MOUNT VERNON — Sergeant Jason Davis has had his share of harrowing experiences in his Army career. With a tour in Iraq under his belt, which includes surviving two encounters with IEDs, he has served his country selflessly.
Now a part of the National Guard, the 33-year-old construction equipment mechanic lives in his native Mount Vernon and works in Newark. Recently, Davis had a different sort of deployment.
Davis, who graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1996, was invited to go to South Carolina, armed with nothing but his golf clubs.
“I put in an application to join the All-Army golf team,” said Davis who has been in the military for the past 14 years. “I didn’t even know that the Army had a golf team, until I played in a tournament with my buddy, who was in the Army back in the ’80s. He actually played on the golf team.”
Davis had built up a pretty impressive golfing resume, which included his high school golfing career as a Yellow Jacket. All of this went to the tournament officials with his application.
“I played on the golf team back when Kent Miller was the coach,” said Davis. “I put in newspaper clippings from the Mount Vernon News from back when I was in high school.”
Eventually, he learned that Uncle Sam wanted him on the golf course.
“They called me and said, ‘We want you to come down and try out for the team,’” said Davis, who left on the 19th.
“In two years, I’m going down to the Professional Golfer’s Career College in South Carolina,” said Davis. “I’m going to use my GI Bill to do that. There’s no better place to work than on a golf course — for me, at least. If I don’t make it as a player, then I would like to be a teaching professional or run my own golf course or something like that.”
Of course, Davis’ background in construction gives him other options.
“Golf Course Design is also an option at the school,” said Davis. “That’s one of the things I wouldn’t mind getting into.”