The education of Calvin Becker and Nolan Couch continued, even though school has been out for better than a month.

The Miami High School products admitted they learned a lot by playing in the Buffalo Run Casino Classic for a second straight year.

“This should be a good experience seeing that level of play, Becker said. “I am not sure how high the level of play will be at the junior college level, but I don't think it will be as high as these guys.

Couch added: “It was just a good experience to get out here and play with the good guys. It gives you that much more confidence when you head into the school year.

Both had even-par 71s on Friday.

Becker opened with a 74 and Couch turned in a 77 in their first round Thursday.

They will continue to be teammates this fall, helping Northeastern A&M rekindle its golf program.

Steve Pace, who currently coaches at Patricia Island Golf Club in Grove, will coach the Golden Norsemen.

The pair, who helped Miami finish fifth at the Class 5A state tournament last month, also played in the BRCC last year.

Couch learned one thing from playing last year: “If you get 3-under par, you can't lose your head. You've got to continue concentrating and can't make dumb decisions. You have to put the ball in the center of the green and two-putt.

Becker spent last summer working on his swing with a new coach.

“I've been hitting a lot more greens this year, he said. “I've figured out these guys are a lot better with their wedges than I was a year ago. The wedge game is probably the part where I have improved.

“These guys are solid. You will find the guys at the top are the ones who are making all their putts. Everything they are looking at is probably going down.