DURHAM, N.C. – With three golfers shooting 72 or better on Sunday, Florida Southern had a final-round 287 to close out the Rod Myers Invitational hosted by Duke University in a tie for 11th place.
Before the final round could begin, the final group of players from Wake Forest and Duke had to complete the 18th hole of round two following Saturday night's suspension of play. Once they did so, the Demon Deacons could officially take a 12-shot lead over Liberty into round three, with Florida State in third place trailing Wake Forest by 14 shots. Neither of those teams came close to catching Wake Forest though, with the winning margin settling at 11 shots over the Flames. Wake Forest finished at -23 to set a new tournament scoring record, with Liberty at -12, and Florida State at -10. North Carolina (-6) and Duke (+2) completed the top five.
Florida Southern meanwhile put together its best round of the tournament and one of the best rounds of Sunday for any of the 14 teams competing. The Moccasins' one-under par 287 moved them up two spots in the standings where they tied with Cal-Davis. The two teams were one shot ahead of East Carolina and six shots behind Princeton which finished 10th.
All four Florida Southern counters had a 73 or better, led by junior John VanDerLaan's two-under par 70. Junior John Coultas and freshman Chase Ibbotson each had a 72, and sophomore Christian Anderson carded a 73. Not counted in Sunday's team score was sophomore Michael VanDerLaan, who had a 76.
Including Michael VanDerLaan's scorecard, the Moccasins collected 16 birdies as a team after picking up, the same number they had in round one when they had a team score of 307, but not a single Moccasin had anything worse than a bogey over their combined 90 holes of golf. Michael VanDerLaan and Ibbotson also provided the Mocs with one eagle apiece. VanDerLaan's came on the par-5 No. 14, which covered 550 yards; and Ibbotson had the first eagle of his college career on the par-5 No. 9 at 493 yards.
John VanDerLaan and Coultas were especially efficient over their final nine holes Sunday, which came on holes one through nine at Duke University Golf Club. Both players had a pair of birdies and no bogeys to go two-under over the second half of the round. It was Anderson though who led the Mocs with five birdies on the day.
The final individual standings had John VanDerLaan in a tie for 18th place with a 217, up 11 spots from his position coming into Sunday's final round. Coultas was tied for 27th with a 220. Ibbotson was tied for 62nd with a 228, Anderson was tied for 72nd with a 233, and Michael VanDerLaan was tied for 77th with a 236.
Medalist honors went to Kieran Vincent of Liberty who put together three straight rounds of five-under par 67 to set an individual scoring record for the tournament at 201 (-15). Vincent was six strokes ahead of two golfers, Will Zalatoris of Wake Forest and Cristobal Del Solar of Florida State. Del Solar made up four strokes on Sunday with a Sunday-best of 66. Two more Wake Forest golfers were fourth and fifth.
Florida Southern's next tournament will be the Saint Leo Invitational, September 19 and 20.