LINDSBORG — Bethany College's Ben Johnson, a junior from West Sussex, England, had quite the year for Jon Daniels and the Swedes’ golf team.
Johnson has been honored for his play by being a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) PING All-Region honoree, he earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the NAIA Nationals last week and he also received third-team All-American honors.
"Ben has worked hard in the classroom and on the golf course and those efforts are obviously working," Daniels said. "He is a quality person and golfer. It is a pleasure to coach Ben and he makes me a better coach every day."
Last week, while at the NAIA National Tournament, Johnson was selected to the NAIA PING All-Region team by the GCAA, the Golf Coaches Association of America. Of the four regions; North, South, Central and West, Johnson was selected to the Central Region. In each region, 15 of the top players were selected as representatives of the region. He was also selected to the NAIA PING All-Region team in 2013.
At the NAIA Nationals, Johnson finished tied for 12th over the weather-shortened three -round tournament. He shot a 71 (-1) for his first round, a second round of 75 (+3), and a final round of 70 (-2) to finish with a three-round total of 216 (E). After his second round, Johnson started with another bogey and was (+2) going into his final nine holes. Following three consecutive pars, he finished the tournament with birdies on four of his last six holes, to get him even for the tournament. Johnson was one of 15 selected to the NAIA National Championships All-Tournament Team.
Johnson also was named an NAIA All-American by the NAIA Men's Golf Coaches Association All-America Committee. He is part of 45 student-athletes, with 15 being selected to each of the three teams.
Over the course of this year, he has won three tournaments and tied for first in another, and Johnson was named the KCAC Men's Golfer of the week three times.
His 36-hole score of 137, good enough for a third-place finish, at the Oklahoma Baptist University Invitational is tied for third on the all-time Bethany College record list for the best 36 -hole tournament. Johnson is also tied for third on the list for his 18-hole performance at the OBU Invitational, first round 67, and for his 67 at the Salina Municipal Golf Course on the second day of the Swede Spring Invitational.