Florida Southern and West Florida Locked in Battle Again on Day One of Miami Intercollegiate

Christian Anderson
Christian Anderson

DORAL, FL - Florida Southern had rounds of 282 and 277 as a team on Monday to finish the day in second place as a team, and senior John VanDerLaan had scores of 69 and 67 to claim the top individual spot at the Miami Intercollegiate hosted by Nova Southeastern at Trump National Doral.

The Moccasins trailed top-ranked West Florida by just four shots after the Argonauts had rounds of 284 and 271. Each team had the better score in one round apiece Monday, and that made them the only teams in the field of 14 to break par, with the Argos at five-under and the Mocs at one-under. Nova Southeastern was in third place at +4, putting the Sharks nine shots behind West Florida and five behind Florida Southern. No other team was better than +13, essentially turning the tournament into a three-team race going into Tuesday's final round.

VanDerLaan was at -4 on the par-70 course, with his 136 putting him one stoke ahead of Juan Jose Guerra of Nova Southeastern. VanDerLaan had the day's best overall score, but Guerra had the best single round with a 62 in the afternoon, which followed a 75 in the morning. They were followed by a pair of West Florida golfers, Christian Bosso and Chandler Blanchet, at two-under, while West Florida's Henry Westmoreland and Lincoln Memorial's Dan Bradbury were one-under.

Three other Moccasins were also in the top-10 Monday with John Coultas (72-69), Christian Anderson (71-70) and Jacob Penny (70-71) all at +1 and tied for eighth. That meant West Florida and Florida Southern each had four of the top 12, with the other four positions among that number filled by single golfers from Lincoln Memorial, Barry, Lynn and Florida Tech. Penny also had the Mocs' best shot of the day, and the best in the tournament across the field with a double eagle on the par-5 No. 5 in round one.

Michael VanDerLaan (74-71) and Chase Ibbotson (73-72), who was playing as an individual, were tied for 28th at +5.

The Miami Intercollegiate concludes with one round on Tuesday.