VALDOSTA, GA – Led by Chase Ibbotson's final-round 73, Florida Southern closed out the Southeastern Collegiate at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club by moving up one more spot in the standings, and tying No. 17 Limestone for 12th.
The 4th-ranked Moccasins shot a 300 Tuesday, and along with Limestone was able to jump ahead of Flagler in the final round. The Mocs got a 73 from Ibbotson, a 74 from Christian Anderson, a 76 from Johnny Tucker, and a 77 from Michael VanDerLaan. Max Coutsolioutsos, who was their top golfer in the tournament, had a non-counting 78.
Nearly every one of the 18 teams saw their scores increase Tuesday too, with only Georgia College able to improve. The Bobcats had a 295 on Monday and a 293 on Tuesday. And after 12 teams broke par in the second round, including Florida Southern, only four did so in round three. All four of those teams were in the top four spots in the standings too, led by No. 1 ranked Barry, which had a 282 to finishing the tournament at -16. The Buccaneers defeated No. 9 Nova Southeastern by nine shots and No. 2 Lynn by 10. Fifth-ranked Florida Tech was the only other team under par at -3, finishing 13 shots off the pace.
Third-ranked West Florida, which had been within one shot of the lead when the day began, plummeted to seventh after turning in a 299. The Argonauts were outshot by 12 other schools on Tuesday after having to count an 80.
The Moccasins were a better team after making the turn, playing the front nine at +7 after a +12 on the back where they started the final round. Anderson, however, was two-under on the back where he had all three of his birdies. After the turn, it was Ibbotson, VanDerLaan and Tucker who had the Mocs' best scores, all at +1, and Tucker played the final 10 at even-par following his birdie on 18. Ibbotson though was the steadiest of the Moccasins Tuesday with pars or birdies on 15 of his 18 holes.
Nova Southeastern's Juan Jose Guerra completed a wire-to-wire run at the top of the individual leaderboard after shooting a five-under-par 67 in the final round. He finished at -17 in the tournament for an eight-stroke margin over Morgan Egloff of Rollins. Florida Tech's Max O'Hagan and Saint Leo's Alberto Castagnara tied for third at -8 and were nine shots off the pace. Seven of the top eight golfers were from the Sunshine State Conference, and 10 of the top 14.
Coutsolioutsos tied for 37th for Florida Southern in a field of 93 golfers with a 220 (+4), VanDerLaan tied for 42nd with a 222 (+6), Ibbotson and Anderson tied for 59th with a 225 (+9), and Tucker tied for 73rd with a 228 (+12).
Florida Southern returns to Georgia again next week to play in the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Georgia College at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee.