The Bethany College men's golf team continued its strong play by winning the Bethel College Spring Invitational over the weekend, with Saturday’s play at Hesston and Sunday’s windy final round at Newton’s Sand Creek Station.
Just a day after the Swedes came back to win the Swede Invite on Friday, Bethany went to work capturing its second straight tournament victory. Bethany's first team was in first place after round oneand conquered tough conditions on day two to win the tournament.
Ben Johnson led Bethany shooting an opening-round 67 and a second round 76 to go on to win the individual side of the tournament by six shots. He bested fellow Swede James Tisdale. Tisdale opened with a round of 71 and finished with a 78 to finish the tournament with a two-day total of 149. Greg Miller finished fifth after shooting a 153 to have three Swedes in the top five for the second straight tournament.
Bethany's first team also included Jose Acevedo, who finished tied for sixth. Acevedo shot a 155 of his two rounds. Jose Luis Lelo de Larrea finished tied for 15th after he shot a total of 159. The first team shot a 288 in their opening round and a 312 in round two to finish the tournament at an even 600.
Bethany's second team also fared well, finishing third. It was led by Josef Loughlin. Loughlin finished tied for sixth with a two-round score of 155. Manuel Collado finished the tournament with a total score of 160 and tied for 18th. Olly Rubenstein finished the tournament tied for 23rd and Matt O'Neill finished tied for 33rd place. Rubenstein hit an incredible hole-in-one on the 13th hole Sunday afternoon. Lewis Blair rounded out the Bethany's golfers. He shot 167 over two rounds and finished in 40th place.
"Our guys played really well the past four days. Most people won't understand how difficult it was to play well in some of the conditions they have faced lately, especially in today's wind," Bethany coach Jon Daniels said. "To finish that far ahead of the field was outstanding. Even the golf pro at the course noticed the scores we were turning in today and complimented our guys on their performance."
Bethany's 600 totals was 39 shots better than runner-up Kansas City Community College. The Swedes’ second team finished one shot back of Kansas City Community College with a total of 640. The tournament win was also the 85th tournament win for Daniels.
The team will be back in action on April 7-8 when the Swedes will travel to Oklahoma City to play in the Oklahoma Baptist Tournament.