Josh Whalen Leads Kent State To Seahawk Invitational Win

Josh Whalen (File Photo: Scott MacLeod)

Napanee, Ontario’s Josh Whalen led the Kent State men’s golf team to victory at the NCAA Seahawk Invitational in Wilmington, North Carolina on Monday.

It was the second team win of the Spring season for the Flashes, prevailing by a tremendous 47-stroke margin over second place Army. The team’s -7 total was enough to break the five year-old tournament record.

“To shoot seven under was phenomenal,” said head coach Herb Page, originally of Markham, Ontario. “Everybody played well, especially during a brutal day yesterday. They were playing through wind, which was a mental test that we passed with flying colours. We were very smart and played very tough. We are on a roll here.”

Whalen, a Senior, earned the first individual title of his collegiate career with a -9 total. The 2011 Ontario Juvenile Boys’ Champion recorded rounds of 71,66, and 70 to set the individual tournament record and win by four strokes.

“His 66 was as good as you could ever be,” said Page. “This is the third individual win for us, and with Whelan being a senior it was an emotional victory. I’m very proud of Josh.”

Also competing for Kent State (as an individual) was Spencer Dobbs of Whitby, Ontario. He finished in a tie for 34th place.

(With files from Kent State Athletics)