App State men’s golf announced the official signing of North Carolina native Josh Buxbaum to the program on Wednesday.
Buxbaum is from Wake Forest, North Carolina and attends Wake Forest High School. He currently ranks 6th in North Carolina’s Tarheel Youth Golf Association Junior Boys rankings for the class of 2021, averaging a 73.82 per round.
For Wake Forest, Buxbaum earned all-conference honors as a freshman and the NAC6 Player of the Year his following sophomore campaign. Before the COVID-19 shutdown of spring high school athletics, he was tied for the NAC6 Player of the Year once again as a junior.
“We are excited to sign Josh and welcome him into our Mountaineer golf program,” head coach Jason Allison said. “Josh is a young man that has played some really good golf this year with a win and a lot of top-10 finishes.”
In 16 multi-day tournaments in 2020, Buxbaum has recorded one victory, placed in the top-5 twice and posted five top-10 finishes.
His first-place effort took place at the Inaugural Carolinas Collegiate Showcase on Nov. 8 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. Buxbaum shot a 3-under 141 and was one of only two golfers to card under-par scores.
Buxbaum has ties to the High Country through his swing coach, Adam McLaughlin. McLaughlin, a 2002 graduate of App State and current Director of Golf at Wakefield Plantation, competed on the links for the Mountaineers. McLaughlin’s 2000-01 season stroke average of 75.12 solidified his name into the program’s record book.
“I met Adam McLaughlin at a Yosef Club outing a few years ago, and our connection paid off greatly in the recruiting process for Josh,” Allison said. “Josh is a kid that is still growing, has a tremendous mindset and with how he loves competition, we know he will continue to get better. I am excited to watch his development continue.”
Buxbaum will be eligible for collegiate competition in fall 2021.