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One of Manitoba’s brightest amateur golfers has flipped NCAA Division 1 schools.
Winnipeg’s Braxton Kuntz, who competed at Nicholls State University in Lousiana during his freshman year, will now attend Ball State University in Indiana.
The finance major competed in eight events in the Bayou State last year, boasting the second-lowest stroke average on the team (74.7). His best outing was a third-place finish in the HBU’s Colin Montgomerie, where he shot a low-round 70 and a 71 for a 2-under 214.
The 19-year-old had a sensational summer last year, becoming the first player to defend the Manitoba junior and Manitoba men’s amateur championships in the same year. He followed that with a top-five finish at the Canadian junior boys championship in Kamloops.
Kuntz’ historic run came despite nursing a heart ablation known as Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), which, randomly triggered, would cause his heart rate to reach as high as 200 beats per minute. Kuntz told the Free Press in a previous interview that he was scheduled to undergo surgery in September to fix his condition.
Kuntz was not available for comment on his decision to change schools.
Joshua Frey-Sam happily welcomes a spirited sports debate any day of the week.