LINDSBORG — Bethany College's Ben Johnson, a junior from West Sussex, England, has been named the KCAC Men's Golfer of the Week for the second straight week.
"Ben is very deserving of this award. He is always working hard to improve his golf game," Bethany coach Jon Daniels said. "I am very proud of him on and of the course. I am looking forward to see how he continues to grow and how he plays for us the rest of the year."
In a week filled with less than ideal weather conditions, Johnson excelled for the Swedes. In the Swede Invitational, he shot an opening-round 76, leaving him tied for seventh place. The next day he played exceptional shooting a 67. His play was a big factor in the team going from four shots down to seven shots in the lead.
Johnson's two-round total of 143 left him in a three-way tie for first place with teammate Lewis Blair and Seth Bryan of Southwestern College. Blair went on to win the playoff.
Johnson continued to play outstanding golf the next day when Bethany entered the Bethel Spring Invitational. He again shot a round of 67 to place him tied atop the individual leaderboard. Bethany as a team also was in first after the first round.
His second round of 76 set him apart from the rest of the field. With extremely windy conditions and tough pin placements, Johnson strategically played the course and won as an individual by six shots over teammate James Tisdale. As a team the Swedes shot a two-day score of 600, which was 39 shots better than second place.
Johnson is currently first in the individual KCAC Standings after earning 35 points in the Sterling Tournament and 33.5 points in the Swede Invite. Bethany is first in KCAC team scoring after the Swedes won both the Sterling and Bethany tournaments.
The Swedes will next be in action when they play in the Oklahoma Baptist Tournament in Oklahoma City, Okla., Sunday and Monday.