VALDOSTA, Ga. - Florida Southern opened up play here Sunday by shooting a two-under par 286 as a team to sit in first place after the opening round of the 2016 First Federal Southeastern Collegiate hosted by Valdosta State University and held at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
The sixth-ranked Moccasins are one shot in front of 16th-ranked North Alabama, who carded a 1-under 287 and two shots in front of top-ranked Saint Leo, who shot an even-par 288.
Florida Southern is one 11 teams ranked nationally in the most recent Bushnell/Golfweek Division II Coaches' Poll competing in this year's Southeastern Collegiate.
After one round of play at Kinderlou Forest, 12 of the 18 teams in the tournament are within 10 shots of the Moccasins, who had two of its golfer's record scores of par or better on the rain-soaked 7,313-yard course.
Leading the way for the Mocs is sophomore John Coultas (Valrico, Fla.), who carded a 4-under 68 on Sunday to sit atop the leaderboard. Coultas is one shot in front of North Alabama's Michael Peter (3-under 69) and two shots in front six other players that carded 2-under 70's in the opening round.
Coultas was one of 14 players in the opening round to shoot under par.
In the first round, Coultas had six birdies, two bogeys and 11 pars on his scorecard and played the back-nine at 3-under par 33.
In addition to Coultas, freshman Christian Anderson (Ocala, Fla.) was the No. 2 counter for the Mocs on Sunday as he carded a 1-under par 71 to sit in a tie for ninth place. Anderson had three birdies, two bogeys and 13 pars on his scorecard. Anderson played the front in at even-par 36 and then shot a 1-under 35 on the back nine on Sunday.
The third counter for the Mocs was sophomore John VanDerLaan (Southbury, Conn.) as he carded a 1-over 73 in the opening round to sit in a tie for 25th place. VanDerLaan had three bogeys, two birdies and 13 pars on his first round scorecard.
FSC's fourth and final counter was sophomore Jimmy Jones (Tampa, Fla.) as he carded a 2-over 74 for 18 holes to sit in a tie for 36th place. Jones had three bogeys, a birdie and 14 pars on his opening round scorecard.
The Mocs other competitor on Sunday was junior Levin Hoffmann (Sarstedt, Germany) as he carded an opening round 5-over 77 to sit in a tie for 65th place. Hoffmann had six bogeys, one birdie and 11 pars on his first round scorecard.
The Mocs will continue play in the Southeastern Collegiate on Monday, March 14 as they off beginning 10 a.m. from the No. 1 tee. The Mocs five golfers will play in threesomes in the second round with North Alabama and Saint Leo. The golfers will play 18 holes in Monday's second round.
This year's Southeastern Collegiate will conclude on Tuesday, March 15 with another 18 holes.