The Bethany College men's golf team took second place, while sophomore Ben Johnson took home his third tournament of the year at the Haskell Invitational held Monday and Tuesday at Firekeeper Golf Course in Mayetta, Kan.
Prior to this invitational, the Swedes had won their first four spring tournaments. They are receiving votes in the latest NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll.
Johnson’s score of 70 on the second day was the low round for the tournament. He is currently second within the KCAC standings at 99 points, just a half point behind Shane Gilbert of Southwestern College.
"Ben played very well in the weather conditions both days," Bethany head coach Jon Daniels said. "I don't remember when we saw the sun in a competitive round but it has certainly been a while."
Bellevue University won the tournament with a total team score of 604 (308-296), just six strokes ahead of Bethany's total of 610 (306-304).
The Swedes had a two stroke advantage after round one, but could not hold on to beat the No. 7 team in the nation.
"It was a good field of teams at the top and the course is an excellent course,” Daniels said. “Ryan Schuetz, a former Bethany golfer, is the assistant pro at the course and it was great to see him."
Other players for the Swedes were Greg Miller (T11), James Tisdale (T14), Lex Deal (T16), and Matt O'Neill (T35). (Full results)
"We played decent as a team but need to make a few adjustments and get the guys ready for the conference championships,” Daniels said. "Picking our fifth player for our conference tournament is going to keep me up at night. It was a good warm-up for the next tournament."
The Swedes hope to bounce back in a couple weeks and win the conference title for the second consecutive year. The KCAC Championships will be held on April 29 and 30.