ON THE TEE: Charlie Dann is set to compete at the Queensland Open on his home course at Pelican Waters, from Thursday. Picture: PGA of Australia
ON THE TEE: Charlie Dann is set to compete at the Queensland Open on his home course at Pelican Waters, from Thursday. Picture: PGA of Australia

Dann holds high hopes at home course for Qld Open

GOLF: In-form Pelican Waters professional Charlie Dann expects to give the Queensland Open a serious jolt on his home course this week.

The 27-year-old, who is coming off the back of a top-10 finish at the Queensland PGA Championship last weekend, knows the layout better than most and he's determined to make the most of that.

"It's a very unique course," he said.

"It's got the Queensland grain, which might be a bit tricky for some people to manage chipping around the greens and reading putts so I've definitely got that as an advantage.

"And I know a few little tricks around the course. I think my game plan is good around here. I've learned that during the last four or so years I've been a member."

Dann has confidence after his efforts at Toowoomba last weekend and he's determined to press for victory this time around.

"My short game has been pretty good of late," he said.

"I had a decent showing there (at Toowoomba) and this week is just a weird week where my expectations are probably a lot higher and I've got to manage that.

"It's all about putting the ball into play and blocking out everything else and just playing my own golf."

Dann does not have full status on the Australasian tour,

"My main goal is to win (this weekend) so I can play the New Zealand Open next week," he said.

"I'll give it my best shot and I feel like I can go pretty well."

He's playing well after tweaking his technique.

"Last year was a good learning experience for me in my first year as a pro, playing in China and in Australia."

"I've had a few little back issues and I've just changed little parts of my swing from October until now. I'm hitting different shots and it's much better on my body. I can train as much as I want now without being sore and worried about injury.

"There's little things I have been doing during the last five months for long-term gain that are slowly paying off now."

While Dann played in China last year his status there this year is in somewhat of limbo, given the PGA Tour Series-China has been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"Not having a job in China means I need to play better in Australia," he said.

Fellow Sunshine Coaster Shae Wools-Cobb believed Dann would be a contender this weekend.

"He spends his whole life at Pelican Waters so he should be able to give it a good crack," he said.

"There's a few (local) amateurs like Chris Crabtree and Dylan Gardner who also spend a lot of time there so, so it will be interesting to see how they go."