COLUMBUS, Ga. - After two completed rounds of play here Monday at the season opening AFLAC/Cougar Invitational hosted by Columbus State University, Florida Southern shot an even-par 568 as a team to stand third out of 16 teams through 36 holes at the Country Club of Columbus.
The Moccasins, who are tied for fifth in the Preseason Bushnell/Golfweek Division II Coaches' Poll, opened by firing a 2-over par 286 as a team to sit in fifth place. The Mocs enter Tuesday's final round just five shots behind tournament leader Lee (Tenn.) University, who shot a 5-under par 563 through the first two rounds. Columbus State, who is ranked 13th in the Preseason Bushnell/Golfweek Coaches' Poll, fired a 2-under 566 for 36 holes to sit three shots off the lead on its home course.
This year's AFLAC/Cougar Invitational features nine teams ranked in the Preseason Bushnell/Golfweek Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll and two other teams that received votes in the preseason poll.
The Mocs line-up in its 2015 season opening tournament featured three sophomores, one junior and one freshman. Those three sophomores were all named PING All-Americans last season as freshmen.
Leading the way for the Mocs after 36 holes is sophomore John Coultas (Valrico, Fla.) as he carded a 3-under par 139 for 36 holes to sit in a four-way tie for third place. In the opening round, Coultas, who is the tournament's defending individual medalist and was named the Phil Mickelson Division II National Freshman of the Year a season ago, fired a 2-under 69 before carding a 1-under par 70 in the second round. On his scorecard on Monday, Coultas had a total of seven birdies and four bogeys in the first two rounds of action.
Point University's Francisco Oliveira leads all players as he carded a 5-under par 137 to sit atop the leaderboard. Oliveira fired rounds of 70 and 67. Lee's Taylor Davis stands second overall as he fired a 4-under 138 for 36 holes. Davis shot back-to-back rounds of 69.
Through 36 holes, 14 players have shot par or better on the 6,515-yard Country Club of Columbus course. While 14 players have shot par or better, only three teams have shot par or better through the first two rounds.
Along with Coultas, sophomore John VanDerLaan (Southbury, Conn.) shot an even-par 142 for 36 holes to sit in a tie for 12th place. VanDerLaan shot back-to-back rounds of 71. On the day, he recorded seven birdies, three bogeys and triple bogey 7 on the par 4 No. 9 hole in the second round.
The Mocs third counter on Monday was another sophomore as Jimmy Jones (Tampa, Fla.) fired a 1-over par 143 for 36 holes to sit in a tie for 15th place. Jones opened with a 2-over 73 in the first round, but rebounded to shoot a 1-under 70 in the second round. Through 36 holes, Jones, who won this year's Florida State Amateur Championship, has recorded four birdies and five bogeys on his scorecard.
FSC's final counter on Monday was junior Levin Hoffmann (Sarstedt, Germany), who carded a 5-over 147 to sit in a tie for 35th place. Hoffmann opened the day by shooting a 5-over 76 in the first round, before carding an even-par 71 in the second round. He recorded six birdies, one eagle, nine bogeys and two double bogeys on his scorecard.
The final competitor for the Mocs on Monday was freshman Christian Anderson (Ocala, Fla.), who fired a 9-over par 151 in his first rounds as a collegiate golfer. Anderson currently sits tied for 61st after 36 holes. Anderson opened play on Monday with a 2-over 73 in the first round, before carding a 78 in the second round.
FSC's fivesome will tee off on Tuesday beginning at 9:40 a.m. from the first hole at the Country Club of Columbus. The Mocs will play the final round with Columbus State and Lee University, the two teams that are ahead of FSC on the leaderboard.