GOLF: When all hope looked lost for Charlie Dann at Royal Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, the 23-year-old showed maturity beyond his golfing years.
The Pelican Waters member sealed the biggest win of his career in sudden-death against Victorian Zach Murray to claim the prestigious Australian Master of the Amateurs title.
But for three holes on the back nine, things were bleak for the golfer who now looks destined to crack the world's top-100 amateurs.
Disaster struck on the 13th, when Dann made his second double-bogey of the round, and backed it up with bogeys and 14 and 15.
After holding a five-stroke lead ahead of the fourth round, he found himself tied with Murray and needed to at least par the last three holes to force a playoff.
Did he ever lose hope?
"I didn't," he told the Daily.
"I never do on the golf course, I learned that growing up but I didn't have as much confidence in myself as I should've."
He re-gained his composure to par the final three holes and went back down the 18th with Murray.
"I was surprisingly a little bit relaxed ... I was ready to win at that point," Dann said.
"I had so much going through my head earlier in the day and it had sort of cleared up a little bit. I had two great six irons into the 18th that were 12-15ft each time.
"They were clutch shots to hit where I wanted to at the right time."
It's fair to say you wouldn't have found a happier bloke in Australia on Saturday evening.
"I'm feeling very tired, but very happy," he said. "I walked off the 18th green with the biggest smile on my face."
It was indeed, a career-changing win. He was swamped by waiting media and the phone has been running hot.
"By the time I got off the golf course and finished the media stuff ... I left the club at 10.30pm and was asleep by 11.30pm - I was absolutely buggered."
Now his thoughts turn to this week's Australian Amateur at Yarra Yarra Golf Club.
"It's another similarly big event and a different format ... the first two rounds is about setting yourself up for match-play and getting in the right mindset to win matches against the toughest competition in the country," he said.
Fellow Sunshine Coaster, Shae Wools-Cobb finished the competition in a tie for third place.
"He's very underrated," Dann said of his new clubmate.
"Even when he looks like he's not doing well he grinds out a score and ends near the top of the leader board.
"There's a great rivalry between us which is getting us up the world rankings - we push each other really well."
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