Luck drives home the win

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT -

AM­A­TEUR golfer Cur­tis Luck and his men­tor Craig Bishop took out two awards at this month’s WA Sports Awards at the Perth Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre.

Luck, a for­mer Hale School stu­dent, won the cov­eted Sport Star of the Year award, while Bishop was named Coach of the Year in front of 600 peo­ple.

Bishop has coached Luck for the past six years and also men­tors Aus­tralia’s top ju­nior boy, Fred Lee.

Lee was among six fi­nal­ists in the Ju­nior Sport Star cat­e­gory, which was ul­ti­mately won by Carine swim­mer Tam­sin Cook for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

The 17- year- old freestyler, Aus­tralia’s youngest swim­mer at the Rio Olympics, an­chored Aus­tralia’s 4x200m sil­ver medal success and fin­ished sixth in the fi­nal of the 400m freestyle.

Cook was also a fi­nal­ist in the Sports Star of the Year cat­e­gory.

Luck beat cy­clist Sam Wels­ford, golfer Min­jee Lee and For­mula 1 driver Daniel Ric­cia­rdo to win the main prize.

The 20- year- old’s vic­tory at the US Am­a­teur Golf Cham­pi­onship stunned the golf­ing world but Bishop said he would have been more shocked if he had not won the cham­pi­onship.

“Be­fore Cur­tis went away, we had long chats about win­ning the cham­pi­onships,” Bishop said.

“He was ready to go four months be­fore he went to Amer­ica. I fully ex­pected him to win.

“The task now is for Cur­tis to keep on im­prov­ing and not stag­nate like a lot of golfers do who find success at a young age.”

Bishop cad­died for Luck at the re­cent Aus­tralian Open, where he fin­ished the lead­ing am­a­teur and 11th over­all.

Luck plans to travel to the PGA in Au­gusta next Au­gust, one of the ex­emp­tions he earned with his US am­a­teur vic­tory.

Bishop said he was hon­oured to be in­cluded in a short­list for the KPMG coach of the year, along with Wild­cats coach Trevor Glee­son and WAIS swim­ming coach Michael Palfery.

“It’s a good hon­our to be recog­nised in this com­pany,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d427318

Golfer Cur­tis Luck, win­ner of the cov­eted Sport Star of the Year award.

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