SALINA—The Bethany golf teams were back in action at the first ever Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Match Play Tournament. The Swede men brought home the championship while the women's team finished in second place.
The tournament was composed of three pools of three teams each. Every team played in two of three rounds to determine seeding for bracket play. The bracket play round was set up as three matches; the championship match, a third place match, and a fifth place match.
On the men's side the Swedes faced off with York College first. Bethany defeated York 5-0. Freshman, Connor Larkin, finished four holes ahead after 15 holes; freshman, Zach Willard, finished six holes ahead on after the 13th; sophomore, Ben Harvey, was four holes head after the 14 holes; freshman, Carson Guthrie, finished three holes ahead after 16 holes; and finally, freshman, Imy Nixon won with a five-hole lead after the 14th.
The Swedes then faced off with Oklahoma Wesleyan in the second round, defeating the Eagles 3-2. Willard won his match by two after 17 holes and Harvey was four holes ahead after the 15th. Larkin fell in the third bag match by four holes after 15 holes. Guthrie defeated his opponent by three holes after the 17th. Finally, Nixon fell by three holes after the 16th hole.
Bethany finished solidly in first place with their eight total team points. There were three teams tied for second place with seven points, Oklahoma Wesleyan won that tiebreaker and would face the Swedes in the Championship match.
The Championship rounds for both teams were cut short due to a weather delay. Both teams played to 12 holes instead of the usual 18 holes. Harvey won his match by two holes after 11. Willard took all 12 holes to finish one hole ahead of his opponent. Larkin had a three-hole advantage after 10 holes. Guthrie finished two down from his opponent and Nixon lost by four holes after nine. The Swedes won the match 3-2.
The women's team faced off with Kansas Wesleyan University first. Bethany won the match up 5-0. Junior, Savannah Pinson won with a seven-hole lead after 13 holes. Sophomore, Brooke Harrison finished her 18 holes two holes ahead of her opponent. Next, senior, Allison Weiderman finished with a four-hole advantage after the 16th. Finally, freshman, Gwen Tapia and junior, Ger'Kayla Tunley both won after the 10th hole. Tapia won by nine holes, Tunley won by 10.
In the final round of pool play, the Swedes took on Sterling College and defeated the Warriors 5-0. Pinson and Harrison both won their match by eight holes after the 12th. Weiderman finished after the 15th, winning her match by four holes. Tapia wrapped up things after 14 holes with a five-hole advantage. Finally, Tunley finished things up after 12 holes, up by seven holes.
The Swedes perfect finish was good enough for a first place finish in pool play, with 10 points. They also face Oklahoma Wesleyan in the championship match who finished with nine points.
Through 12 holes, Pinson, Harrison, and Tapia all fell just short losing by three, two, and one hole(s), respectively. Weiderman and Tunley each defeated their opponent after 11 holes. Weiderman won by three holes while Tunley won by two holes.
"I was pleased with how both teams performed throughout the tournament. It was good to see," Swedes head coach, Oliver Rubenstein said. "They battled hard and come away from this event a better team than they were at the beginning of the week."
Up Next . . .
The Swedes are back in action at the Tabor College Fall Invitational beginning on Monday, Oct. 14. This event is set to take place at Sandcreek Station Golf Course in Newton.