NORMAN, Okla. – With only one regular season tournament remaining on the schedule, the Florida Southern men's golf team remains No. 4 in the March 29 Bushnell Golfweek Division II coaches poll. There was no change for any of the top six teams in the poll, and the seventh through 11th positions saw only minor changes.
Remaining in the same positions they were in from the March 8 poll, are No. 1 Barry, No. 2 Lynn, No. 3 West Florida, No. 4 Florida Southern, No. 5 Florida Tech, and No. 6 Western Washington. The Buccaneers picked up 16 of the 18 first-place votes and the Knights had the other two. The Bucs now hold a 22-point lead over the Knights (448-426), up slightly from their lead in the previous ranking when it was 14 points. The gap also widened a bit between the Buccaneers and No. 3 Argonauts and now stands at 32 points (448-416), with Florida Southern recording 371. That's a 16-point improvement for the Moccasins even though their position in the poll remains the same.
Completing the top-10 are No. 7 Nova Southeastern, No. 8 Lincoln Memorial (TN), No. 9 St. Mary's (TX), and No. 10 Chico State (CA). Young Harris (GA), which had been No. 8, fell to No. 11 this week while the four teams immediately ahead of them simply shuffled positions.
The Sunshine State Conference has five of the top seven teams in the poll, but also has two others in the top-20. Saint Leo is No. 14 and Rollins is No. 19. The Tars had fallen out of the March 8 poll, but are back in this week after a fourth-place finish at the Bobcat Invitational last week in Georgia.
The Moccasins also performed well in that tournament where they were runner-up to Lynn and defeated top-ranked Barry, along with Rollins, West Florida, Nova Southeastern, Limestone (SC), Columbus State (GA), and Saint Leo, all of them nationally ranked teams. They continue to be led by senior Michael VanDerLaan and freshman Max Coutsolioutsos, who have nearly identical numbers through nine events. VanDerLaan has a 73.42 stroke average, and Coutsolioutsos is at 73.46, a total difference of one stroke across 26 rounds of golf.
Florida Southern concludes the regular season next week at the Argonaut Invitational hosted by West Florida.
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