COTTESLOE Golf Club amateur Curtis Luck (20) won the Herb Elliott Medal at the WA Institute of Sport annual dinner last Saturday night.
The former Hale School student, who was in Macau playing in the Asian tour when the medal was presented, won the US Amateur Golf Championships in Michigan this year, joining winners such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Coach Craig Bishop accepted the Herb Elliott Medal on Luck’s behalf, saying he was “chuffed” to receive the award and would have loved to attend the event to be among all the sportspeople.
Bishop said Luck had been on the track for the past six years after showing talent as well as commitment and passion for the game at the age of 14.
“He knows everything about who won what; he pays a great attention to detail,” he said.
Bishop said Luck had a big year ahead of him with the US Masters, US Open and US Championships.
Luck shared the 2016 Herb Elliott Medal with AFL footballer Nathan Fyfe, who won the Brownlow Medal in 2015 and led his team, the Fremantle Dockers, to the minor premiership the same year.
Fyfe managed only a few games in 2016 after being ruled out with a broken leg.
He said it was difficult to go from such a big high in 2015 to not playing the following season but he believed he would return a better leader in 2017.