Dann good show
STILL on a high after winning Sunday's Brisbane Amateur Championships, Charlie Dann said the windy conditions did not affect his swing or performance.
"It's huge," the 19-year-old said of his achievement.
"I was playing against all the best from Brisbane and the coast," he said.
Brisbane District Golf Association secretary Warwick Nicol said all the great Queensland golfers had won the competition at some time.
"To win one under on a course where it is blowing a gale is a pretty damn good score," Nicol said.
"It was a big effort in pretty tough conditions."
He said it was a fairly big competition for the +3 handicap golfer and Dann should be proud of the win.
Dann, who now works full-time at the Peregian Springs Golf Club pro shop, won with 69 one under par after the 18 hole round at Nudgee.
When The Gympie Times spoke to him yesterday he was on the course practising at Peregian.
Dann confessed when he was not working eight hours a day; he was practising golf for four hours, or spending time with his girlfriend, who also played.
And when he was not doing all that, he was usually having a social game of his favourite sport.
"Not until the end, did I think I had done well," Dann said.
After his round, there were four other groups to go and he was told he was leading.
Now he is practising for the Australian Amateur Championships in January.
The young talent, who names Queensland's Adam Scott as his favourite golfer, hopes to finish in the top 50.
"That's a good goal," Dann reckons.
After that, he has his sights set on winning the Australian Amateurs, the following year.
Dann started his golf career in Gympie after growing up playing tennis, soccer and cricket.
Now he lives at Maroochydore and loves his job.
He said Gympie's golf pro Patrick Jones got him into golf and took him from never playing a game to a handicap of 3 in two years.
"I'm below zero now," he said "I'm a plus three - good enough to be a pro."