Jason Bannister navigates boys golf through the winding course of COVID

As Dana Hills and the rest of the CUSD schools move from first to second semester, more and more questions arise concerning sports: is there going to be a season, a chance at CIF? Although many of the fall sports seasons have been cancelled, teams are still practicing in hopes that there may be a shot at regular seasons for the 2021-2022 school year. The boys golf team (only caps if The Dana Hills Boys Golf Team) specifically has been taking advantage of the naturally social distant aspect of the sport, allowing for them to hold regular practices at off campus facilities. 

Senior and Varsity Captain Jason Bannister has been playing golf for thirteen years. After his dad pushed him to begin playing, he soon found that this was the niche for him, as golf allows for the player to have maximum control over the outcome of the match; it is purely individual. Not only does Jason enjoy the sport for what it is, but he also appreciates the time spent on the course as a way to connect with his friends and family. 

Jason has been an integral part of the boys team this year serving as their captain. In this position, Jason is responsible for helping out during practices and potentially picking the line up for matches, to name a few. 

Normally, the boys golf team begins practicing during fall semester in order to prepare for their spring season. When the season begins in February, the boys practice twice a week, but when competitions begin, the teams participate in two matches per week and the occasional tournament. 

However, like almost every sport at Dana, the golf team has had to adjust their seasons, practices, matches, and tournament schedules to comply with COVID-19 protocols. Amidst the quarantine that occurred last March, April, and May, the boys had to cancel their season all together. This year, they have had to postpone their practices, but still have hope that a somewhat normal season may be able to occur. 

““[He is] excited to continue [his] golf career in a place [he has] succeeded in before.”

Jason plans to continue playing golf post graduation, and has committed to the University of Southern Indiana in the class of 2025. He states that “[He is] excited to continue [his] golf career in a place [he has] succeeded in before.

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