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Nathaly Munnicha decided it was time to make a decision, so she did so last week and made an oral commitment to continue her education and play women’s golf at Xavier University beginning in the 2021-22 school year.
The Columbus North junior – who placed 13th in the IHSAA State Finals last fall – made the pledge to attend the Cincinnati-based school after a discussion with Musketeers coach Breanna Jenco.
“Xavier was my top choice all along,” said Munnicha, who also considered Ball State, IUPUI and the University of Toledo. “I knew they have a really good business program, and they’ve watched me for a really long time. It really felt like the right fit.”
Munnicha said that Xavier offered her a scholarship last September and she visited the school in December. Last week, she decided the time was right to make a commitment. Munnicha will finalize her agreement in November when she may sign a national letter of intent.
“They had three scholarships available in my class, and two other players recently committed to leave just one (spot),” she said. “I knew I liked the school. I said to myself, ‘It’s now or never,’ and decided to go for it.”
In addition to the business program, where Munnicha said she may major in management or advertising, she noted that she liked the school’s distance from home, the size and opportunities offered by Cincinnati and the fact that she knows Xavier sophomore Kayla Benge, a former high school rival from Plainfield. In addition, Jenco played high school golf in Indiana at Avon prior to attending Xavier.
“She was excited when I committed,” Munnicha said of the coach. “We were both excited.”
Being winter in Indiana, the two-time first-team all-state selection is working on her game indoors by using speed sticks to try to gain more swing speed, tempo and technique. She hopes to play in two or three junior events in March, April and May, then play several American Junior Golf Association events and some Indiana Golf Association events over the summer.
Munnicha, who averaged 73.40 strokes in 10 18-hole rounds with a school-record best round of 67 in the Conference Indiana meet last fall, also is looking forward to a strong final high school season before matriculating to college.
“I’m going to try to be more consistent in my game and shoot even lower scores if I can,” Munnicha said. “As a team, we hope to win conference, sectional and regional tournaments and get back to the state meet.”
PHOTO: Nathaly Munnicha watches her putt on the 18th hole of the Conference Indiana meet at Timbergate Golf Course in Edinburgh on Sept. 16, 2019. Munnicha sank the putt for a birdie and school-record round of 67 in the 18-hole competition.