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President meets more Bethel alumni and friends at Henderson golf classic

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HENDERSON, NEB. – Dr. Perry White, Bethel’s new president, visited with alumni and friends of the college at a noon meal Saturday, Aug. 14, following the 17th annual Summer Thresher Golf Classic at Galaway Creek Golf Course, Henderson, Neb. White began his presidency July 19.

“I don’t know if I’m more impressed with the turnout here today or with the four-part singing of the ‘Doxology’ to bless our food,” said White when greeting the crowd. “I’m delighted to be here to meet so many of you for the first time.” White is a former college choral director whose doctorate is in musical arts.

Nearly 100 people attended the lunchtime event, including the 36 competing golfers plus other alumni, their family members and friends of the college from Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson. Alumni and other church members donated the food for the meal. Financial contributions received from the tournament as well as the barbecue went to the college through its Alumni Association.

A team from Kansas took first place in the 18-hole, four-person scramble tournament. At 15 under par with a score of 53, the winning team consisted of Brett Clow, North Newton, Dale Dick, Halstead, Gregg Dick, North Newton, and Garrett Whorton, Newton.

In second place, with a score of 57, were John Kroeker, Lincoln, Neb., Ken Lamp, Halstead, Lowell Siebert, Henderson, and Taylor Siebert, Lincoln.

Two teams scored 10 under par. As the result of a tie breaker, third place went to Beau Cox, Papillion, Neb., Andy Schmidt, Hesston, John Steingard, Henderson, and John Thimm, Beatrice, Neb., with Kim Penner, Wichita, Rick Penner, Hesston, Phil Schmidt, Henderson, and Gary Steingard, Henderson, taking fourth.

Prizes were also awarded for play on four holes: Schmidt made longest putts on the sixth and ninth holes; Doug Pauls, Newton, had the longest drive on the third hole; and a drive by Mike Goossen, Beatrice, was closest to the pin on the fourth hole.

Two members of a Golf Committee of the Bethel College Alumni Council hosted and participated: Don Kingsley, North Newton, and Rick Krehbiel, Moundridge. The committee plans two tournaments annually. The next will be in Newton on Sept. 18.

Six Bethel College staff members attended the event. Sondra Bandy Koontz, vice president for advancement, joined White at the noon lunch. On the winning golf team, Gregg Dick is Bethel controller and golf coach, Clow works in admissions and on the football coaching staff and Whorton is an admissions counselor. Toby Tyner, Newton, associate director of development, participated in the tournament, and Dave Linscheid, North Newton, is director of alumni relations and served as host of the event.

“The 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 the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas to be ranked in a analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and recently made the first tier in its category in the annual ranking of top colleges and universities by staff of U.S. News & World Report. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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