Keep your eyes on Jacob Lucki. If last weekend’s victory is any indication, this Harrison Hot Springs golfer is well on his way to making it in the pros some day.
Lucki got the low score at a Vancouver Golf Tour event last Sunday, Jan. 25 at the Morgan Creek Golf Course in Surrey, with one under par. He outplayed competitors twice his age and with years of experience under their golf-shoed feet.
What Lucki accomplished last Sunday was “really incredible,” says coach Richard Fife. He says the level of competition was staggering, including a few competitors who have played at the Canadian Amateurs and golfers who have invested a great deal of time and money into the sport. Former competitors at Vancouver Golf Tour events have gone on to play in the PGA Tour.
Lucki, on the other hand, only started golfing a year and a half ago. Lucki tells The Observer he heard there were scholarship opportunities from universities for golf. So he decided to start practicing and took on Fife as a coach.
He tries to spend time on the links four or five days a week right now and every day in the summer. He played in a few province-wide tours before this event, but remarks, “This is the first one where I’ve done exceptionally well.”
He was surprised himself since the pressure at these events is “crazy.” Lucki hopes to one day play professionally. Fife figures Lucki has what it takes as he is committed to practicing and has come a long way in such a short time.
Lucki’s next competition is a Vancouver Golf Tour event on February 8.