For Dalton Daniel, the enormity of the novel coronavirus crisis became evident three weeks ago on a trip to Arizona.
Daniel, a Cal State Fullerton golfer, and his teammates traveled to Phoenix for a tournament on Wednesday, March 11. During the flight, they learned their university would be shifting to virtual instruction because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
That same day, the World Health Organization declared a pandemic and the NBA suspended its season.
The next morning, Titan golfers gathered at Grand Canyon University Golf Course for a practice round on the eve of the two-day tournament.
“We were at the range while the coaches were at a meeting,” said Daniel, a junior from Newcastle, Oklahoma, who competed as the team’s No. 3 player. “A Texas San Antonio coach came out to talk to his team, then they all got in a van and left. Then another team left.”
As word spread that the tournament had been canceled, the Titan golfers moved from the putting green to the first hole. That’s where Titans head coach Jason Drotter found them and confirmed the event had been scrapped.
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