Dann to mix it with the big guns of Australian golf
GOLF: Gympie trained Pelican Waters amateur Charlie Dann is in form and ready for the challenge of competing against seasoned professionals in the Queensland Open.
The 24-year-old teed off yesterday in his second event with the pros, after missing the cut in the corresponding tournament last year.
After a last-start three-shot win in the Keparra Bowl, he is primed for a good showing.
"Things have been going well for the past few months,” he said.
"I think my bad shots are just a lot better than what they have been (so) there's not too much which goes wrong.
" I've got a lot of belief in my game and the more I trust what I do, the better I play.
"I've stopped worrying about what everyone else is doing and how high and perfect they hit the ball.
" I just worry about my game and it's helping me.”
Dann is treating the Open as "just another tournament” but is eager to gain more experience among professional fields.
"I'm just trying to get myself in an uncomfortable position. I want to be able to be proactive being out of my comfort zone and that's what pro events are to me at the moment.”
Dann will likely also contest the Western Australian Open and possibly the New South Wales Open.
As a member at Pelican Waters Golf Club and Brisbane Golf Club, he's familiar with this week's course at Yeerongpilly.
He also trains there with the Queensland Academy of Sport.
"It's not like any other course in Queensland,” he said.
"It's more like a Melbourne course.
It's got really firm, fast greens and is very tight around the greens.
"But that suits me because my short game is probably the best part of my game at the moment.”
Dann is among a host of Sunshine Coasters to compete in the event.
Others are Doug Klein, Steven Cox, Nick Drinkwater, Lochlan Coleborn, Zac Maxwell and Shae Wools-Cobb.
The latter, also an amateur, is expected to fare well.