Bannister earns OVC March Player of the Month for second year in a row


EVANSVILLE, Ind. – University of Southern Indiana Men’s Golf junior Jason Bannister (Laguna Niguel, California) was announced as the Ohio Valley Conference Golfer of the Month for March. This marks the second year in row Bannister claimed the award in the month of March.

The month consisted of a 15-team intercollegiate at Tennessee Tech University among multiple OVC squads and a match-play competition against cross-town rival University of Evansville.

Bannister led the Screaming Eagles to a third-place finish at the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate, topping fellow OVC squads such as Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State University, and Morehead State University. He led the way finishing tied for fourth place at five over par (75, 69, 74) in the three-round intercollegiate.

Consistency is the name of Bannister’s game as he helped the Eagles earn a 6.5-4.5 win over Evansville in a match play competition. He took on one of UE’s best golfers, winning in 15 holes in comeback fashion. Bannister dropped the first three holes to open the matchup, but dominated the rest of the match winning eight, tying three, and losing only one of the next 12 holes to earn the victory in 15 holes. His monstrous 12-hole stretch included seven birdies.

Bannister and USI look to finish the regular season strong at the Wright State Invitational on Saturday-Monday in Springboro, Ohio. The season concludes in Muscle Shoals, Alabama for the Ohio Valley Conference Championship on April 21-24.