Ben Busick, De Pere

Ben Busick of De Pere, shown here competing in the 2020 WPGA Junior Championship, will play his college golf at Madison College.

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."

Boys Class of 2021

College selections on this list are updated regularly. To share updates on the decisions of high school seniors, email Rob Hernandez at rob@killarneygolfmedia.com

No. First name Last name High school College Nov.
2019
July
2019
Nov.
2018
Nov.
2017
1, Jacob Beckman Middleton Wisconsin 1 1 1 NR
tie, Ty Kretz Marinette South Dakota State 2 2 3 5
3, Bennett Swavely Hudson Minnesota 3 8 9 NR
4, Benjamin Pausha Kettle Moraine Minnesota (acadmeics) 7 2 2 11
5, Owen Covey New Richmond UW-Eau Claire 13 10 NR NR
6, Austin Georger Appleton West Wittenberg (Ohio) 11 14 25 NR
7, Christian Staudt Mequon Homestead 5 4 5 3
8, Connor Nelson Waukesha West UW-Stout 14 NR NR NR
9, Nick Amtmann Hartland Arrowhead UW-Eau Claire 6 9 7 NR
10, Silas Pickhardt Madison Memorial Northern Michigan 26 NR NR NR
11, Ty Mueller Mequon Homestead South Carolina (club golf) 4 17 6 NR
12, Matthew Mueller St. Croix Central UW-Stout NR NR NR NR
13, Braeden Resnick Rice Lake Stetson (Fla.) 12 NR NR NR
14, Logan Pechinski Stevens Point Davenport (Mich.) 27 20 13 4
15, Collin Thomey Germantown Bryant & Stratton NR NR 15 NR
16, Addison Raimer Slinger 9 7 12 2
17, Nathan Theama Cedarburg NR NR NR NR
18, Luke Abram Lake Geneva Badger TBA (academics) 16 23 20 13
19, Matt Paulson Mukwonago Madison College 15 NR NR NR
20, Sam Evenson Holmen Iowa Central CC 124 12 21 NR
21, Hunter Neumann Tomah UW-Stout NR NR NR NR
22, Liam Sather Eau Claire Memorial NR NR NR NR
23, Jackson Cain Kettle Moraine Minnesota (academics) 8 6 NR NR
24, Nicholas Higley Eleva-Strum TBA (academics) 31 19 10 NR
25, Adam Bauman Peshtigo 34 NR NR NR
26, Jacob Hall Osceola Bethel (Minn.) NR NR NR NR
27, John Mirsberger Franklin Wisconsin (academics) 18 13 11 6
28, Will Buettner Milwaukee Marquette Villanova (academics) 22 NR NR NR
29, Ben Busick De Pere Madison College 20 24 23 NR
30, Teddy Schumacher Fond du Lac Springs St. Norbert 37, NR NR NR
31, Kaleb Lycke La Crosse Logan Madison College NR NR NR NR
32, Jack Tonnessen Germantown Lewis University (Ill.) 19 NR NR NR
33, Maxamillian Xiong River Falls UW-Stout 10 5 4 1
34, Adam Soczka Wauwatosa East/West Augustana (Ill.) NR NR NR NR
35, Elijah Bartel Waupaca UW-Stevens Point (academics) 17 11 NR NR
36, Ian Resch Wittenberg-Birnamwood Madison College NR NR NR NR
37, Dawson Kurth Durand UW-Eau Claire 30 18 19 NR
38, Charlie Schubbe Appleton Xavier Wisconsin (academics) 21 25 17 7
39, Jack Catherall Milwaukee Marquette 40 NR NR NR
40, Jake Rebholz Verona Madison College NR NR NR NR
41, Andrew Aune Verona NR NR NR NR
42, Ethan Draeger Kettle Moraine Lutheran UW-Stout NR NR NR NR
43, Declan Cooley Milwaukee Marquette 40, NR NR NR
44, Tyler Dahl Kenosha Tremper Madison College 36, NR NR NR
45, Tyler Fisel Kenosha Indian Trail NR NR NR NR
46, Brayden LoPiccolo Racine Case 29, 22 16 NR
47, Tyson Miller Slinger NR NR NR NR
48, Peter Iwanowski St. Francis/Cudahy 25, NR NR NR
49, Jake Anderson Whitefish Bay NR NR NR NR
50, Andrew Fickel Hartland Arrowhead 39, NR NR NR
HM Tyler Dahl Kenosha Tremper Madison College NR NR NR NR

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