As the off season keeps players from competing on the Road to the LPGA, SymetraTour.com will run a new feature to keep fans in touch with the future stars of women’s golf. This edition of Time to Meet… features Australia native and 2012 Symetra Tour rookie Emma de Groot. The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga alum had a successful amateur career in Australia was ranked the country’s No. 1 amateur in 2011. de Groot moved to the U.S. to pursue her collegiate career and was an immediate impact player for the Mocs. She was named 2008 Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and went on to be named the conference’s Player of the Year in 2011. She recorded six wins in her career and was a four-time All-Conference selection. de Groot made 15 starts in her first year on Tour in 2012, making 10 cuts and posted career-best finishes T33 at both the Vidalia Championship and the Four Winds Invitational. See whether the Aussie prefers Twitter or Facebook, who she thinks should play her in a movie about her life and who she’d chose for one last practice round on the Symetra Tour.
Name: Emma de Groot
Hometown: Coffs Harbour, Australia
Resides: Chattanooga, Tenn.
If you could be on a show based only on your personality or interests, which one would it be and why?
‘How I Met Your Mother’ I love hanging out with friends and laughing a lot.
If you could witness any event past present, or future, what would it be?
Crucifixion and rising of Jesus
What was the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Take on a vegan diet
What’s your biggest fear?
Ever letting anyone down!
What’s the most pressure you’ve ever felt in tournament golf?
First tee shot in college golf- never been so nervous!
Describe the best meal you’ve had while on the road and where you had it…
Any home cooked meal is a bonus!
What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Good, better, best; never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best”
If you had one last round of golf to play, who would make up your foursome?
Colette Murray, Arnold Palmer, Annika Sorenstam
Who do you admire and why?
My grandma: most selfless, sweet and strong person I have ever met
Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter and why?
Twitter- short, sharp and to the point
What is your favorite sports team?
University of Tennessee Chattanooga Mocs
Describe your biggest sports accomplishment to date…
Representing Australia. It’s always an honor to represent your country
Name what you like most and least about being a professional golfer
Most- Playing great courses with great friends Least- lack of stability and routine
What is the top played song on your Ipod? Most frequently listened to artist?
‘Postcards from Paris’ by Band Perry Luke Bryan
If a movie were filmed about your life, who would play you?
What is your favorite country to travel to?
Australia!! That’s where my family is
If you could play one pro sport besides golf, what would it be?
Soccer if it was bigger. Probably tennis
First concert you ever went to…
Three things you would bring on a deserted island and why?
Dora the Explorer’s backpack because she has everything in her backpack!
What’s something you are looking forward to in the next year?
All the chances to keep making my dreams come true
What do you consider to be the most valuable thing you own?
Probably my golf clubs (sad I know)
If you had one last practice round on the Symetra Tour, who would make up your foursome?
Stefanie Kenoyer, Annie Brophy and Sara-Maude Juneau
Who is your dream sponsor?
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