NORMAN, Okla. – With one fall tournament remaining on the schedule, the Florida Southern men's golf team is ranked No. 6 in the latest Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll. The Moccasins fell four spots from their position in late September as part of a top-10 shakeup that saw only top-ranked Barry hold on to its previous ranking, with three new teams moving into the upper echelon of the poll.
The top of the poll is still dominated by the Sunshine State Conference, with Barry, Lynn, and Florida Tech ranked 1-2-3, Saint Leo at No. 5, Florida Southern at No. 6, and Nova Southeastern at No. 9. Barry increased the number of first-place votes it received, from 13 of a possible 19 up to 17 of 19. The other two first-place votes went to Lynn and West Florida. Lynn moved up one spot to second, and Florida Tech and West Florida each moved up three spots to third and fourth respectively. Saint Leo, meanwhile, dropped one spot to fifth.
While Florida Southern and Nova Southeastern each fell four spots to their current positions of sixth and nine, the remaining three teams in the top-10 are new. St. Mary's (TX) climbed from No. 15 to No. 7; Western Washington climbed from No. 14 to No. 8; Young Harris (GA) jumped eight spots from No. 18 to No. 10.
The Moccasins were tied for ninth in their most recent tournament, the Copperhead Championship, which was won by Barry as the only team to break par (-18). Nine of the 16 teams in that tournament are now ranked 17th or higher. The Mocs were paced by freshman Johnny Tucker, who debuted with a three-over-par 216 (73-71-72), while junior Chase Ibbotson bounced back from an opening-round 78 to shoot a 72 and 70 in the second and third rounds. Ibbotson has posted a 71.5 stroke average in the last two tournaments, the best on the team. That's just ahead of Michael VanDerLaan's 71.83 average over that time frame.
Florida Southern wraps up the fall portion of its schedule this coming week with a trip to California for the Otter Invitational hosted by Cal State-Monterey Bay on Monday and Tuesday. It will be the Moccasins' first visit to California since playing in The Prestige, hosted by Stanford, in October of 2008.
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