GARDEN CITY — Southwestern College’s first-day lead proved to be insurmountable for Bethany College’s men’s golf team on Tuesday despite a spirited charge by the Swedes over the final 18 holes at Buffalo Dunes.
Southwestern entered the final round with a 16-shot lead and while Bethany sliced 11 strokes off that advantage, the Moundbuilders still had enough to win the KCAC Championship Tournament.
The Swedes, however, still earn a bid to the national tournament in coach Jon Daniels’ swan song. Combined with the earlier KCAC regular-season tournament, Bethany had the best overall total of the two tournaments combined with a 1,758, three strokes better than Southwestern. The Moundbuilders’ Seth Bryan goes to nationals as an individual.
The national tournament will be May 19-22 in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Bryan was a titan for Southwestern, winning medalist honors with rounds of 69-70-67-206. He was 10 strokes better than Bethany’s Jose Acevedo (72-73-71-216).
Southwestern as a team fired a final-day 300 while Bethany had a tremendous 289. For the two days, Southwestern had an 883 and Bethany an 888.
Other scores for the Swedes were Josh Meeks (72-80-73-225), Ben Johnson (77-77-72-226), Josef Loughlin (79-75-73-227) and Oliver Rubenstein (75-78-78-231).
Four Swedes played unattached — Greg Miller (81-71-74-226), Nathan Limbacher (71-70-85-226), Scott Farrall (72-77-78-227) and Juan Sin (77-78-85-240).