All Four Counters within One Shot of Each Other as Florida Southern Now Fourth at SSC Men’s Golf Championships

Johnny Tucker
Johnny Tucker

SAINT LEO, FL – For the second day in a row, 4th-ranked Florida Southern had a team score of 295, and for the second day in a row the Moccasins' team leader was Chase Ibbotson. A one-over-par 73 has Ibbotson now tied for third individually, while freshmen Max Coutsolioutsos and Johnny Tucker, and senior Michael VanDerLaan all shot a 74, moving the Moccasins up one spot to fourth place in the team standings behind No. 1 Barry, No. 2 Lynn, and No. 7 Nova Southeastern.

Ibbotson had a 70 in Sunday's first round but started round two Monday morning with bogeys on his first two holes. He had just one more the rest of the day, and after making the turn at +3, Ibbotson birdied two holes on the back nine to get his score back down to +1. He made par or birdied 15 of his 18 holes for the second day in a row, putting him in position for the first tournament top-five finish of his career, and his first postseason top-10. Ibbotson will go into the final round at one-under-par 143, four shots off the pace being set by Niclas Weiland and two behind second-place Daniel Faccini, both of Barry. He is part of a five-way tie for third with three other golfers tied for eighth at even par that includes defending champion Juan Jose Guerra of Nova Southeastern.

With his second straight 74, Coutsolioutsos ended the day alone in 22nd place. That 74 came with a team-high five birdies, and he was two-under with three holes remaining before a bogey on the par-4 No. 16, and a triple-bogey on the par-3 No. 17. He is still tied for sixth along with Ibbotson with eight birdies in the tournament.

VanDerLaan's 74 gives him a total score of 150 (+6) and a tie for 25th place. He had three birdies Monday but stumbled a bit on the final two holes where bogeys on each left him at +2 for the day, two shots behind Coutsolioutsos, but still up four spots from his position on Sunday.

Florida Southern's third 74 came from Tucker, who trimmed four strokes off his opening-round score and moved up six spots in the individual standings. Tucker also had three birdies Monday, and one of those on 18 allowed him to play the final seven holes of the day at even par. Tucker is now tied for 32nd.

Christian Anderson had the Moccasins' fifth score with a 76 after shooting a counting 75 on Sunday. He was second on the team with four birdies in the round, including three on the back nine. Anderson is now tied for 29th.

In the team standings, Nova Southeastern began the day with a two-shot lead over Barry, but the Sharks went from -6 to +8 after a second-round 302. That was the second highest score of the day, five shots ahead of Embry-Riddle. That allowed Barry and Lynn to easily move ahead of the Sharks, with the Buccaneers now in the lead at -9, and the Knights in second place at -2.

Florida Southern's fourth-place score of +14 has the Moccasins three shots ahead of No. 14 Saint Leo, and seven ahead of No. 19 Rollins.

Barry had all five golfers at even par or better, led by Weiland's four-under-par 68 that has given him the individual lead. The Buccaneers' 283 was still not the best score of the day though, as Lynn had a 280 with Jorge Villar shooting a second-round best 67, two other golfers at 70 and 71, and the Knights' fourth counter at 72.

The final round of the SSC Championships is Tuesday at Lake Jovita's North Course at 10:30 a.m. with all groups going off hole one. The Moccasins begin play at 12:10, and the final five groups start their rounds at 1:00.