Men's Golf Signs Two Players for Next Season
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss men's golf Head Coach Jerry Weeks announced the signing of Charles Eric Belanger (Quebec, Canada) and Joey Kirkland (West Monroe, Louisiana) as the first additions to the 2018-2019 Golden Eagle Roster.
"We are very excited about our 2018 recruiting class," Weeks said. "Both of these young men are exceptional students in the classroom and have proven to be winners time and time again on the golf course."
Belanger, who also played on the Canadian National Team, has a list of accolades to his name. This year the Canadian took home the trophy at the Graham Cooke Junior Invitational after firing a 10-under over 36 holes. He also secured a 3rd place finish at the 2017 Ping Golf National Championship and a 5th place finish at the 2017 Quebec Junior Boys Championship.
"Charles is in exceptional athlete with experience at the highest levels in junior golf," said Assistant Coach Eddie Brescher. "He is a proven national champion and has represented his country on their national team. Combining his academics with his tournament experience, physique, toughness, and mental discipline, Charles has every aspect we look for in our players."
Belanger was the 2015 Canadian Boys National Champion and took home championships in the same year at the Quebec Match Play, Williamson Cup and Golf Quebec Jr. Spring Open. He has notched three career CN Future Links Top 7 finishes and six career AJGA Top 25 finishes. Belanger was also a participant in the 2016 US Junior Amateur.
Kirkland, who prepped at West Monroe High School, is no stranger to success too. This year's honors include a Louisiana Regional Championship, runner-up finishes at the Louisiana Junior Amateur and the Louisiana District and a fourth-place finish at the Louisiana State Championship.
"We spotted Joey a few years ago while on the recruiting trail at the Tommy Moore," Brescher said. "After watching him play only a few holes, we knew that Joey was exactly what we were looking for at Southern Miss. He is certainly one of the best ball strikers you will find. Joey has a toughness about him that you can't ignore. His attitude is always positive and he is not afraid to win."
Kirkland also collected a championship at the 2016 Mizuno/USSSA Louisiana Games and the 2014 Tommy Moore Invitational. He placed eighth at the 2016 Louisiana Junior Amateur and has racked up six career AJGA top 20 finishes. Kirkland is also a three time Louisiana Junior Cup Team participant.
"Both of these young men come from exceptional families," Weeks said. "We want to thank these families for supporting these young men's decision to continue their careers at Southern Miss. We are excited to have them join us on campus next fall."