LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s Ben Johnson has been awarded the third annual Carmichael Golf Scholarship from Dorothy Carmichael, in memory of her late husband Ken Carmichael.
"Dorothy and her late husband Ken are very good friends of the golf program and Ken was an enthusiastic golfer and played for Bethany," Swede coach Jon Daniels said. "It is so great that Dorothy has decided to honor Ken by giving the scholarship. Ben is very deserving of the award and Ken would be proud of Ben. Ben works hard in the classroom and on the golf course and that is what Ken would have wanted."
Dorothy Carmichael, a Bethany alum of the Class of 1961, created the scholarship in memory of her husband Ken Carmichael. Ken, also Class of 1961, was a retired Lutheran minister and an avid golfer who was a member of the first ever men's golf team at Bethany College.
Dorothy's daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Randy Butsch, who reside in Florida, are also Bethany alums; Randy the Class of 1982, and Suzanne the Class of 1983. Dorothy's son Scott Carmichael, of Denver, Colo., pictured with son John Carmichael, attended Bethany for one year.
Johnson is a junior men's golfer from West Sussex, England. This season, he earned KCAC All-Conference honors, finishing the season with 161.5 total points. The Swedes recently won their third conference title in three years. At the KCAC Championships, Johnson tied for fifth with a score of 233. He won the Sterling College Tournament Oct. 7-8, tied for first at the Swede Invite March 27-28, won the Bethel Invite March 29-30 and placed fourth at the Southwestern Tournament April 14-15.
Johnson is the third recipient of the Dorothy Carmichael golf scholarship. James Tisdale previously won the scholarship for two consecutive years.