DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The NAIA has released the first- and second-round pairings for the 2014 NAIA Men's Golf National Championships.
The 63rd annual event will take place at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., May 13-16. The 156-player field consists of 29 teams and 11 individual qualifiers.
This is the 13th time under head coach Jon Daniels that Bethany has been to the national tournament. The Swedes had never been to the tournament before he became coach.
Bethany's best finish at the NAIA National Tournament is 11th place. Last year, Ben Johnson competed as an individual, but Bethany did not compete as a team. Also in recent years, the Swedes finished in 16th place in 2012, 18th place in 2011 and 19th place in 2010.
Bethany has been scheduled to tee off on the back nine at 12:30 p.m. for the first round. The Swedes are joined in day one's afternoon session by Faulkner (Ala.) and Midland (Neb.). The start times for the second day will rotate as Bethany will tee off in the morning, 7:50 a.m., on Hole No. 1. The Swedes will again be joined by Faulkner and Midland.
The other team qualifiers include: Bellevue (Neb.), British Columbia, Cal State San Marcos, Cardinal Stritch (Wis.), Costal Georgia, Concordia (Ore.), Culver-Stockton (Mo.), Embry-Riddle (Ariz.), Embry-Riddle (Fla.) who is the host school, Grand View (Iowa), Indiana Wesleyan, Johnson & Wales (Fla.), Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), Madonna (Mich.), Oklahoma Baptist, Oklahoma City, Point Park (Pa.), Saint Xavier (Ill.), St. Thomas (Texas), Tennessee Wesleyan, Texas Wesleyan, Thomas (Ga.), Wayland Baptist (Texas), Webber International (Fla.), Westminster (Utah) and William Woods (Mo.).
"Since we compete against the entire field it does not matter who we are paired with the first two days. We are excited to get a chance to play for the championship and look forward to the experience," Daniels said. "I have had calls from all over the world of former players and each one said first of all good luck and secondly recalled their time at the national championships as a memory they will always cherish. They go into detail on what they remember about the opportunity. It is always great to hear from all the guys. Many will e-mail the players and wish them good luck as well. It is like an extended family and I keep track of every player that has played for me. I am certainly blessed by each and every one of them."
The championship is a four-round, 72-hole tournament consisting the 156-golfers and is a stroke-play competition. Each team competes with five golfers (a minimum of four) and the top four scores posted each day are counted toward the team standings. The tournament field will be cut to the top 17 teams and 40 individuals, including ties, after the first 54 holes.