Charlie Dann – Photo courtesy of PGA of Australia Brett Costello
Sunshine Coast golfer, Charlie Dann, has a share of the the lead at the halfway mark of the Tour Players Series Sydney event at the Bonnie Doon Golf Club in Pagewood in Sydney’s south eastern suburbs.
Dann shares the lead with Victorian Peter Wilson,who, after a horror start to his afternoon round, fought back to play four holes in 4 under through the middle of his round and then added two late birdies to join Dann in the lead
The 28 year old Dann added a second round of 64 to his opening 67 and leads along with Wilson by one over Wollongong’s Travis Smyth, South Australian rookie Jack Thompson, Victorians Josh Younger and Blake Collyer and Queenslander, Shae Wools-Cobb
Dann was out early on day two and played his opening nine in 5 under 32 before adding two further birdies on the way in. The highlight came at the par 5 9th which he eagled.
Dann, a professional for just over two years, was an accomplished amateur, winning events such as the Keperra Bowl, the Master of the Amateurs and the Mandurah Open but his time in the professional ranks has not been easy although like so many other domestic players he has been starved for opportunities over the last twelve months.
Dann has, though, played well in events in Australia this year and in 2019 played events on the China Tour where he recorded several reasonable finishes and appears to be finding his feet at this level.
The manner in which he handles the unique opportunity he has created for himself over the weekend will be watched with interest.
Wilson is 15 years older than his co-leader and has a Tier 2 PGA Tour of Australasia victory to his credit when successful at the WAPGA Championship in Kalgoorlie in 2012.
“Obviously I got off to a rough start but I knew that seven, eight and nine were the easier down-wind holes,” said Wilson. “I just had to stay patient and wait for those holes to happen and I played them in 4-under again like I did yesterday.”
Much of the lead-up to the event was dominated by the arrival on the professional scene of 18 year old, Elvis Smylie, and he did not let anyone down.
After an opening round of 3 under 68 yesterday, Smylie struggled early in his round today but like Dann he too would eagle the 9th to turn in even par before an impressive homeward nine of 30 to be tied in 11th place and four from the lead.
The $150,000 event continues over the next two days.
Elvis Smylie – impressive professional debut – photo PGA Australia