DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Bethany College men's golf team finished the first day of the NAIA National Tournament on Tuesday with a team score of 299, which was good for a tie for 14th.
Bethany's Ben Johnson and Jose Acevedo led the Swedes, each shooting a 1-under-par 71, good for a tie for 10th individually. Acevedo was consistent all day, shooting par on every hole but three. While starting on the back nine, he birdied No. 16, but gave the shot back on the par-three 17th. Acevedo would birdie No. 8, his second-to-last hole.
Johnson, on the other hand, flew out of the gates. He birdied his first two holes, No. 10 and No. 11, and finished the back-nine at even-par. Johnson also picked up a shot on hole No. 1 to move to 3-under. He gave a shot back on two of his last three holes to finish, like Acevedo, 1-under-par.
The Swedes’ James Tisdale finished his first round with a 78, 6-over-par. Tisdale was 3-over for both the front nine and back. He birdied No. 16 on the back, and also gained a shot on the par-five ninth. Tisdale lost shots on four holes on the front and three on the back. Greg Miller finished a shot behind his teammate with a 79, 7-over-par. Matt O'Neill finished the day with a round of 85, 13-over.
With their team total of 299, the Swedes are tied with Webber International. The College of Coastal Georgia is leading the way with a team total of 285, 3-under-par. Faulkner University and Grandview University are trailing narrowly with a total of 286. Oklahoma City and Concordia University of Oregon round out the top five of team totals. Oklahoma City finished with a 1-under-par 287, while Concordia finished even-par.
The Swedes already are in action today as they had an early tee time.