HUTCHINSON — The Bethany College men's and women's golf teams were back in action Monday and Tuesday at the Warrior Invitational, held at Carey Park Golf Course. After finishing fourth in the first round on Monday, the Swede men won the tournament Tuesday. The Bethany women were in third after round one, and finished fourth upon completion.
The men's team shot a 310 in round one and 286 in round two for a team total of 596, edging Ottawa University by three strokes. The Swedes’ men's B team finished fifth with a total of 616 —311 in round one and 305 in round two.
Following Ottawa were Barton County Community College (601), Kansas Wesleyan University (614), Bethany College (B) (616), Mid-America Christian University (621), Bethel College (KS) (632), Allen County Community College (633), Sterling College (637), Friends University (640), and Central Christian College (707).
Jose Acevedo, who played as an individual, won the tournament, finishing with a 141, 1 under par. Acevedo shot a 71 in the first round, and 70 in the second round. Ben Johnson, who also played as an individual, tied for third with a 144. Johnson's first round score of 71 and second round mark of 73 tied him with A.J. Govert from Ottawa University.
Juan Pablo Sin and Nathan Limbacher tied for fifth with totals of 145. Pablo Sin shot a 76 and 69, while Limbacher had a 73 and 72.
Lex Deal tied for 13th, shooting a 76 in round one and 73 in round two for an overall 149. Lewis Blair tied for 18th with an 11-stroke improvement from round one (81) to round two (70).
Greg Miller placed 22nd with an 80 in round one and 72 in round two to total 152. Jacob Hebbel tied for 23rd at 153 (75, 78), followed by Matt O'Neill tied for 25th at 154 (79, 75). Josh Meeks tied for 28th with a total of 155 after shooting a 75 in round one and 80 in round two.
Chengetayi Dziva Chikwari tied for 58th at 169 (87, 82) while Tanner Thurman tied for 60th at 170 (88, 82).
"We were 14 strokes back and in fifth place, so it was nice to see such a comeback from mostly young guys," Bethany coach Jon Daniels said. "It was a learning experience for them."
On the women's side, the Swedes finished in fourth place with an overall score of 701. Bethany shot a 355 in round one, and lopped off nine strokes for a 346 in round two. Kansas Wesleyan University won the event with a score of 665, followed by Rockhurst University (685), Ottawa University (694), Bethany College (701), Oklahoma Wesleyan University (715), Sterling College (891), and Central Christian College (791).
Aspen Bryant finished second. She shot a 79 in round one and 74 in round two, totaling 153, just three strokes behind champion Brianna Bondon from Rockhurst University.
Arianna Bryant tied for seventh with an overall score of 170. Her first-round score of 84 and second round score of 86 tied her with Alissa Kim from Kansas Wesleyan University and KayLee Hacker from Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Lexi Pauls tied for 12th with an 89 in round one and 86 in round two, totaling 175. Rachel Meyer tied for 25th, shooting a total of 203 with a 103 and 100 in rounds one and two, respectively.
"It was nice to see Aspen continue on top of the KCAC women, as the girl that beat her was from Rockhurst," Daniels said. "It was also nice to see such an improvement from Lexi and Rachel. Arianna had a nice first round as well."
The Swede men and women next compete at the Bethany Golf Tournament, held Monday, Oct. 13, at the Salina Municipal Golf Course and Great Life Golf Course.