Coffs Harbour golf product Emma de Groot overcam adversity while playing in the United States.
Coffs Harbour golf product Emma de Groot overcam adversity while playing in the United States. Travis Mead

Golf courage shown by Coffs export

LOCAL golfing product Emma De Groot earned the respect of fans the hard way at a recent tournament on the USLPGA Symetra Tour.

Playing in the Credit Union Challenge played at Capital Hills Golf Club in the New York city of Albany, the 24 year-old showed plenty of courage.

After pulling her drive left on the difficult par-4 17th hole, de Groot found herself about 100 yards from the hole on a steep embankment, teetering 20 feet or so above the cart path.

It's an ugly lie in the rough, ant hills and vegetation below a tree lined ridge.

The University of Chattanooga graduate was over her ball for a minute, barely able to maintain her balance while contemplating chipping out.

At this moment the wind dislodged a large branch from a tree that came crashing down hitting one of Coffs Harbour's finest exports on the back of the neck.

It was stem side first right into her skin and dropped her to her knees over the ball.

This would have ended most people's day of golf but de Groot was on a mission and executed the chip out. With 60 yards left up the very steep hill to the green, She hits it to about 12-15 feet and drains it for par.

The crowd went nuts with applause and appreciation for a gutsy effort.



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