LAWRENCE — The Bethel College men’s golf team set a team record for the Eagle Bend Golf Course in an eighth-place finish Monday and Tuesday at the Ottawa Invitational.
Park University won the meet at 573, followed by Sterling at 608, Ottawa at 611, Northwestern (Iowa) at 612, Kansas Wesleyan at 614, Missouri Valley at 618, Kansas City (Kan.) Community College at 629 and Bethel at 648.
Wes Butenbach of Park was top medalist at 139, followed by teammate Yannick Koehnen at 142.
Bethel was led by Parker Austin at 149. His second-round score of 72 set an individual course record for the Threshers.
Connor Mickens tied for 44th at 165, followed by Sam Bertholf tied for 46th at 166. Chase Sparks and Chase Anderson each tied for 55th at 171.
Bethel was in 11th after the first round at 334, but moved up three spots on the second day at 314. Four of Bethel’s five players improved their scores Tuesday.
"Parker played real well today and almost worked his way into the top five,” Bethel coach Gregg Dick said. "I'm very proud of the way the team rebounded from a disappointing first round score."
Bethel competes at the first KCAC meet of the season Monday and Tuesday at the Crestview Country Club in Wichita. Scores from that meet carry over into the KCAC Championships at the end of the season.
Monday and Tuesday
Eagle Bend GC,
Par 72, 7,025 yards
Team scores — Park 291-282—573, Sterling 310-298—608, Ottawa 310-301—611, Northwestern (Iowa) 304-308—612, Kansas Wesleyan 306-308—614, Missouri Valley 311-307—618, Kansas City (Kan.) CC 308-321—629, Bethel 334-314—648, Ottawa B 319-331—650, Kansas Wesleyan B 332-328—660, York 331-339—670, Southwestern 334-354—688, Haskell Indian Nations 391-407—798.
Top 10 — 1. Wes Butenbach, Park 72-67—139; 2. Yannick Koehnen, Park 74-68—142; 3. Nate Ryan, Park 71-73—144; 4. Grant Numrich, Missouri Valley 70-75—145; 5. (tie) Michael Kinkelaar, Ottawa 74-74—148, Ryan Tattan, Park 74-74—148, 7. Paker Austin, Bethel 77-72—149, 8. (tie) Evan Schuler, Northwestern 75-75—150, Marshall Martin, Sterling 77-73—150, Micah Morris, Kansas City CC 73-77—150.
Other Bethel scores — T44. Connor Mickens 84-81—165, T46. Sam Bertholf 88-78—166, T55. Chase Sparks 85-86—171, T55. Chase Anderson 88-83—171.