ORLANDO, FLA. – Playing their first regular season dual match in 42 years, the fifth-ranked Florida Southern Moccasins defeated Division I Columbia University in a two-round head-to-head competition Saturday at Rio Pinar Country Club in Orlando. The Moccasins defeated the Lions by 19 shots and had six of the top eight golfers.
Florida Southern took a nine-shot lead after the first round as the Moccasins' four counters combined for a 288 and the Lions ended up with a 297. The top three scorers for either team came from Florida Southern too, with Johnny Tucker and Christian Anderson each shooting a one-under-par 71, and Max Coutsolioutsos shooting a 72. Michael VanDerLaan had a 74 and still tied Anderson and Coutsolioutsos for the team lead with five birdies in the round, and ended the round with three in a row.
Playing a best-four-of-six format, the Mocs also got a 74 from Seth Wright and a 76 from Chase Ibbotson. Logan Neel, who was playing as an individual, turned in a first-round 79 in his first tournament of the season.
Columbia's top player in the first round was Daniel Core with a 72, but the Lions' other counters had scores of 74, 75, and 76. That gave Florida Southern five of the top seven scores in the round.
In round two, Florida Southern got an even-par 72 from Ibbotson, a 73 from Coutsolioutsos, a 75 from Wright, and a pair of 76s from VanDerLaan and Anderson. Tucker added a non-counting 78, and Neel shot an 82. That gave the Moccasins a team score of 296, which was 10 shots better than Columbia. Coutsolioutsos had a team-high four birdies in the round.
Columbia's top golfer in the second round was Dan Terrell with a 75, while Core shot a 76.
Individually, Coutsolioutsos won the dual match with a one-over-par 145, putting him two strokes ahead of Anderson. Core was tied with Ibbotson for third with a 148, while Tucker and Wright each finished with a 149.
Florida Southern returns to its more tradition schedule March 10-12 at the Southeastern Collegiate hosted by Valdosta State.