan McKinney and Melissa Mabanta.

Players have virtually taken over the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida.

The club has two courses - Panther and Bobcat - to accommodate the large field.

The Bobcat course plays 6493 yards at a par of 72, while the Panther course is a little shorter at 6226 yards, also with a par of 72.

De Groot said she was looking to build on her success from stage one, where she finished tied for fourth at 11-under par.

She fired four sub-par rounds, shooting 69, 70, 70 and 68 for her total of 277. She has just been named the 2011 Southern Conference golfer of the year and is a six-time collegiate winner, including the 2011 SoCon Championship.

"It will be tough handling the nerves by myself and not having anybody to talk things through," de Groot said.

"Regardless of the result, I need to learn to travel alone and do things by myself.

"The only thing I lack compared to them is a little bit of distance.

"But I feel that if you put me head-to-head, I have the ability to beat them and I've never really had that belief before.

"My game is good enough to be out there."



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