Jacob Bergeron 3rd at halfway point of Northeast Amateur

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Slidell native and LSU golfer Jacob Bergeron shot a 3-under-par 66 Thursday to briefly take the lead, but ended the day in third place after 36 holes of the Northeast Amateur at Wannamoisett Country Club in East Providence, Rhode Island.

Going off in the morning wave, Bergeron backed up his opening-round 65 with a bogey-free effort to take a brief one-shot lead.

Jacob Bergeron

First-round leader Justin Suh of the University of Southern California turned in a 65 in the afternoon to reclaim the lead with a two-day total of 10-under-par 128.

Bergeron isn’t the only LSU golfer in the top five. Luis Gagne of Costa Rica, who tied for low amateur at the U.S. Open last week, fired a 65 on Thursday and sits at 4-under-par 134.

Another Tiger, Shreveport native Philip Barbaree Jr., is at 5-over-par 143.

The Northeast Amateur, one of the country’s top amateur tournaments, has produced numerous future pros among its list of champions, including Dustin Johnson in 2007.

Play continues through Saturday.

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