Bethany College entered the final day of the Swede Invitational four shots behind the leader Southwestern College.
Bethany College entered the final day of the Swede Invitational four shots behind the leader Southwestern College. After the final round, the Swedes came away with the first place trophy.
Bethany's first team won by seven shots. Bethany's second team finished in third ten shots behind the Moundbuilders.
Sterling College finished in fourth place and Bethany's third team round out the top five teams in the Swede Invitational.
After shooting a first round 307, Bethany coach Jon Daniels first team shot a tournament low team round of 276. The round was the second best ever in the Swede invitational. Friday's round was also tied for second best in the Bethany College record book.
After a slow start from poor weather conditions, the Swedes two day performance of 583 was surprisingly the 13th best by any Swede golf team.
"I was very proud of how the guys handled adversity," Daniels said. "We started the day in second place and faced very cold weather with rain, sleet, and snow. Our guys overcame adversity and played like champions today."
Lewis Blair, from Bethany's third team, finished the tournament in a three way tie for first in individual scores.
Blair, Bethany's Ben Johnson and Southwestern's Seth Bryan all finished with a two day total of 143. Blair won the playoff to take home the individual trophy.
Johnson, however, shot an incredible round of 67 to pull even with the two who had been atop the individual standings yesterday.
The Moundbuilders Shane Gilbert, Tanner George of Sterling College and Bethany's Matt O'Neill finished tied for fourth. The three finished one shot back of first place. Jose Acevedo and Jose Luis Lelo de Larrea both finished tied for eighth finishing with a score of 146.
Greg Miller finished the tournament in eleventh place with a two day total of 148. He shot a 70, dropping eight strokes from day one. Olly Rubenstein dropped five shots from day one and shot a second round 72. He finished the tournament with a score of 148.
James Tisdale shaved 10 strokes off his score from day one. After shooting a first-round 80, Tisdale shot a 70 in today's round to finish the tournament with 150 and in 13th place. Josef Loughlin finished with a total score of 153 and tied for 15th.
Manuel Collado and Lex Deal rounded out the top 20 performers for Bethany College. Collado was tied for 18th and shot a 154 for the Swedes. Deal was one shot behind his teammate with a 155 and was tied for 20th.
Jacob Hebbel finished the tournament with a score of 156 and was tied for 22nd place. Chengetayi Dziva Chikwari shot seven strokes lower than his performance yesterday to finish 24th. His two day total score was 157.
Tanner Thurman rounds out the Bethany lineup with a score of 158 and tied for 25th place. Thomas Felling withdrew from the tournament because of illness.
"I thought all three teams put in very good performances,” Daniels said. “I could see it in their eyes and their demeanor before the round that they were coming to play today and that is exactly what they did.”
The Swedes have a quick turnaround and will travel to Newton for the Bethel Invite today. The invitational is a two day tournament, played out today and Sunday.