No stopping Gympie golfer post-surgery
NOT only does Gympie golfer Charlie Dann have his immediate playing schedule - and his future - seamlessly defined, but the road ahead for Australia's No.2 male amateur golfer is much clearer these days.
Dann recently underwent a second bout of surgery to remove a pterygium from his right eye.
Two years ago the Pelican Waters Golf Club member had a similar medical procedure performed on his left eye.
And while the surgery was necessary to protect his sight long term, the major reason the 23-year-old decided to go under the knife was aesthetics.
"I was sick of looking in the mirror and seeing bloodshot eyes,” he said.
He was also conscious of his appearance to others, particularly when arriving for a tournament where he was not known, or meeting golf officials and sponsors.
"It may have been my imagination, but I could sense people looking at me thinking I was hungover, or had not had enough sleep,” he said.
"As a non-drinker, that did not sit well with me. And I certainly wasn't happy with people maybe thinking I was not taking my golf seriously, or that I didn't care about my career.”
A pterygium occurs when the covering of the white part of the eye grows over the clear window at the front of the eye (the cornea).
They can also interfere with vision by distorting the cornea which tends to throw the eye out of focus.
Dann said failing eyesight was not an issue with him, although he had been advised that it could affect him in the future.
And he was not about to allow the possibility of that impediment to interfere with a career that will take a major change of direction when he eventually steps up to the professional ranks, more than likely at the end of the year.
But before that decision is made, the winner of three major amateur events in Australia over the past 12 months sets out on the first leg of a three-month overseas excursion.
Dann has been accepted into seven major amateur tournaments in the UK and the US.