No. 6 Men’s Golf opened their 2019 campaign with a fourth place finish at the Matlock Collegiate Classic at the Lone Palm Golf Club in Lakeland, Florida on Feb. 11-12.
Freshman Max Coutsolioutsos saw his first career top-ten finish as he secured a second place finish at -7, five shots behind Jorge Garcia of Barry University (-12). Barry’s Niclas Weiland, Lynn’s Jorge Vilar and Columbus State’s Jordan Doull finished tied for third at -6.
Florida Southern finished off day one in fifth place with 580 points, a combined 13 shots behind Lynn University with 567 points. West Florida and Barry were tied in second with 577 points each while Columbus State sat in fourth with 579.
Coutsolioutsos led the Mocs and the tournament after day one with 8 under par, shooting a 66 in the opening round and a 70 in the second round. Coutsolioutsos’ -8 was enough to tie for first with Jorge Villar of Lynn heading into day 2. His first round score was the best in the tournament for day one followed closely by Villar’s 67 in his second round.
Senior Christian Anderson and freshman Seth Wright ended day one tied in 27th place, shooting +4 on the day. Junior Chase Ibbotson finished the day tied for 32nd, shooting +5 on the day while senior Michael VanDerLaan finished the day off in 53rd place, +9 on the day.
Coutsolioutsos led the Mocs on day two with a 73, shooting one over par and finishing with a total of 209 (-7). Anderson came in second for the Mocs, finishing with a 73 on the day with a total of 221 (+5). He finished tied for 27th place.
Ibbotson finished tied for 30th with a total score of 223 (+7) on the tournament while VanDerLaan coming in 44th place with a total score of 228 (+12) after a third round score of 75. Wright rounded out the Mocs squad tied for 54th place with a third round score of 82 (+10) and a tournament score of 230 (+14).
The Mocs finished ahead of No. 2 Florida Tech (10th place), No. 3 Saint Leo (11th place), No. 10 Nova Southeastern (8th place) and No. 18 Rollins (13th place). Rounding out the Sunshine State Conference is Eckerd College, who finished in 15th place.
Florida Southern will be back in action on Feb. 18 and 19 at the Newberry Invitational on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, before heading back to play Columbia on Feb. 23 at Rio Pinar Golf Course in Orlando, Florida.