Mocs Bounce Back on Monday with 285 in Round Two of Southeastern Collegiate

Johnny Tucker (photo courtesy of Christina Ferrante/CSUMB Athletics)
Johnny Tucker (photo courtesy of Christina Ferrante/CSUMB Athletics)

VALDOSTA, GA – One day after their best individual score was a 73, three Moccasins surpassed that on Monday to contribute to a team score of 285, moving 4th-ranked Florida Southern up three spots in the standings with one round remaining at the Southeastern Collegiate.

Florida Southern's two freshmen were the team leaders in round two with Max Coutsolioutsos shooting a four-under-par 68 and Johnny Tucker adding a one-under-par 71. The Mocs also got an even-par 72 from Michael VanDerLaan and a 74 from Christian Anderson, with Chase Ibbotson shooting a 75. That knocked 16 shots off their team score from round one and left the Mocs at +10 for the tournament and in 13th place, six shots within moving ahead of four more teams in Tuesday's final round, and 10 shots within two additional teams.

Coutsolioutsos and Tucker each had five birdies Monday, and Coutsolioutsos had just one bogey. Neither Moccasin ever saw their second-round score move above par. Four of Tucker's birdies came over his final nine holes (the front nine), which is where the Mocs dropped below par with their team score at -3.

Though Coutsolioutsos had the Mocs' best score on both the front and back of the course, VanDerLaan was only one stroke behind him on the back nine, which is where they started round two following an early-morning delay for fog. Three of his four birdies came on 11, 12, and 14, and he made the turn at even par before another even-par score for his final nine holes of the day. Anderson, meanwhile, ended the day by parring nine of his final 10 holes, helping keep Florida Southern just ahead of No. 17 Limestone, Lander, and Georgia Southwestern and still within striking distance of several teams ahead of them.

The field is no longer chasing West Florida, however. Top-ranked Barry supplanted the 3rd-ranked Argonauts at the top by outshooting them 278-281, and turning a two-shot deficit into a one-shot lead. The Buccaneers are at -10, West Florida is at -9, and No. 22 Columbus State and No. 9 Nova Southeastern are tied for third at -6. The Sharks from Nova improved their first-round score by 22 shots Monday, turning in a 274 (-14) to jump nine spots in the standings.

Nova's Juan Jose Guerra continues to lead on the individual side after his second-round 65 put him at -12 for the tournament. Guerra is three strokes ahead of Rollins' Morgan Egloff, and five in front of Valdosta State's Matt Anderson. Three others are tied for fourth at -6, including Barry's Jorge Garcia and Niclas Weiland.

Coutsolioutsos is part of a larger group tied for 11th at -2, and VanDerLaan is tied for 34th at +1. Anderson is tied for 68th at +7, and Ibbotson and Tucker are tied for 75th at +8.

The second round also featured a hole-in-one from Newberry's Adrian Villiger on No. 5.

The Southeastern Collegiate concludes Tuesday at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club with the first tee shot at 8:21 a.m. The Moccasins begin their rounds at 9:15.