Golfer, coach win WA sports awards
COTTESLOE Golf Club amateur Curtis Luck and his mentor Craig Bishop took out two awards at last night’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, 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, Churchlands resident Fred Lee.
Lee was among six finalists in Junior Sport Star award, which was 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 on the night.
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 at Augusta in August next year, 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 but for me it’s just rewarding to see some of the young players you look after to do so well,” he said.