HOLLAND — Walking golf courses has been no issue for Holland High School golfer Daniel Castaneda.


Nine holes, 18 — even 27. He doesn’t mind.


“I’ve been walking since mid-March, so I’m just used to it by now,” Castaneda said. “It’s not too bad. Nine holes isn’t bad — I’ve walked 27 holes in one day a week and a half ago. I went 18 then I went to the range for a little bit because I worked on my tee shots and then I came back and did another nine.”


Castaneda, a junior, has been keeping busy practicing his golf game during the Michigan lock down.


“It’s like the one thing I can do that’s allowed,” Castaneda said.


The junior averaged a 45 as a sophomore last year for the Dutch boys golf team and had a high-game of 40, leading to Holland Sentinel All-Area Team honors.


“Daniel is a student of the game,” Holland coach Jason Voss said. “He is always trying to become a better person and golfer on and off the course. I expected a great year out of Daniel with all the offseason work that he was putting in. His knowledge of the course and managing his shots from tee to green would have allowed him to achieve his goals of lowering his scores from week to week.”


Castaneda said with all of the work he has been putting in, last year’s numbers are no longer representative of his current ability.


“It was pretty crazy,” Castaneda said of the season cancellation. “I knew I was going to keep on being on my grind, keep on going everyday because I’m still going to have tournaments this summer. It stinks, but I’m still going to have a chance to show what I can do this summer.


“Last year, I was not playing to my caliber of player.”


His goal this year was to average at least a 39, and had conference and state recognition in mind. He joined the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and colleges have already gotten his phone number from his resume on the AJGA website.


“Talking to other players, they always tell me it’s the No. 1 way to get into colleges and get my name out there,” Castaneda said. “My parents signed me up for that and had a couple of tournaments I was signed up for.”


He plans to put up golf-swing videos on the site as well.


A member at Clearbrook Golf Course in Saugatuck, Castaneda has been golfing consistently with fellow Dutch golfer Chandler DeWitt.


He plans to keep doing so until things go back to normal.


“I’ve played every day for the past two weeks, but right now I’m giving myself a three or four day break, just so my body rests for a bit, but then I’ll get back into it for the next couple weeks,” he said.


— Contact Assistant Sports Editor Beau Troutman at btroutman@hollandsentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter @BVTroutman.