Am­a­teur rides Luck

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTESLOE Golf Club am­a­teur Cur­tis Luck (19) is the 2016 WA Open cham­pion af­ter win­ning the four-day com­pe­ti­tion at the WA Golf Club in Yokine last week.

“Ob­vi­ously it’s a great feel­ing, be­cause last year my heart was a lit­tle bro­ken by the way I fin­ished, but this year I just fin­ished it off, re­ally,” Luck, who fin­ished sec­ond last year, said.

Luck said it was his “best win” be­cause he topped a field of pro­fes­sion­als while an am­a­teur.

The Wood­lands res­i­dent joined Cottesloe Gold Club in Swan­bourne be­cause one of his grand­moth­ers played there when he be­came in­ter­ested in the sport aged just 10.

“I think I saw a golf club at a sports store and just thought ‘I want to give that a go’,” Luck said.

The chal­lenges and ac­com­plish­ments of the sport have stayed with him.

“What I like is the fact you are al­ways play­ing against your­self rather than oth­ers,” Luck said. Last week, he en­tered the WA Open’s fi­nal, fourth round with a three-shot lead, but bo­geyed a hole be­fore set­ting his sights on the re­main­ing holes. “I col­lected my cool­ness by the fifth hole and I hit a good shot in there and made a birdie, so I just kept the foot lightly on the ac­cel­er­a­tor and it paid off,” Luck said.

He ended up two shots un­der par in the fi­nal round, while his to­tal for the tour­na­ment was 19 un­der.

The score al­lowed him to claim the ti­tle by two shots from fel­low am­a­teur Travis Smyth.

Luck is the third am­a­teur in 25 years to win the WA Open.

He said his am­a­teur-win­ning pre­de­ces­sors Stephen Leaney (1991) and Oliver Goss (2012) in­spired him.

“I was think­ing about Stephen Leaney, and if I can fol­low it up with a sec­ond at the US Open in the next few years I would be pretty happy,” Luck said.

He would not say when he may turn pro­fes­sional for the PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia, other than he had been “think­ing about it”.

He is con­sid­er­ing do­ing an overseas tour school in the US or Europe be­fore any change in his player sta­tus.

In the short term, he will con­cen­trate on his putting, which he con­sid­ered to be the weak­est part of his game.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d453749

Cur­tis Luck is the WA Open cham­pion.

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