West Australian golfer Curtis Luck has won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, denying Victoria’s Brett Coletta from qualifying for the US Masters.
Luck won the title by one stroke after scoring a bogey-free 67.
This adds into the 20-year-old’s achievements, after winning the Western Australian Open and the US Amateur this year. “I’ve had an amazing year and this has topped it off, it’s pretty sweet,” Luck said.
Luck said he felt “a little guilty” denying Coletta a spot in the US Masters. Luck was the only player in the competition who did not seek to qualify for the Masters, as he has secured a spot from winning the US Amateur.
“It’s really hard to swallow,” said Coletta, who finished second. “I’ve had three good rounds at a tournament I’ve never played before.”
“Brett’s a really close friend of mine, so I obviously understand about the opportunity of what he’s just missed out on, so I will say that I feel a little guilty and a little bad,” said Luck. “But unfortunately that’s the spot we’re in, and I’m so competitive that I couldn’t give up the chance to win an event like this, but I definitely feel for Brett.”