DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Bethany College men's golf team finished the second round of the NAIA Men's National Tournament at the LPGA International with a mirror image of its first round.
The Swedes shot a 299 for the second consecutive day, finishing 22 shots over par and a two-round total of 598. Bethany finished in 14th place after Wednesday afternoon's round, the same position it was in after Tuesday's round.
Jose Acevedo led the Swedes on the second day as he shot an even-par 72. He lost a shot on the par-3 third, but gained it right back on the 4th hole. He would par the next eight holes before bogeying the 13th and 14th holes. Following a par on the 15th hole, Acevedo birdied both the 16th and 17th holes to move back even on the morning. Through the first two rounds, Acevedo is tied for sixth place on the individual leaderboard.
James Tisdale was a shot back of his teammate, finishing with a one-over-par, 73. Tisdale, like Acevedo, lost a shot on the third hole, but responded on hole No. 4 with a birdie to pull even for the round. Tisdale also finished his front nine strong with a birdie on the 9th hole. He bogeyed holes 12 and 14, but pulled back even for the round on hole 16. Tisdale bogeyed the 17th to finish with 73, improving five shots on his first round score.
The Swedes’ Ben Johnson finished the day with a second-round score of 3-over-par 75. He bogeyed the first hole before paring the next three. He then sandwiched a birdie between two bogeys. Johnson also bogeyed No. 9 on the front nine. He shot even par on the back nine. Johnson is tied for 27th place.
Bethany's Greg Miller shot 79 and Matt O'Neill finished the day with an 83.
“We got off to a pretty good start, but we did not finish as strong as I would have hoped," Bethany coach Jon Daniels said. "Three of our guys are playing well, but we need for there to be four of them. We really need one more guy to step up and I think that will happen tomorrow. Both of our guys can play well and the help from them will help take pressure off of the other three. We hope to have two rounds left to make up the ground."
Bethany is a shot ahead of Wayland Baptist and St. Thomas (TX). It trails Thomas (GA) by one shot, and Embry-Riddle University (FL) by two. The Swedes are four shots from Tennessee Wesleyan, which is sitting in 11th place, and is only seven shots from being in the Top 10. Faulkner University is leading the tournament at 1-under. Texas Wesleyan is two shots back, 1-over, and the College of Coastal Georgia and Oklahoma City are tied at third only 5-over.
Bethany tees off at 1:20 this afternoon.