INNISBROOK, FL – Chase Ibbotson had Florida Southern's best round of the day with a one-under-par 70, and three of his teammates had either a 72 or 73 as the 2nd-ranked Moccasins moved up three spots to finish the Copperhead Championship in a three-way tie for ninth.
Ibbotson's 70 matched Michael VanDerLaan's round-one score as the best in the tournament for Florida Southern, which had a 288 in the final round. The Mocs also counted a 72 from Johnny Tucker, and 73s from Max Coutsolioutsos and Christian Anderson to move ahead of No. 5 Nova Southeastern, No. 19 Lander and No. 4 Saint Leo in the final standings. That got them within two shots of Lincoln Memorial for eighth place. The Mocs dropped five shots from their second-round score, while Nova and Lander added 13 and 14 respectively.
Top-ranked Barry won the Copperhead Championship at 18-under-par, a whopping 24-shot victory over 7th-ranked West Florida, with Queens of Charlotte 30 shots back in third. The Buccaneers had the low score in all three rounds, counting nothing worse than a 73.
The Moccasins started on the back nine Tuesday and got off to a good start with Anderson and Coutsolioutsos each making the turn at even-par. Ibbotson was also even until a bogey on 17, but that was one of only two on the day for the junior. He parred 18 to turn at +1, then picked up two birdies on the front side to finish with his best round of the season. Tucker was the last Moccasin to start on Tuesday and an eagle on the par-5 No. 14 put him at two-under for the day. He then birdied 15 but had to settle for a one-over-par 72 after three straight bogeys on two, three, and four. It was a strong debut nonetheless for Tucker, who was playing in the first tournament of his college career and led the Moccasins with an 18th-place finish.
Tucker's three-round total of three-over-par 216 included rounds of 73 and 71 on Monday. He had one of the seven eagles recorded in the tournament, had six birdies, and parred 37 other holes. During one 36-hole stretch spanning the second half of round one into the early stages of round three, he was four-under with just two holes worse than par.
Ibbotson tied for 35th with a 220, and was even-par for the final two rounds when he collected seven birdies. VanDerLaan, who had a non-counting 78 on Tuesday, tied for 47th with an overall score of 223. Coutsolioutsos tied for 52nd with a 225, and Anderson tied for 63rd with a 228 after each had their best rounds of the tournament on Tuesday.
Christian Bosso of West Florida won medalist honors with a 10-under-par 203 (65-70-68), putting him two strokes ahead of Barry's Tyler Bakich (69-66-70). Vincent Norman of Georgia Southwestern was third with a 206 (67-68-71), three shots off the pace, and second-round leader Conor Richards of Barry was fourth with a 208 (66-68-74).
Florida Southern's next tournament, which will be its last of the fall, is the Otter Invitational hosted by Cal State-Monterey Bay, next Monday and Tuesday, October 22-23.