OKLAHOMA CITY — After finishing the first day of the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational Golf Tournament in ninth place, the Bethany College first team made a charge that landed it three shots shy of third place. The Swedes’ first team finished in fourth and the Swedes’ B-team moved up one spot and finished in fifth for the tournament.
Ben Johnson led Bethany on day one, shooting a team-low round of 67. Johnson again led the Swedes this time shooting a round of 70. His two-day total of 137 left him in third place, four shots off the lead and one shot shy of being tied for second. James Tisdale again played strong for Bethany. He tied for ninth overall with a 143.
Jose Acevedo finished tied for 39th place with a 152. Greg Miller shaved two shots off his first-round score of 78. He finished the tournament tied for 49th and a total of 154. Jose Luis Lelo de Larrea finished the tournament tied for 59th, and was only four strokes back of his teammate Acevedo.
"I thought we played better overall as a team today. Our first team played well enough to get back into contention for the top three, but we dug too big of a hole to climb out of," Bethany coach Jon Daniels said. "Hopefully we can learn from this tournament and play well all the way through a tournament, as strong the first day as we do the last."
Bethany's B-team also improved in the team standings. After finishing in sixth Monday, the Swedes moved up one spot and tied for fifth. Olly Rubenstein led the Swedes on the second day with a round of 75. Rubenstein's two-day total of 147 tied with teammate Matt O'Neill. Both Swedes were tied for 15th overall in the individual standings and three shots from being in the top ten.
Josef Loughlin also played well from Bethany, shooting a two-round total of 152. Loughlin was tied with his teammate Acevedo for 39th place. Jacob Hebbel finished tied for 46th with a two day score of 153 and Chengetayi Dziva Chikwari, only one shot back, finished tied for 49th.