DURHAM, NC – Freshman Seth Wright turned in a 74 Sunday for the Moccasins' best score of the day as Florida Southern closed out the Rod Myers Invitational hosted by Duke University with an 11th-place finish in its first tournament of the season.
The Moccasins had a different scoring leader in all three rounds after Michael VanDerLaan and Max Coutsolioutsos were at the top of the list on Saturday. Wright matched his opening round score with his third-round 74, and played the final 12 holes at even-par.
Junior Chase Ibbotson was the Mocs' second counter with a 76 after playing the second half of his round at +1. VanDerLaan and Coutsolioutsos each shot an 80 to give Florida Southern a team score of 310. Christian Anderson was the Mocs' non-counter with an 82. That was enough to hold off Princeton and Nebraska in the standings, but the Mocs were unable to close the gap on any of the teams in front of them and finished nine shots behind 10th-place East Carolina.
Penn State won the title with a two-shot margin over Duke and North Carolina. The Nittany Lions were at -12 overall, but the Duke Blue Devils had the best score on Sunday, shooting an eight-under par 280 on their home course. That was seven strokes better than Penn State but not enough to overcome the Nittany Lions.
Florida State at -4 was the only other team to break par in the tournament, but the Seminoles had the individual champion in John Pak. He held firm at -13 with a final-round 72 following his Saturday scores of 62 and 69. Pak finished seven shots ahead of Duke's Chandler Eaton.
VanDerLaan was the Moccasins' top golfer with a 226 (+10), which had him tied for 47th. Wright and Coutsolioutsos tied for 53rd with a 228 (+12), Ibbotson was tied for 63rd with a 234, and Anderson was tied for 69th with a 235.
Florida Southern's next tournament is the Cougar Invitational hosted by Columbus State, September 24-25.