Swede golfers win KCAC; earn national berth

By Bethany College Sports Information
April 22, 2014

GARDEN CITY —  The Bethany College men's golf team claimed another KCAC championship Tuesday afternoon at Buffalo Dunes, its second in the last three years.

The Swedes led the tournament after the first round, second round and finished off the tournament 10 shots ahead of Southwestern College.

 As a team, Bethany shot a 303 opening round, a tournament-low 295 in its second round and finished with a 319 in Tuesday's action.

The Swedes finished the three-round tournament with a team total of 917. Southwestern was in second with a 927. Ottawa University jumped into third place with the low round of the day, a 308, and finished with a 943. Others were Sterling College (972), Kansas Wesleyan University (986), Friends University (1,003) and Bethel (1,007).

Bethany's James Tisdale finished the tournament in second place, three shots shy of the leader, Seth Bryan, from Southwestern. Tisdale recorded a 225 three-round total — a 74 first round, 70 second round and finished with an 81 today.

 Greg Miller finished in fourth place with a 228 and Ben Johnson tied for fifth place with a 233. Jose Acevedo finished in a tie for 10th place with a 236. Matt O'Neill finished a shot back in a three-way tie for 12th place.

"We are honored to represent the KCAC at the NAIA National Tournament this year," Bethany coach Jon Daniels said. "We were not at our best in the tournament, but we held in there to win. I want to congratulate Ben, Matt, James, Greg, Lewis, Jose (Luis Lelo de Larrea), and Jose (Acevedo) for top 10 All -Conference for the year."

Jose Luis Lelo de Larrea and Lewis Blair finished the tournament tied for seventh and led Bethany's individual medalists group. They finished with a total of 235 through the three rounds. Olly Rubenstein was part of the tie for 12th place joining O'Neill with a score of 237. Josef Loughlin ended the tournament tied for 16th place with a total score of 240.

The Swedes entered nine golfers in the tournament and all nine finished in the Top 16, the top half of 39 competitors. Bethany had six of the top 11 golfers at the tournament, with two KCAC golfers tied for 10th place.

Next up for the Swedes will be the NAIA National Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., and will take place May 13-16.