As far into the future as Braeden Resnick can see, long drives will always be good for business.
The Rice Lake senior can't wait to make the 1,500-mile journey to Deland, Fla., to play college golf at NCAA Division I Stetson University. And, once his four years with the Hatters are finished, Resnick hasn't ruled out the idea of driving back home to Rice Lake and helping others enjoy their long drives.
"I am going to be studying business at Stetson," Resnick wrote in an email interview with Wisconsin.Golf. "I am currently unsure of what my specific degree will be, but I am thinking of Family Enterprise Management and potentially taking over my father's car dealership."
Before Resnick turns his attention to moving Dodges, Chryslers, Jeeps and Rams off the lot at South Lake Motors, he is looking forward to doing his part to turn the Stetson men's golf program into something of a family business. Braeden will join older brother Benjamin, currently a junior for the Hatters, on the team this fall. But while his brother paved the way from Rice Lake to Deland, Braeden said his mind was set on Stetson with or without him.
"My sophomore year, I received a (recruiting) letter from Michael Burcin, the head coach of the (University of Wisconsin), but I really had no interest in the school because I was focused on Stetson," wrote Resnick, who said he spent a semester of his sophomore year at Saddlebrook Prep in Wesley Chapel, Fla., and fell in love with the idea of playing college golf in the Sunshine State.
"I obviously talked with my brother a lot about Stetson and he is very happy (there), which helped me believe it was the right decision. ... I chose Stetson because I have been familiar with Florida for a while now and I knew that I really liked the state."
Resnick, who teamed up with his brother to help Rice Lake win the 2018 WIAA Division 2 state title, helped the Warriors extend their run of WIAA Division 2 state tournament appearances to three in 2019 before COVID-19 canceled his junior season. In addition to back-to-back top-20 finishes at University Ridge, Resnick has proven worthy of an NCAA Division I look with his WPGA Junior resume.
Last summer, Resnick — ranked 13th in Wisconsin.Golf's boys Class of 2021 state rankings — turned in top-30 finishes at The Dells Junior Championship (T18), a WPGA Players Tour event at Blackwolf Run in Kohler (T25) and the WPGA Junior Championship (T27). In addition, he has shown great promise on the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, where last summer Resnick turned in a pair of top-10 finishes at events near Kenosha and in Minneapolis.
"Braeden will be a welcome addition to the team," Stetson coach Larry Watson said in a statement shortly after Resnick signed his National Letter of Intent during the early signing period. "Given his knowledge of the other boys on the team, and with his big brother being our senior captain in the fall, he will come in to a more comfortable situation because he has already been around the team more."
Benjamin Resnick competed in all six events during the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season and fashioned a 76.24 scoring average. That was a significant improvement over the 2018-19 campaign, during which the older Resnick averaged 79.5 in 10 rounds over four events.
"My brother had some effect on my decision because, obviously, it is very cool to get to play Division I college golf with (him) and I have been able to see how much he has improved in college and how much opportunity there is at Stetson," Braeden Resnick wrote. "The warm weather is my favorite part about the location of the school. But what most appealed to me is probably the new practice facility at Stetson that will allow me to make great improvements.
"I was also impressed with the environment of the school, the players on the golf team are all very cool and I was impressed with Coach Watson and how much he knows about the game and how nice and helpful he was to me."
The Hatters have two graduate students on the roster thanks to COVID extra eligibility. The other eight golfers on the roster all have at least one season of eligibility remaining, meaning that Braeden Resnick and fellow incoming recruit Ian Ball of Spruce Creek, Fla., will be walking into a veteran program.
"I know I have the ability to play very well right now, but I am not quite as consistent as I would like to be," Resnick wrote. "Going to college will help the weak parts of my game and help me become very consistent and then I think I can be a real help to the team."