Home grown talent claims a most prestigious win
GOLF: Former Gympie golfer and Pelican Waters member Charlie Dann has shot the best four-round score of his career to win the prestigious Keperra Bowl with a 19-under under score of 269.
Dann opened the tournament with three six-under rounds of 66 and finished with 71 yesterday to win by three shots from a field containing the cream of Australian amateur golfers.
Victorians Zach Murray (Commonwealth) and David Micheluzzi (Metropolitan) were equal second while Maroochy River's Shae Wools-Cobb (281) finished eighth in a field of 154.
Dann's previous best score in a four-round tournament was 10-under, placing him second in the Lake Macquarie Amateur in Newcastle in January.
After overcoming a mid-year slump of form after an overseas trip to the UK, Dann has worked diligently to regain his confidence.
" A lot of my hard work has paid off,” he said.
" I put it down to practice.”
The highlight of Dann's score at Keperra, in Brisbane, was his eight-under 28 on his second nine, on the opening day, on Tuesday.
He shot six birdies and an eagle in what he described as "easily the best nine holes of golf in my life”.
"But over the four rounds I played really well.
"I didn't make any major mistakes and kept the ball in play, which is the secret at Keperra,” he said.
Dann, also a member at The Brisbane Golf Club where he trains with the QAS, said his game was in good shape for the Isuzu Queensland Open which starts at Brisbane Golf Club next Thursday.
Dann said that he was going into the tournament with no great expectation but aimed to keep the same swing that served him so well last start.