Amateur rides Luck
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.
Curtis Luck is the WA Open champion.