WINFIELD – The Bethany College men's golf team entered the final round of the South Central Kansas Spring Invitational leading the field by four shots. The Swedes finished Tuesday 18 shots ahead for what turned out to be a runaway victory.
Bethany’s Jose Acevedo finished in first place after shooting a tournament-low 153. He shot a second-round of 74 after being in fifth place following his first round of 79. Acevedo's teammate, Matt O'Neill, finished the second day with a round of 76. His two-day total left him in second place, one shot behind Acevedo, with a total score of 154. O'Neill was tied for third place after the first day of competition with a score of 78.
Ben Johnson joined Acevedo and O'Neill in the Top 5 with a fourth-place finish. Johnson finished the first round tied for seventh place. He made the jump with his second day round of 76 for a two-day total of 156. James Tisdale finished the day tied for eighth place after shooting a day two round of 78. Tisdale finished the tournament with a score of 160. Bethany's Greg Miller made one of the biggest jumps in positions for the whole tournament. After the first day he was in 38th place. Miller shot a tournament-low round of 72 and finished tied for 10th place with a two-day total of 161.
The Swedes’ Josef Loughlin led the way for Bethany's individualists. He finished tied for 14th place and shot a two-day total of 162. Chengetayi Dziva Chikwari finished the tournament with a score of 164, tying for 20th place. Jose Luis Lelo de Larrea shot a 79 on the second day to finish with a score of 166 for the tournament. Lewis Blair finished the invitational with a score of 171 and was tied for 32nd place. Olly Rubenstein finished the invitational in 43rd place with a total score of 177.
On the women's side of the tournament, Arianna Bryant finished tied for 15th place. After shooting a first-round score of 104, Bryant shaved off 14 shots to shoot a 90. She finished the tournament with a two-day total of 194. Bethany's other women's participant, Morgan Nelson, also finished in the Top 20 of individuals. She finished in 19th place with a two-day score of 199. She shot a 96 on day two after shooting a round of 103 on day one, shaving of seven strokes on her day two performance.
The Swedes will next play April 21-22 in the KCAC Championships hosted in Garden City at the Buffalo Dunes Golf Course.