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Brayden Provost tees off on U.S. college golf career


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Brayden Provost is on the golf team at Fresno City College in California.

Brayden Provost moved to Fresno, California last fall to play golf at Fresno City College.
Provost, 18, is a member of the Kainai reserve and attended St. Michael’s school in Pincher Creek before transferring and graduating from Piikani Nation Secondary School last June.
Provost is a freshman at Fresno City College in California, where he is studying business administration, with a minor in Native American Indian Studies.
Fresno City College was established in 1910 as California’s first community college.
Fresno City College offers associate degrees, after which students receive a certificate of complete or transfer to four-year universities.
The college has an enrollment of more than 24,000 students.
In addition to golf, Fresno City College has men’s teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, tennis, track and field and wrestling.
Provost grew up playing golf with his dad, Kevin Provost, and grew a passion for the sport while golfing all throughout southern Alberta.
Provost began to take golf seriously in high school, playing all three years of high school and making it to provincials, as well as representing Alberta in the North American Indigenous Games.
“I consider my driving off the tee a strength and my short game,” Provost said of the strengths and weaknesses of his game. “My second shots and long irons are what I have to work on.”
Fresno City College Rams head coach Danny Paniccia agreed.
“Brayden’s strength is hitting the golf ball,” Paniccia said. “He hits it pretty consistent. I think his weakness right now is his putting, which we continually work on.”
“Currently Brayden plays in our fourth spot on the team. He has shown improvement week-to-week, which is what i like to see as a coach.”
Provost did receive offers from other colleges to play golf but intends to spend two years at Fresno City College before transferring to an NCAA Division 1 school.
“I chose Fresno because the golf team’s head coach had reached out to me in 2016, and my dad had already lived in Fresno so he knew what the city was like and where everything was,” Provost said.
Danny Paniccia is head coach of the Fresno City College Rams golf team.
Tournaments are on Mondays and Wednesdays and the Fresno City College team practices on Fridays.
Provost played in his first college tournament Feb. 19 at the Sunnyside Country Club in Fresno County.
Playing in a 30 mph wind, Provost was nine strokes over par on the front nine but double bogied the 17th hole to finish one over on the back nine for an 18-hole score of 82.
The Rams golf team has tournaments at Lemore, California and Buena Vista, California, as well as one at Stanford University.
Provost has settled into the life of a university athlete since heading south in August.
“After rounds and practices we eat at either In-N-Out Burger or Chipotle Mexican Grill,” Provost said with a laugh.