Bishop reigns at home for Kwinana cup

Connor Bishop won the Kwinana Cup on his 19th birthday last Sunday.
Connor Bishop won the Kwinana Cup on his 19th birthday last Sunday.

IT was birthday delight for Kwinana Golf Club prodigy Connor Bishop, who won the 41st annual Kwinana Cup, held last weekend.

On his 19th birthday, Bishop surged home last Sunday to finish with a score of 145 after two rounds on the par 72 course.

Bishop said his first amateur victory felt all the sweeter as it came on his local course on a +1 handicap.

“It was an awesome feeling to be able to get my first win at Kwinana as that has been my home club since I started golf six years ago,” he said.

“All the members have been so supportive and I think they were very proud to see a local boy win.”

Bishop joins the illustrious company of former US PGA Tour and European Tour player Nick O’Hern as a winner of the Cup, and he is hopeful that this is just the beginning.

“I feel stoked to be able to get my name on the cup next to some great players who have gone on to make successful careers in golf,” he said.

“The next step for me will be aiming to get into the Golf WA team which is selected in around four months.”

Kwinana-based teaching pro Philip Cunnell said Bishop deserved the honour after all his hard work on the course.

“Connor’s really matured a lot over the last six to nine months, (he’s) done a lot of practice,” he said.

“He wants to make golf his career eventually… he’s only young and he’s a good kid too.”

Bishop departs for Victoria on Sunday to compete in the Dunes Medal, which tees off on Tuesday, November 24.