Dann remaining upbeat as pro career on hold
GOLF: Charlie Dann’s professional goals and livelihood have copped a tough blow but he is trying to remain upbeat about the year ahead.
Just over 12 months into his professional career the 27-year-old finds himself at home with his clubs packed away and a big question mark hovering over when he’ll next hit the fairways due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With his local Pelican Waters club closed for redevelopment, Dann can’t even maintain his game on home turf.
However, he was rolling with the punches and optimistic he could push through until the golfing season returned.
“I came out of last year level (financially) and I didn’t really have too much to play with, so this year, because I had a full schedule in China and Australia, was my year to get ahead,” he said.
“Obviously that’s been put back another, at this rate, six months at least, so obviously financially (it’s a hit), but there’s nothing I can do.
“I’ve just got to be ready for when it all kicks off again.
“The better I can get through this period mentally the better I’m going to come out of it.
“My game is in a good spot at the moment, so I’m just going to lay low, stay healthy and stay fit and whenever it happens it happens.”
While most clubs are open, Dann said he would stay off the fairways for the next few weeks.
“I’ll do the whole self-isolation thing and probably chip some balls in the backyard, but that’s about it,” he said.
“When they (government) back off those levels (of restrictions) I might just get out and ask Caloundra Golf Club if I can play there.
“If I can get a chance and know that the Australian public can get outside and be safe then I’ll definitely be out there everyday.”
He believed a break from the game could be beneficial.
“I think over the past five years whenever I’ve had a break it (game) usually comes back better,” he said.
“I think I’m in a good position to be able to live on the Sunny Coast and have people around us that are doing okay.
“I think there are a lot worse off.”