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Thresher golfers take third at regionals

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s golf team has completed its most successful season ever, finishing third in regular-season play for the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and third in both the KCAC and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Region IV championships.

The Threshers qualified for Region IV play for the first time in school history after taking third place at the KCAC tournament, held April 23-24 at Stagg Hill Golf Course in Manhattan. Cole Esau, senior from Hesston, took sixth in overall conference standings and was named All-KCAC.

After leading the Threshers to their highest-ever finish in the KCAC in his fourth season as coach, Gregg Dick was named KCAC co-coach of the year for 2006-07. He shared the honor with Southwestern College’s Brad Sexson. Southwestern took both the regular-season and conference tournament titles.

The NAIA Region IV tournament took place April 30-May 1 at the Sunflower Hills Golf Club in Bonner Springs. At the tournament, Dick was named NAIA Region IV Coach of the Year.

Southwestern won the team title, followed by Bethany College and Bethel. The Threshers overcame a six-stroke deficit going into the final round May 1.

Esau led Bethel with a 77-75-76, 228, placing seventh. Nick Alexander, senior from Meade, tied for 12th at 78-78-78, 234. Nathan Schmidt, junior from Tribune, and Chris Alexander, senior from Meade, tied for 19th at 242. Tyler Stutzman, senior from Hutchinson, was 29th at 271.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. In sports, Bethel is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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