VALDOSTA, Ga. - Sixth-ranked Florida Southern carded a final round 287 here Tuesday afternoon to move to the top of the leaderboard and take home the team title at the 2016 First Federal Southeastern Collegiate hosted by Valdosta State University and held at Kinderlou Forst Golf Club.
It was the Moccasins first team title in a regular season tournament since taking home first place honors at the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational on Oct. 1-2, 2012 and it was Florida Southern first team championship overall since taking home first place honors in stroke play at the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championships in Hershey, Pa.
For the tournament, the Moccasins, who had all four of its counters finish in the Top 15, finished the 54-hole event with a 2-under 862 as a team and finished three shots in front of second place Nova Southeastern as the third-ranked Sharks shot a 1-over 865 as a team after carding a final round 277 (-11). FSC carded rounds of 296, 289 and 287.
In addition to FSC and NSU, fifth-ranked Lynn was third as the Fighting Knights carded a 3-over 867 as a team as they shot a 1-under 287 in Tuesday's final round, while fourth-ranked West Florida was fourth as they shot a 4-over 868 as a team. In Tuesday's final round, the Argonauts fired a 7-over 295.
The Mocs were the only teams to shoot under par as a team at the three-day, 54-hole event at Kinderlou Forest. The tournament featured 11 nationally ranked teams, including six teams in the Top 6.
Leading the way for the Mocs was sophomore All-American John Coultas (Valrico, Fla.), who took home medalist honors as the event after firing a final round 72 to push his 54 hole total to a 3-under 213 as Coultas won in a one-hole playoff over Lynn's Mateo Gomez, who also shot a 3-under 213 after carding a final round 71. In the playoff, Coultas birdied No. 18, while Gomez had a par to help Coultas seal the win and earn his second tournament win of the season as he also took home medalist honors at the Guy Harvey Invitational during the fall season.
In Tuesday's final round, Coultas recorded one birdie, one bogey and had 16 pars on his scorecard and recorded a par on the first 10 holes.
Along with Coultas and Gomez, second round leader, West Florida's Talin Rajendranath shot a final round 77 to fall to third place for the tournament with a 54 hole total of 214 (-2). Five other golfers tied for fourth with 1-under par 215's for 54 holes.
The best individual round of the day belonged to Nova Southeastern's Juan Jose Guerra, who carded a 6-under par 66 to help Guerra climb 42 spots up the leaderboard to finish tied for ninth with an even-par 216 for 54 holes.
For the tournament, 12 golfers shot par or better on the 7,313-yard Kinderlou Forest course.
The next counter for the Mocs was freshman Christian Anderson (Ocala, Fla.), who shot a final round 72 to finish the tournament in a tie for ninth after carding an even-par 216 for 54 holes. On his scorecard in Tuesday's final round, Anderson had four birdies, four bogeys and 10 pars.
Sophomores Jimmy Jones (Tampa, Fla.) and John VanDerLaan (Southbury, Conn.) each tied for 14th place after firing 2-over par 218's for 54 holes. In Tuesday's final round, Jones fired a 3-under 69, while VanDerLaan shot a final round 74 on Tuesday.
Jones had five birdies, two bogeys and 11 pars on his final round scorecard, while VanDerLaan had two birdies, four bogeys and 12 pars on his final round scorecard.
The final competitor for for the Mocs was junior Levin Hoffmann (Sarstedt, Germany) as he carded a final round 82 to finish in a tie for 75th place after shooting a 231 for 54 holes. One day after shooting an even-par 72, Hoffmann struggled from the outset as he shot a 6-over 42 on the front nine and then fired a 4-over 40 on the back nine.
FSC will continue its spring campaign next week as they travel to Eatonton, Ga., to compete at the Bobcat Classic hosed by Georgia College and held at Golf Club at Cuscowilla. The tournament will run from March 21-22.