Dann shines at Lake Macquarie Amateur event
GOLF: Former Gympie golfer Charlie Dann is proving one of the best amateur golfers in the country after securing second place in the last week's esteemed Lake Macquarie Amateur event.
Dann finished the tournament 10 under par, shooting rounds of 70, 68, 73 and 67 respectively.
The top two finishes capped off an impressive run for the Sunshine Coast-based golfer, whose fourth place in the Keperra Bowl and third place in the Australia Master of the Amateurs at the notorious Royal Melbourne golf course have seen his national ranking cemented well inside the top 20.
Given his latest achievements, a professional career looks likely but Dann insists there is still a lot of golf to play before then.
"Just contending in these major amateur events is an important stepping stone to a professional career," Dann said.
"My goal for 2016 is to try and play internationally in Europe; I want to be a contender in the biggest events."
And according to former coach Patrick Jones, that could happen sooner rather than later.
"Charlie has the temperament of a great golfer and that was evident early on," Jones said.
"It is not easy but I can see him being very successful down the track."
Dann will now set his sights on the Queensland men's team that will compete in the interstate series in coming months.