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Lindsborg News Record
At the NAIA Men's Golf Championships held May 22-25 at Creekside Golf Course in Salem, Ore., the Bethany College golf team finished 16th overall with a team score of 1230. Oklahoma City University won the tournament with a team score of 1176.
After three rounds of golf, the top 17 teams continued on to compete in a final round. Bethany made that cut. The Swedes shot a team score of 313 in round one, 306 in round two, 309 in round three and 302 in round four.
Individually, the Swedes top finisher was Jack Hiscock who finished tied for 44th with a total score of 303. Teammate Jose Lelo de Larrea finished tied for 70th; Ben Johnson finished tied for 72nd; Thatcher Keast finished tied for 88th and Matt O'Neill finished 91st.
Bethany Head Coach Jon Daniels said the national tournament was a good experience for his team; and experience they will always remember.
"I am proud of each and every one of them and they gave their best effort all four days in torrential downpours," Daniels said. He added that his team continued to play, not complaining about the weather once.
Bethany's James Tisdale was slated to play in the tournament, however was unable to play due to an injury just before the tournament began. Tisdale went on to be awarded by the NAIA with the Class Act Champion of Character Award. It was the first time the award was given to a non-participant.
Daniels said since the national tournament will be held at the same course for the next one to two years, the experience will serve them well in coming years.
Hiscock de Larrea Johnson Keast