PENSACOLA, FL – Behind scores of 73 from Max Coutsolioutsos and Michael VanDerLaan, 4th-ranked Florida Southern climbed four spots in the final day of the Argonaut Invitational to finish in a tie for ninth place in the Moccasins' final tournament of the regular season.
Coutsolioutsos and VanDerLaan got Florida Southern off to a god start Tuesday morning at Pensacola Country Club with a pair of eagles and they came on the same hole, the par-5 No. 14. For Coutsolioutsos, it was his second hole of the day after he had parred No. 13, and for VanDerLaan, it was his first. Coutsolioutsos then went through No. 18 at three-under following a birdie on 16, but a triple-bogey on No. 1 pushed him back to even-par. The freshman picked up two more birdies later in the day to finish one-over in the round and +7 (223) in the tournament. He was the Moccasins' top golfer in a tie for 33rd.
VanDerLaan's 73 also included three birdies after the opening-hole eagle. Like Coutsolioutsos, one of those came on 16 and sent him to the front nine at -2. Another birdie on No. 3 put him three-under, but a triple-bogey followed on No. 4. He still nearly made par before a bogey on the final hole of the day put him one-over. VanDerLaan tied for 52nd overall at +11 (227).
The Moccasins' other two counting scores on Tuesday came from Chase Ibbotson and Johnny Tucker, who had a 75 and 76 respectively. Christian Anderson, who had been tied for 10th at -1 when the day began, shot a final-round 83, though he still had the Moccasins' second lowest score of the tournament overall with a +10 (226) that had him tied for 45th.
Ibbotson and Tucker ended up tied for 57th, one shot behind VanDerLaan in the player standings, with 228s. Ibbotson matched VanDerLaan and Coutsolioutsos with three birdies in the final round and with two holes remaining was at even-par for the day. Tucker, meanwhile, had the best finish for any Moccasin with birdies on two of his final four holes, and he played the last seven at two-under.
West Florida held on to its lead and won its own tournament by 14 shots over Limestone and Montevallo. The Argonauts were -8 as a team and led by individual champion Christian Bosso, who shot a 69 Tuesday to close things out at -10 for the tournament. Bosso posted a two-shot win over Brett Krekorian from Limestone, and no one else was closer than seven strokes. Only five golfers broke par in the tournament, and Bosso and Krekorian were the only two who did that in all three rounds. Krekorian's 68 on Tuesday was only tied for the best individual score for his own team, as Zach Bishop also had a 68, helping the Saints shoot a seven-under-par 281 as a team. That vaulted them five spots in the standings where they tied Montevallo at +6. Limestone had been in 14th place after the first round.
Behind West Florida, Limestone, and Montevallo were Missouri-St. Louis at +12, and St. Mary's (TX) at +14. The rest of the 17-team field were at +22 or higher, with Florida Southern and Delta State tied for ninth at +29.
Florida Southern's next tournament will be the Sunshine State Conference Championships, April 14-16 at Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club in Saint Leo.