DADE CITY - Florida Southern completed the first two rounds of play here Monday by firing a 17-under par 559 as a team to stand sixth after the first two rounds of the Saint Leo Invitational held at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club.
The Moccasins, who are ranked eighth in the latest Bushnell/Golfweek Division II Coaches' Poll, shot a six-under 282 to sit in a tie for sixth after Monday's opening round of the tournament, which features nine nationally-ranked teams. In the second round, the Mocs shot an 11-under par 277 in the second round to climb one spot up the leaderboard.
Fifth-ranked Lynn sits atop the leaderboard after shooting a 31-under par 545 for 36 holes to hold a three-shot lead over third-ranked Barry, who carded a 28-under 548 for 36 holes. After shooting an 8-under 280 in the first round, the Fighting Knights carded a 23-under 265 in the second round, while Barry followed up its 15-under 273 in the first round with a 13-under 275 in the second round.
North Alabama sits in third place as the 16th-ranked Lions shot a 22-under 554 for 36 holes. UNA fired rounds of 284 and 270. Fourth-ranked USC Aiken stands fourth with a 19-under 557 for 36 holes as the Pacers shot rounds of 279 and 278 and the host school, Saint Leo, fired an 18-under 558 for 36 holes to sit in fifth place. The Lions shot rounds of 283 and 275 on Monday.
Leading the way for the Mocs on Monday were sophomores John Coultas (Valrico, Fla.) and Jimmy Jones (Tampa, Fla.). Coultas and Jones each shot scores of 7-under par 137's to sit in a tie for eighth place as Coultas fired rounds of 72 and 65 and Jones shot rounds of 69 and 68 respectively.
Coultas finished the first day of action with 11 birdies, four bogeys and 21 pars on his scorecard, while Jones recorded nine birdies, one eagle, four bogeys and 22 pars on his scorecard.
Lynn's Mateo Gomez holds the clubhouse lead after Monday's first day of action after shooting a 16-under par 128 for 36 holes to sit three shots in front of North Alabama's Michael Peter, who carded a 13-under par 131 for 36 holes. Gomez opened the tournament with a 7-under 65 and then carded a 9-under 63 in the second round, while Peter fired rounds of 67 (-5) and 64 (-8) respectively on Monday.
Gomez and Coultas led the way in par 3 scoring on Monday as they averaged a 2.50 (4-under) on the par 3 holes at Lake Jovita, while Jones was tied for second in par 5 scoring as he played the par 5 holes in and average of 4.25 (6-under).
After 36 holes of golf, 11 teams have shot under par, while 45 players have shot even-par or better for the event on the 7,137-yard south course at Lake Jovita.
The third counter for the Mocs was sophomore John VanDerLaan (Southbury, Conn.) as he fired a 3-under 141 for 36 holes to sit in a tie for 24th place. VanDerLaan opened the tournament by shooting a 3-under 69 and then carded an even-par 72 in the second round. On his scorecard on Monday, VanDerLaan had seven birdies, an eagle, three bogeys, a triple bogey on the par-5 No. 9 hole in the second round and also recorded 24 pars.
FSC's final counter on Monday was freshman Christian Anderson (Ocala, Fla.) as he shot an even-par 144 for 36 holes to sit in a tie for 40th place. Anderson carded back-to-back rounds of 72 on Monday. On his scorecard on Monday, Anderson recorded six birdies, six bogeys and 24 pars.
The final competitor for the Mocs on Monday was junior Levin Hoffmann (Sarstedt, Germany). Hoffmann finished the first day of the event by scoring a 3-over 147 for 36 holes to sit in a tie for 57th place. Hoffmann opened the tournament by shooting a 2-over 74 and then carded a 1-over 73 in the second round. Hoffmann recorded seven birdies, six bogeys, two double bogeys and 21 pars.
FSC's fivesome will tee off in a shotgun start beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday at Lake Jovita. The Mocs will be paired with USC Aiken and Saint Leo in the final round and the players will tee off from holes 4, 5 and 6.