Seniors Pace Florida Southern Men's Golf Team on West Coast Trip to Otter Invitational

Christian Anderson (photo courtesy of Christina Ferrante/CSUMB Athletics)
Christian Anderson (photo courtesy of Christina Ferrante/CSUMB Athletics)

SEASIDE, CALIF. – Seniors Christian Anderson and Michael VanDerLaan each shot a one-under-par 71 in round one, while Anderson and junior Chase Ibbotson turned in scores of 73 in the afternoon, to lead No. 6 Florida Southern to an eighth-place tie at the end of day one in the Otter Invitational hosted by Cal State Monterey Bay.

Florida Southern shot an opening-round 293 to sit in eighth halfway through the day after a rough start to the morning. Leading the charge were Anderson and VanDerLaan. Anderson started the round on No. 11, and was two-over after seven holes before getting hot after making the turn. He ended the first round with an eagle on the par-five No. 10, putting him at one-under. VanDerLaan started on 10 with a birdie, bogeyed three of the next four holes to fall to two-over where Anderson also was in the early going but rebounded the same way Anderson did. An eight-hole stretch that started on 18 saw VanDerLaan pick up four more birdies to give Florida Southern another 71 in the round.

There was a similar improvement by the Mocs' third and fourth counters too. Freshman Max Coutsolioutsos was three-over after six holes, but one-under for the next 12. Meanwhile, Ibbotson finished the round one-under for his final nine holes. They had scores of 74 and 77 in the first round, while freshman Johnny Tucker had a non-counting 79.

By the middle of the second round, Florida Southern had moved ahead of host Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay and was applying pressure to Cal-San Diego for fifth. With 12 holes remaining among their five golfers, the Mocs were within one shot of the Tritons. Again, the catalyst was Anderson with his score of even-par 72, but all of the Moccasins were right behind him, one stroke after another. Ibbotson had a 73, VanDerLaan turned in a 74, Tucker carded a 75, and Coutsolioutsos had a 76.

Ibbotson was the team leader in round two with four birdies, while VanDerLaan and Tucker each had three. Anderson, meanwhile, birdied or parred 16 of his 18 holes in the round.

That gave the Moccasins a nearly identical score to what they had in round one with a 294. They settled back into a tie for eighth at the end of the day after CSU Monterey Bay and CSU East Bay recovered to move ahead of them again. The fifth through ninth teams in the standings are now separated by just four shots. CSU Monterey Bay is fifth, Cal-San Diego is sixth, CSU East Bay is seventh, and the Moccasins are tied with Stanislaus State.

Top-ranked Barry holds the lead after two rounds of 286 put the Buccaneers at -4 for the day. The Bucs are one shot ahead of 11th-ranked Chico State and 2nd-ranked Lynn, and two ahead of fourth-place and fourth-ranked West Florida.

Individually, Anderson is tied for 12th at even-par 144, and VanDerLaan is tied for 14th at one-over-par 145. Ibbotson and Coutsolioutsos are tied for 42nd with a 150 (+6), and Tucker is tied for 62nd with a 154 (+10).

Lynn's Carlos Bustos has the lead with a seven-under-par 137 (68-69), putting him three strokes ahead of West Florida's Jacob Huizinga and Cal-San Diego's Justin Woo. Barry's Jorge Garcia and Chico State's Jordan Oliver is tied for fourth at two-under-par 142.

The tournament concludes Tuesday at Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course.