Two golfers who grew up less than a half hour from each other are contending at an NCAA Golf Tournament in Louisiana.
The 32nd Louisiana Classics began with 36 holes of play on Monday and features some of the strongest men’s golf teams in the nation, including 3rd ranked Illinois and 9th ranked LSU.
Kent State, led by Canadian coaches Herb Page and Jon Mills, is leading the team portion of the event with eighteen holes left to play on Tuesday. Their -15 total gives them a six-stroke margin over powerhouse Illinois.
Among those competing for Kent State is Josh Whalen of Napanee, Ontario. The Senior is tied for 8th individually at -2 (70-72).
On the board above him, tied for 5th place after two rounds, is Kingston, Ontario’s Noah Steele. The freshman for Sam Houston State, also the 2016 Flagstick Open champion, opened with rounds of 70 and 69.
The tournament is being played at the Oakbourne Country Club in Lafayette. It was the host of the former PGA TOUR event, the Cajun Classic.