Student Athlete Spotlight: Luke Wright in the swing of things since age 3

Junior took top spot on SkyView Academy boys golf team

Posted 10/16/18

Luke Wright says he started hitting golf balls into a net in the basement of his home when he was 3 years old, and now he tries to play golf seven days a week during the summer. The junior at SkyView …

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Student Athlete Spotlight: Luke Wright in the swing of things since age 3

Junior took top spot on SkyView Academy boys golf team

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Luke Wright says he started hitting golf balls into a net in the basement of his home when he was 3 years old, and now he tries to play golf seven days a week during the summer.

The junior at SkyView Academy was the boys golf team's leading player this season and made the Class 3A state tournament for the third straight season, where he finished 19th at the Boulder Country Club with scores of 79 and 78.

“My dad had a net set up in the basement and I just went down there and started hitting and have loved it ever since,” said Wright. “Golf is fun because nobody is perfect at it. It's a game where everyone has bad shots.

“It's how you deal with the bad shots. It's a real mental game too. You may have the most talent of anyone but it is how you deal with your emotions, how you act properly, and think right or you will never be good.”

Wright worked hard during the high school perfecting his swing.

“I worked super hard this season,” he added. “I switched swing coaches and kind of reworked my fundamentals. I did fairly well. I wasn't upset with what I did but I would have liked to have done better.”

Key stats:

Wright had a +7 to par average for the season and he placed 19th at the state tournament held at the Boulder Country Club with rounds of 79 and 78.

COACH'S TAKE:

“He's a very talented golfer who earned both second team all- (Metro) league and second team all-state. More importantly, he demonstrated outstanding character as a leader on the team, as well as how he approached his own game and his schoolwork.

Joe Hobbs

SkyView Academy boys golf coach

Q&A with Wright

Who is your favorite athlete?

There's a golfer who went to Stanford who is now a pro and his name is Patrick Rodgers. He's a good role model.

What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?

Either my coaches or myself.

What would be a perfect performance in your sport?

If I could shoot 59 and there would be no wind on a beach setting in Hawaii or California.

What is your favorite class in school and why?

Math or history. I've always kind of liked them. Math I like because it is concrete — there are not really any abstract answers.

What do you like to do away from golf and school?

I play basketball for my school. I like to travel and that goes along with golf.

What are your plans after high school?

I would like to play college golf at a West Coast Division II school or maybe I've been thinking about the University of Tampa. Far as career-wise, if I could turn golf into a career I would, but if that doesn't work either commercial real estate or being an actuary.

Do you have any superstitions on the golf course?

Every time I take my putter out, I never put the cover on my bag. I always throw it on the ground. People always hand it to me. I don't like it picked up. I don't know if it is a superstitious thing, I don't think I'm going to play bad if I don't do it.

What is the hardest shot for you to hit during a round of golf?

Probably hitting a low fade or even getting a fade to go the right distance. I'm more of a draw player.

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