HALE School students were all ears when former schoolmate Curtis Luck (20) told them what it takes to achieve success in his field.
Luck is the toast of Australian golf, after his recent win at the US Amateur Golf Championships in Michigan.
“You’ve got to believe in yourself, because there are really no professional athletes who don’t believe in themselves, and to get where I want to go I’m practising eight hours a day, and take off no more than five days a year,” Luck said.
Woodland resident and present WA Open Champion, Luck is a Cottesloe Golf Club member who went to Hale. He said there was a lot of time away from classes as he pursued his golf career in Years 11 and 12.
“Hale was certainly good for me, and my teachers were great, especially headmaster Stuart Meade who allowed me plenty of time off,” Luck said.
On August 21, that time away paid off at the 26th hole of a match-play against US golfer Brad Dalke on the Oakland Hills course when Luck realised he had won eight holes in succession and was on his way to beating 300 other golfers in the tournament.
“Realistically, I’m just really competitive, which a lot of sportsmen are,” he said. The win gave Luck invitations to compete in the British Open, US Masters and US Open, and his results in these most prestigious of his sports’ competitions may decide when he turns professional.
Luck’s drive was not lost on the Hale students, particularly the young golfers, many of whom stayed up all night to watch his US win.
“He just inspires us to work harder,” Wembley Downs resident and Cottesloe Golf Club member Tom Bilston-John (15) said.
“It’s great to see a friend win it, and I hope I can do it in the future.”