IJGA summer student makes NJCAA History

Former IJGA summer student, Helen Busch is making headlines for the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) while playing for the Genesee Community College women’s golf team. Busch trained at the IJGA under the direction of coach, Dwight Nevil, during the summer of 2013. Her summer training strengthened her game over the course of her stay at the IJGA as she worked closely with her coach to improve every day.

Busch may be just a freshman in class standings but this stand-out is a team leader both on and off of the course. She shot a team-leading 83 which earned her individual medalist honors at the Tomkins Community College event while also helping the Cougars to first place overall. She also finished third at the Broome Community College event and second at the Mohawk Valley Community College event. She also helped secure the team title at the Mohawk Vally event for Genesee as well.

The medalist honors along with her strong overall play led to the freshman being named as the Genesee Community College Female Athlete of the Week for the week of April 27, 2015. This marked the first time a Cougar lady golfer was chosen for the weekly honor bestowed by the college.

The Buffalo, N.Y., native’s next challenge will come in the form of the NJCAA’s Women’s Golf Championships at the Longbow Golf Course in Mesa, Ariz., later this week, May 14-15, 2015.

As with most of Busch’s accomplishments, this tremendous personal achievement will also have larger, school-wide, implications as she is the first female golfer ever to represent Genesee Community College at the NJCAA Finals.

The IJGA would like to wish Helen the best of luck in the Finals!

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