ANAMOSA - Believe it or not, but one of the greatest golfing careers in Anamosa history almost didn’t happen.
Anamosa senior Kara Hunt, a 2018 state qualifier and one of the best the Raider girls’ golf program has ever seen, originally wasn’t too interested in the sport.
“My brother Austin (a star Anamosa golfer in his own right graduating in 2016) convinced me to go out for golf my freshman year, otherwise I wasn’t really considering playing it in high school,” Hunt said. “As I look back on it now, I guess I’m glad he talked me into it.
“It’s been a fun four years, and now I get to keep it going for four more.”
Hunt signed her National Letter of Intent in front of family and friends inside the Anamosa High School library Friday, April 19, and will golf at the collegiate level with NCAA Division-II Truman State University, in Kirksville, Missouri.
“Honestly, I never really thought I could golf in college until last summer,” Hunt said. “Then I started thinking I wanted to take my game to a higher level. This allows me to do that, and I’m really looking forward to the new challenges ahead of me.”
The choice to attend Truman State came down to more of the academic side of things than golf, but Hunt couldn’t be happier with her decision.
“Truman State has a good science program, and the smaller class sizes there really helped make my decision that much easier,” she said. “I think I’ve got a chance to play there a little earlier than some of the other schools I was looking at, too. Their golf program isn’t that strong right now, but that’s something I’m hoping to help change in the very near future.”
Hunt said her decision came down to Truman State and Wisconsin-Whitewater, but the University of Illinois-Springfield, Lindenwood College (Missouri) and University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) were also recruiting the Anamosa star.
“My visit to Truman State was the best,” Hunt said. “The university was so nice, and the girls on the team all seemed so close. I just wanted to be a part of that.”