KEY BISCAYNE - After 36 holes and two rounds of action here Monday at the 2016 Sunshine State Conference Men's Golf Championships, Florida Southern remained in third place out of nine teams heading into Tuesday's final round of action at Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne.
The fourth-ranked Moccasins, who shot a 306 in Sunday's opening round to sit tied for third place, took over third place themselves after shooting a 12-over 300 in Monday's second round to push their 36 hole total to 606 (+30). The Mocs are 15 shots behind second round leader and sixth-ranked Lynn, who shot a 293 on Monday to push its 36 hole total to 591 (+15) and are just four shots behind second place and third-ranked Saint Leo, who shot a 304 on Monday to push its 36 hole total to 602 (+26).
FSC's 300 was the third lowest round of the day on Monday as Lynn, who is the defending SSC Champion and Florida Tech carded better second round scores than the Mocs. Lynn shot a 293 and Florida Tech carded a 299 and has now shot a 607 (+31) for 36 holes and is in fourth place.
Fifth-ranked Nova Southeastern shot a 308 on Monday and has shot a 614 (+38) through 36 holes and is in fifth place, while seventh-ranked Barry followed up a 308 on Sunday with a 311 on Monday and has shot a 619 (+43) through 36 holes and is in sixth place.
Leading the way for the Mocs after two rounds of play is sophomore All-American John Coultas (Valrico, Fla.). Coultas, who was the first round leader after carding a 3-under 69 on Sunday, shot a three-over 75 in the second round to push his 36 hole total to an even-par 144. Coultas is now tied for the individual lead with Lynn's Martin Cancino, who fired a 74 in Monday's second round to push its 36 hole total to an even-par 144.
In his round on Monday, Coultas had two birdies, five bogeys and 11 pars on his scorecard and played the opening nine holes (10-18) in even par, before shooting a 3-over 38 on the final nine holes (1-9). Coultas has recorded the second most pars in the tournament with 22 and is also second in par 4 scoring as he has averaged 4.06 (+1) on those holes.
Through 36 holes on the 7,105-yard Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne course, none of the golfers have shot under par and only two, Coultas and Cancino have shot even par. In addition, none of the nine teams have yet to shoot under par as a team in a round through the first two days of the three-day championships.
In addition to Coultas, sophomore All-American John VanDerLaan (Southbury, Conn.), who is the reigning SSC individual medalist, followed up his 77 in Sunday's first round with a 2-over 74 on Monday to push his 36 hole total to 151 (+7). VanDerLaan is seven shots behind the co-leaders and is sitting in a tie for nine place heading into Tuesday's final round. In Monday's second round, VanDerLaan had five birdies, seven bogeys and six pars on his scorecard.
The third counter for the Mocs through two rounds is sophomore All-American Jimmy Jones (Tampa, Fla.), who shot a 78 in Monday's second round to push his 36 hole total to 157 (+13) and move into a tie for 21st place. Jones, who shot a 79 in Sunday's first round, rebounded after opening Monday's round with a 10 of the par-5 No. 10 hole. After shooting a 5-over 10 on the first hole of his round, Jones played the remaining 17 holes at 1-over par and that included a triple-bogey on the par-4 7th hole. Jones recorded five birdies, three bogeys and eight pars on his second round scorecard.
FSC's final counter on Monday was freshman Christian Anderson (Ocala, Fla.) as he rebounded after shooting an 86 in the first round to card a 1-over 73 on Monday and push his 36 hole total to 159 (+15). Anderson is tied for 26th place heading into Tuesday's final round of action. On his scorecard on Monday, Anderson recorded three birdies, two bogeys, a double bogey and 12 pars.
The final competitor for the Mocs on Monday was junior Levin Hoffmann (Sarstedt, Germany) as he shot a 78 in the second round after carding an 81 in Sunday's first round. Hoffmann pushed his 36 hole total to 159 (+15) and is tied for 26th heading into Tuesday's final round. Hoffmann recorded four birdies, six bogeys, two double bogeys and six pars on his second round scorecard.
Four of the Mocs five golfers improved their scores in Monday's second round from Sunday's first round as those four players improved their scores by a total of 20 shots, including Anderson improving by 13 shots (86 to 73).
The Mocs will conclude play in the SSC Championships on Tuesday, April 19 as they will play in the final tee grouping. FSC will be paired with Lynn and Saint Leo in the final round and those three teams will tee off from hole No. 1 in threesomes beginning at 10 a.m., with the final tee grouping of Coultas, Cancino and Saint Leo's Ryan Gendron teeing off at 10:36 a.m. It will be the second time at this tournament that the Mocs will be paired with Lynn and Saint Leo as those three teams were grouped together in Sunday's opening round.
Second Round Tournament Notes
* - Monday's average score of 78.73 at Crandon Golf was just over a stroke better than Sunday's average score of 79.98. The last time SSC teams posted a cumulative average over 78 in back-to-back SSC championship rounds was 2006 at Lake Jovita (Rounds 2 - 78.56 & 3 - 78.07).
* - Calmer winds and warmer temperatures made scoring more favorable on Monday. Golfers found the par-5 No. 10 and par-4 No. 11 the most challenging on Monday. Both holes played 0.80 shots over average and yielded nine scores worse than bogey. Hole No. 10 ranks as the most difficult of the tournament thus far. Players are averaging a 5.77 on the 556 yarder.
* - Despite No. 10, the Par-5's have been crucial to good scoring in the 2016 tournament. No. 14 rates as the easiest hole on the golf course. No eagles were scored, but the field made 21 birdies on Monday. No. 18 & No. 1 continue to produce eagles, there were three today between the two holes.
* - John Coultas is seeking to become the second consecutive Moccasin to win the SSC individual title as John VanDerLaan finished first last season. If Coultas wins individual medalist honors, it will mark the first time since Nova Southeastern teammates Ben Taylor and Ricardo Celia won SSC titles in 2012 and 2013.