Emma on song
COFFS Harbour golfing prodigy Emma De Groot is one of four Australians who finished inside the top 70 while chasing tickets for the US LPGA tour.
De Groot finished tied for 42nd place at Qualifying Tournament Stage II at the Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Florida, to advance to the final round of Q-School.
In a consistent display, De Groot shot rounds of 72, 77, 70 and 71 for a two-over-par total of 290.
The final stage of LPGA Q-School will be held from November 30 at the LPGA International Champions and Legends Course at Daytona Beach in Florida.
It is a 90-hole event with a maximum of 144 players in the field, with a cut after 72 holes to the top 70 and ties.
The total number who will receive full status on the LPGA Tour after the 90th hole has yet to be determined.
The other Australians who finished inside the top 70 in Venice to graduate to the final stage at the end of November are Julia Boland, who finished runner-up in the field of 231, Stephanie Na, who was third, and Kristie Smith, who finished 55th.
However, fellow Australians Courtney Massey and Jessica Speechley missed by two shots and Elle Sandak by three, while New Zealander Natasha Krishna missed by plenty.
However, all will likely earn places on the Futures Tour.