Brisbane to Perth, via Seoul

Shae Wools-Cobb and Charlie Dann

Queenslanders Charlie Dann and Shae Wools-Cobb are taking a novel route to next week's Interstate Series in Perth.

The pair, likely to play at No.1 and No.2 for Queensland in next week's team matchplay event, have been invited to play in the Maekyung Open in South Korea from Thursday.

It's great reward for Dann and Wools-Cobb, who've been both consistent and successful in the past year to the point they're ranked second and third, respectively, behind only Min Woo Lee in the current Australian amateur rankings.

Golf Australia high performance director Brad James said the invitations were another key stage in their development as prospective professionals.

“Of course it’s important to have exposure in professional tournaments, but it’s also critical they learn to prepare and travel like professionals as well,” James said.

“Having an event in Seoul and then having to go to Perth in back-to-back weeks is another great learning tool for both guys, who’ve really impressed this year and now have a challenge other than just playing golf.

“It’s also a great sign of the different aspects of the industry working in harmony. The Queensland Academy of Sport has done a great job helping prepare these young athletes and the PGA Tour of Australasia has been instrumental in them getting a start in Korea, so it’s great to have everyone on the same page in making the next wave of athletes the best they can be.”

The Maekyung Open was once on the Asian Tour, but has been sanctioned by the OneAsia Tour since 2010. It has been won by 12 Korean players in succession, last won by an international golfer in 2004 when American star Mark Calcavecchia saluted.

Its honour roll features some great names including Presidents Cup representatives KT Kim and Sangmoon Bae.

The tournament will be played in a week in which the European Tour announced another strategic alliance, this time with the Korea Professional Golfers’ Association.

Earlier this year, the European Tour announced a similar alliance with the PGA Tour of Australasia, following the success of its Alliance with the Asian Tour announced in 2016.

Tournaments will be co-sanctioned and the two organisations will co-operate closely on the development of the professional game in Korea.

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