LINDSBORG — Bethany College’s Ben Johnson was a star both on and off the golf course this past year.
Johnson, the Swedes’ mainstay, recently was named a 2014 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar.
"Ben has certainly worked hard over his career in order to achieve such awards,” Bethany coach Jon Daniels said. "It is a credit to him and his work ethic. He makes me a better coach every day."
In order to be eligible for the Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar honor, an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50 percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 77.0 in NAIA, and 79.0 in Division III and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.2. In addition, a recipient must be of high moral character and be in good standing at the college or university.
There were 207 players in Division I to earn the honor, followed by 75 in Division II and 11 in NAIA. In addition, 46 honorees were added to the Division III category that had been previously released.
Johnson needs to back up the truck for all the honors he received this past year. He was named NAIA PING All-Region, NAIA Nationals All-Tournament Team, and was a NAIA third-teamAll-American.He was also a KCAC Scholar-Athlete.
He finished in a tie for 12th at NAIA Nationals at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. with a three-round total of 216. During the year, he won three tournaments, tied for first in another and was named KCAC Men's Golfer of the week three times.
His 36-hole score of 137, 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. He is also tied for third on the list for his 18-hole performance at the OBU Invitational, a first-round 67, and for his 67 at the Salina Municipal Golf Course on the second day of the Swede Spring Invitational.