Florida Southern Still in the Top Five at Southeastern Collegiate, John VanDerLaan Still Second After Round Two

Christian Anderson
Christian Anderson

VALDOSTA, GA – Sophomore Christian Anderson got off to a fast Monday morning, junior John Coultas played a steady round of golf all through the day, and junior John VanDerLaan held on to his spot near the top of the individual leader board as 3rd-ranked Florida Southern finished round two of the Southeastern Collegiate in a tie for fifth place.

Anderson birdied two of his first four holes Monday and went on to shoot a 75 that matched VanDerLaan's score for the day. Coultas, however, had the Mocs' best score with a 72 that saw him even on the front nine and even on the back. On a day where scores rose across the board, that 72 was bettered by only two golfers in the round, both of whom shot a 71. He accounted for three of the Moccasins' six birdies with Anderson picking up two and VanDerLaan one. One of Coultas' birdies came on the par-5, No. 2 that caused him problems on Sunday. Florida Southern's fourth counter was sophomore Michael VanDerLaan with a 78, and freshman Chase Ibbotson shot an 81.

Though he added 10 strokes to his score from Sunday, VanDerLaan gained ground on first-round leader Chandler Blanchet from West Florida. Blanchet had set the tournament scoring record with a 62 but his 76 on Monday helped bring VanDerLaan within two strokes of the lead, 140-138. While Blanchet had nothing worse than a bogey in Monday's round, neither did he have any birdies after recording 10 on Sunday. VanDerLaan also widened his own lead for second place after Florida Tech's Jonas Kugel went from a 66 to an 81, and Lynn's Martin Cancino dropped from a 68 to a 77. Cancino actually remained in fourth place even with the nine-stroke difference, but he was passed for third by teammate Mateo Gomez who had his second straight 72, but is still four strokes behind VanDerLaan.

After an opening round 76, Coultas used his 72 on Monday to climb 36 spots, though Nova Southeastern's Richard Mansell moved up 46 spots with a second-round 71. They were two of the nine golfers who were tied for 12th place with two-round scores of 148 (+4).

Anderson is tied for 39th place with a 152 while moving up 19 spots, Michael VanDerLaan is tied for 53rd place with a 154, and Ibbotson is tied for 76th with a 159.

With a team score of 300 (+12), Florida Southern fell only one spot Monday into a tie for fifth place with 6th-ranked North Alabama. The Moccasins and Lions are six shots ahead of their closest pursuers, 4th-ranked Nova Southeastern and Georgia Southwestern, and 13 away from first place. Nova Southeastern was the big riser on Monday with a 297 that brought the Sharks up from 13th place to a tie for seventh.

There was a change at the top of the standings where top-ranked West Florida and No. 2 Lynn overtook No. 9 Florida Tech. The Panthers nearly fell to fourth but were able to stay one shot ahead of No. 5 Barry, though their best score on Monday was a 75. West Florida now leads Lynn by three shots going into the final round, Florida Tech by seven, and Barry by eight.

The final round of the Southeastern Collegiate begins Tuesday morning at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club at 8:21, with the Moccasins beginning their day at 9:15.