HENDERSON, NEB. – Despite unseasonably cool temperatures and rain early in the day, 52 golfers participated in the 15th annual Summer Thresher Golf Classic and Barbecue Saturday, Aug. 9, at Galaway Creek Golf Course in Henderson. The 18-hole, four-person scramble tournament benefits Bethel College.
At 12 under par with a score of 56, the first-place team consisted of Wade Janzen, Henderson, and his uncle Barry Janzen, cousin Drew Janzen and friend Jon Sdao, all of Niwot, Colo.
Taking second place at 11 under par were Scott Nissen, Joe Nissen, Jesse Nissen and Jed Nissen, all of Hampton, Neb. In third, also at 11 under par but as a result of a tie-breaker, were Matt Gerber, Beatrice, Neb., Rodney Ensz and Ryan Gerber, Lincoln, and Ben Schrag, Hesston.
Members of the 13 teams who competed plus additional alumni, their family members and friends of the college from Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson, gathered for a barbecue lunch following the morning tournament. Alumni and other church members donated the food for the meal.
Financial contributions received from the tournament as well as the noon barbecue went to Bethel College through its Alumni Association. Dave Linscheid, director of alumni relations, Allan Bartel, vice president for admissions, Toby Tyner, associate director of development, and Gregg Dick, golf coach and controller, represented the college at the event.
Two Bethel golf team members treated players to courtesy drives on holes 2 and 8. They were incoming freshman Jordan Esau, Hutchinson, and senior Braden Dragomir, Saltspring Island, B.C.
Four members of a Golf Committee of the college’s Alumni Council hosted or participated: Don Kingsley, North Newton, Rick Krehbiel, Moundridge, and Joel Gaeddert and Kent Erb, both of Newton. The committee plans two tournaments annually, the next in Hesston on Sept. 13.
“Threshers” refers to Mennonite wheat farmers who helped found the college in 1887. Today it is the name given the college athletic teams and an identifier for alumni.
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 was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. In sports, Bethel competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.