PENSACOLA, FL – With senior Christian Anderson among the individual leaders at one-under-par 143, No. 4 Florida Southern concluded the first day of the Argonaut Invitational in 13th place with team scores of 297 and 299.
Anderson had Florida Southern's best score in both rounds Monday, carding a two-under-par 70 in the first, and a 73 in the second. He had four birdies in each round, including 11 and 12 in both of them. His play over the back nine was especially impressive where he was -7 for the day. Anderson made the turn in the morning at +1, but birdied 11, 12, and 14 before ending the round with four straight pars. He got off to rocky start in the afternoon with bogeys on 2, 3, 4, and 5, but was three-under the rest of the day. That included birdies on 10, 11, 12, and 16, and pars on all of the other back-nine holes.
Anderson's two-round total of 143 (-1) put him in a tie for 10th with four other golfers. West Florida's Christian Bosso was the tournament leader at 137 (-7). Bosso held a three-stroke lead over Limestone's Brett Krekorian, and a four-stroke lead over teammate Alejandro Restrepo, who was playing as an individual, and Montevallo's Paul Murphy. Five golfers were locked in a tie for fifth at -2, trailing Bosso by five strokes. Bosso had a 66 in round one that was the single-round score of the day with seven birdies and an eagle. He then had six birdies in the second round, but also had five bogeys for a 71.
The rest of the Florida Southern lineup did not fare as well Monday, but freshman Max Coutsolioutsos did put together the Mocs' most impressive run of holes. After starting round one with a double-bogey on No. 2, Coutsolioutsos birdied five of the next six holes and was at -3 halfway through the round. He eventually finished with a two-over-par 74, which was second on the team to Anderson's 70. In the second round, Coutsolioutsos shot a 76 that made him the Mocs' fourth counter and left him tied for 48th with a 150 (+6).
Freshman Johnny Tucker had a 77 in the morning before shooting a 75 in the afternoon as a counter in both rounds too. He had a streak of three straight birdies in round one coming on six through eight and was even after nine holes. Tucker was still at +1 with three holes to play in the round, but had to take an eight on the par-four No. 17. In the second round, Tucker had another three-hole birdie streak, this time on nine through 11. He ended the day tied for 59th with a 152 (+8).
Junior Chase Ibbotson had rounds of 76 and 77, but was a non-counter in the afternoon. He was one-under for his final eight holes in round one after recovering from a four-hole stretch right before that which accounted for his +4 in the round. He started round two +4 for the first three holes, but again came back to play even-par golf over the final nine. Ibbotson was tied for 62nd with a 153 (+9).
Completing the Florida Southern lineup was senior Michael VanDerLaan who had a non-counting 79 in the opening round before a 75 in round two. His best golf came at the end of the day when he was even for the second half of round two. VanDerLaan's total score of 154 was tied for 72nd.
The host school, West Florida, held the lead in the team standings with a 568 (-8) with similar rounds of 283 and 285. The Argonauts were four shots ahead of Montevallo and 12 ahead of St. Mary's (TX). Missouri-St. Louis was fourth, trailing West Florida by 13 shots, and Lee was fifth, 18 shots off the pace.
The tournament at Pensacola Country Club concludes Tuesday with the final round underway at 8:30 a.m. Central Time.