CLUB CHAMPION: Charlie Dann was top of the lot at Pelican Waters.
CLUB CHAMPION: Charlie Dann was top of the lot at Pelican Waters. CONTRIBUTED

In-form Dann to tee it up at Open

WHEN Sunshine Coast golfer Charlie Dann steps onto the first tee at Brookwater Golf and Country Club today to tee it up in the Queensland Open, he will more than likely pinch himself after what has been a week to remember.

If pre-qualifying for the Open with a six-under 64 at Virginia Club on Monday was not a big enough thrill, his brilliant round followed his maiden win in the Pelican Waters club championship a day earlier.

"This has definitely been a huge week for me," said the 22-year-old, who has had a break-out year in the senior amateur ranks.

"To win my first club championship in my first year as a member of Pelican Waters was a big thrill, and a proud achievement. Then to head to Brisbane on Monday and shoot six-under to qualify for the Queensland Open was just an awesome feeling."

He had a dream round at Virginia, with seven birdies and a bogey on the slightly-modified par 70 course. Almost 230 amateurs and professionals played the pre-qualifying rounds at Virginia and Keperra, with only the top five scores at each course gaining a start in the Open.

Over the past two weekends Dann shot four-over par 292 to win the Pelican Waters championship by eight strokes from Jordan McDonald. In the first weekend he had rounds of 72 and 69, but faltered last weekend to return 76, 75.

"A week before the championships my new set of irons arrived and on the first weekend I was very comfortable with them," he said.

"Then, for some reason, during rounds three and four I lost some confidence hitting them and struggled, particularly with the mid irons. But I put that in the back of my mind on Monday and everything felt really good."

Dann's primary aim in the first two rounds of the Queensland Open on the challenging Brookwater course is to make the cut and play on the weekend. And he is motivated by the performance of a number of amateurs on the same course last year.

With club championship at Peregian Springs in 2012 and 2013 in his bag, Dann's major wins in 2015 have been at the Sunshine Coast Men's Open amateur golf championship at Headland, and the Queensland State Amateur Burleigh Cup.

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