Swedes' Johnson off to hot start

By Steve Sell
September 30, 2014

NEWTON —  Bethany College’s Ben Johnson has gotten off to a fast start this fall in his bid to again earn NAIA All-American golf honors.

Johnson, who already has been in top form, shot rounds of 71-68-139 Monday in the Mid-South Classic at famed Sand Creek Station to put himself in a tie for second place. That puts him two shots off the pace set by Saad Milan from University of Texas at Brownsville.

The Swedes were seventh as a team with a 594.

William Woods University was in the lead with a 563, followed by Oklahoma City University (579), Wayland Baptist (583), Grand View University (585), Johnson and Wales University (Fla.) (585), University of Texas at Brownsville (588), Bethany (594), Southwestern College (605), Bellevue University-NE (608), John Brown University (614), Oklahoma Wesleyan University (616) and Bethel College (653).

Bethany carded 301 as a team in the first round, followed by a 293 in round two for an eight-stroke improvement. 

"We played poorly as a team,” Bethany coach Jon Daniels said. "Ben and Jose (Acevedo) did an outstanding job again. We can't continue to play 2-on-5 in these big tournaments."

Acevedo, who is tied for seventh, shot rounds of 76-67-143.  Scott Farrall (82-75-157), Josef Loughlin (77-83-160) and Olly Rubenstein (80-80-60) were other Swede competitors.

Today’s final round already is under way as the teams hoped to get it in before the expected storms come in.