The Swedes men’s golf team finished up their Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) campaign with a team championship. Bethany won the second leg of the championships in Garden City, Kan. with team rounds of 287, 290, and 314 for a total of 891. This added to their previous score in Wichita, Kan. which totaled 1,518 to finish 12 strokes ahead of the next closest team.
“I am really proud of our men and the way we competed in the postseason this year,” said Swedes head coach Dalton Stevens. “We are a very deep team and everyone can really play anywhere in the lineup and perform to what we need out of them. For the second year in a row we were the only team that qualified all seven players from the first conference tournament to the second. We will compete at the NAIA Men’s National Championship at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois in two weeks and will look to send our senior class out the right way.”
Senior, Scott Farrall earned overall medalist honors with his total of 370. Freshman Swede, Birgir Magnusson won the second tournament of the championships with rounds of 71, 72, and 73 total and an even score of 216. Freshman, Jose Maria Cunha came next for the Swedes with a T6 finish with his rounds of 71, 73, or 79. This score gave him an eighth place finish overall. Finishing in the top ten was senior, Nathan Limbacher with rounds of 72, 70, and 83. Juniors, Simon Bourrel and Jordan Della Guistina finished T12 and T14, respectively. Bourrel shot rounds of 67, 82, and 79 while Della Guistina finished with rounds of 78, 73, and 82. Bourel finished out in the top ten overall with his score of 387.
“Birgir Magnusson really stood out for us at Garden City. His solid play of 71-72-73 helped him garner the Individual KCAC #2 Medalist honors,” said Coach Stevens. “As a freshmen to be able to conquer Buffalo Dunes shows how far he has come since the fall semester and the future is very bright for him here at Bethany! Big thank you to our senior class of Josh Meeks, Scott Farrall, Nathan Limbacher, and Juan Pablo Sin. Their efforts in the classroom and on the golf course have been on great display over the course of their four years here at Bethany College. Also, a big thanks to Dane Pavlovich and President Jones for believing in me and the vision that we share for our men’s and women’s golf program. Without their leadership we wouldn’t be in the position that we are in.”
“Dalton and the men’s golf team have had an incredible season, and I am excited they get to showcase their talents on the national level,” said Dean of Athletics Dane Pavlovich. “The team represents the best in Bethany athletics – good academic performance, service to the community, and competitive success.”
Swedes head coach, Dalton Stevens was voted Coach of the Year by KCAC coaches. In addition, Magnusson, Farrall, and Bourrel all earned all-KCAC nods.