Ben Busick didn't mince words when the De Pere senior spoke to the challenges COVID-19 has presented the Class of 2021 in trying to find places to play college golf.
"COVID-19 really screwed our class over, and I know my playing competitors would agree," Busick wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf, referring to the cancelation of his junior season of high school golf due to the ongoing pandemic. "With junior year gone, all the recruiting was done from summer scores, which made it a little bit tougher."
Fortunately for Busick, it also allowed him to pursue a unique opportunity that will make golf a stepping stone to his long-term academic goals.
Busick recently announced that he will attend Madison College and play golf for the WolfPack. The two-time WIAA Division 1 sectional qualifier said it was the best fit for him financially and geographically as he looked to the future with all the options that attending school in Madison gives him.
"One day after receiving a call, I did some more digging and looking and realized Madison College would be a great fit for me," Busick wrote. "I would love to go into real estate so, ideally, I would like a little background in construction, if possible, and then hopefully transfer to (the University of Wisconsin) after (two years) to continue on in business and sales. Madison College offers multiple courses that will fit my needs and my academic wants to hopefully be successful as I can be in the future."
In the meantime, Busick looks to have a little fun on the golf course in the process.
He brings to the WolfPack one of the more ambitious resumes on the Wisconsin junior-golf circuit. He played in 16 WPGA Junior points events in 2020, averaging 82.75 with a low score of 76 in one of his 10 starts on the WPGA Junior Tour at Utica GC in Oshkosh.
In Madison, Busick stands to help the WolfPack patch some holes in its roster with five golfers eligible to graduate after their second season in the program.
"It's too early to tell where I will fit in there, but I just hope I can be a leader and also throw up some great scores while bringing the team together," Busick wrote. "If not, even just to be a part of the team and help ... the team win" top the list of his goals.
And then there are the perks of going to school in a college town.
"Coach (Glen Eichstedt) really helped me see into what everyday life would be and I kinda fell in love with it," Busick wrote. "With it being so close to UW, this makes it easy to spend some free time down there wether it be hanging out with high school friends or watching the Badgers play."