John VanDerLaan
John VanDerLaan
Height: 5-11
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Southbury, CT
High School: Pomperaug
Major: Business Administration

AS A JUNIOR (2016-17)… PING/GCAA First Team All-American… Finalist for Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award… PING/GCAA All-South Region… Polk County Male Collegiate Athlete-of-the-Year… Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golfer-of-the-Year… SSC All-Tournament Team… All-SSC First Team… 2-time SSC Golfer-of-the-Week (Sept. 12, March 13)… Team MVP… Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-American Scholar by the GCAA… NCAA Division II Academic Achievment Award winner… SSC Commissioner's Honor RollMember of Florida Southern’s national championship team at the 2017 National Finals in Kissimmee… One of only two Moccasins to play in all 12 tournaments, along with Chase Ibbotson… Earned a final ranking of #3 in the Golfstat individual rankings and was in the top-10 the entire season… Led Florida Southern with a school record 70.26 stroke average, breaking the old mark of 70.71 previously set by Jeff Klauk in 1999-2000, and formerly held by PGA Tour veterans Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen… Tied another school record set by John Curley during the 1995-96 season with nine top-5 finishes, giving him 14 in his career… Had 10 top-10 finishes, which was tied with Curley for the second most in school history, one short of the record which Curley set in 1994-95… Goes into his senior year with 22 career top-10s… Had a team-best individual winning percentage of .950… Tied for the team lead with John Coultas for the team lead with 24 rounds of even-par or under par (19 under and five even), and had 15 rounds in the 60s… Posted two individual wins, taking the Panther Invitational (March 6-7) and the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional (May 8-10)… Set a South/Southeast Super Regional scoring record with a -15 (67-69-65 = 201)… Also had two runner-up finishes at the NCAA DII National Preview (Oct. 3-4) and the Sunshine State Conference Championships (April 23-25)… Had four other third-place finishes, giving him a total of eight tournaments where he placed third or higher… Lowest finish in any tournament was 18th out of 82 golfers at the Division I Rod Myers Invitational at the start of the season, hosted by Duke University… Posted three scores of -11 or better throughout the season, including his -15 at the regional tournament… Had a total score of -11 at the Matlock Collegiate Classic where he had a final-round 64 that tied the tournament's single-round scoring record and stands as his career-best entering his senior year... Tied for 15th out of 108 golfers at the NCAA Division II National Finals with a four-over par 214 (74-70-70)… Won all three of his individual matches during the match play portion of the tournament… Shot a 72 (+2) in the quarterfinals vs. Ferris State, a 65 (-5) in the semifinals vs. West Florida, and a 71 (+1) in the championship match vs. Lynn… 65 was the best round by any Moccasin during match play and tied John Coultas for the best round by a Moccasin in the national tournament… In addition to his 15th-place finish at nationals and first-place finish at regionals, finished second at the conference tournament with a six-under par 210 (70-72-68), which gave him a total postseason score of -19 covering 12 rounds.

AS A SOPHOMORE (2015-16)… PING/GCAA Second Team All-American… PING/GCAA All-Region Team; Second Team All-Sunshine State Conference… NCAA Division II Academic Achievement Award winner… SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll… Played in all 11 tournaments, one of three Moccasins to do so (John Coultas and Jimmy Jones were the others)… Florida Southern’s top golfer at the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Georgia College and was their #2 golfer in five other tournaments… Also Florida Southern’s top golfer during the match play portion of the NCAA Division II National Finals, playing those two rounds at six-under par and winning both of his individual matches… Second on the team with a 72.14 stroke average… Tied for 17th in the Golfstat Division II national rankings with that average and was also tied for 17th with 116 birdies, an average of 3.4 per round… Tied for the Mocs’ second best individual round of the season with a career-low five-under par 67 in the quarterfinal round of match play at the National Finals (May 18)… Had three 68’s during the season as well, including one in the first round of stroke play at Nationals (May 17)… Had 12 rounds under par throughout the season, second to John Coultas’ 17… Tournament runner-up at the Bobcat Invitational with a three-over par 213 (69-70-74=213) in a 90-player field (March 21-22)… Had another top-five finish at the Cougar Invitational hosted by Columbus State (September 21-22)… Had five top-10 finishes and was out of the top-20 only once all year when he tied for 22nd out of 123 golfers at the McDonough Cup at Rio Pinar (October 26-27)… Still shot one-under par 215 for that tournament… Best tournament score came at the National Finals when he was five-under in stroke play (May 17-19)… Tied for eighth at the Sunshine State Conference Championships with a +9 (77-74-74=223) played at Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne… Tied for 19th out of 108 golfers at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regionals with a +4 (75-71-74=220)… Finished the stroke play portion of the National Tournament tied for 12th out of 108 golfers with a -5 (68-73-70=211)… Had rounds of 67 and 71 during match play at the National Finals.

AS A FRESHMAN (2014-15)… PING/GCAA First Team All-American… Finalist for Jack Nicklaus National Player of the Year Award… PING/GCAA All-Freshman Team… PING/GCAA All-South Region… SSC Tournament Individual medalist… SSC All-Tournament Team… All-SSC Second-Team… SSC Freshman-of-the-Year… SSC Commissioner's Honor RollPlayed in all 12 events as a freshman… Top finish was winning medalist honors at both the SSC Championships (4/12-14/15) and at the McDonough Cup (10/27-28/14)… At the SSC Championships, shot a 207 (-9) to win by three shots over Moccasin teammate John Coultas at the RedTail Golf Club in Sorrento, and fired a 210 (-6) at Rio Pinar to take home first place honors at the McDonough Cup… Was the first Moccasin to win medalist honors at the SSC Championships since Steve Paramore took home first place honors in 2003… Finished season with three top-5 finishes, two top-10 placements and two other top-20 finishes… Recorded 15 rounds of par or better on the year, including a season-low round of 67 on four separate occasions as he shot a 67 in the first round of the Matlock Collegiate Classic (2/9/15), the first round of the SSC Championships (4/12/15) and the third round at both the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional (5/6/15) Division II National Championships (5/20/15)… Was the team's No. 2 finishers at four tournaments… Halved his match against Lynn's Jose Andres Miranda in the match play portion of the NCAA National Championships (5/21/15)… Finished tied for fourth at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional (5/4-6/15) as he shot a 212 (-4) at Lake Jovita… Tied for 33rd in the stroke play portion of the NCAA Division II National Championships (5/18-20/15) as he shot a 223 for 54 holes at Rock Barn Golf & Spa… Opened his collegiate career with a 19th place finish at the Saint Leo Invitational (9/22-23/14) with a 2-under par 142 for 36 holes.

HIGH SCHOOL… 2014 graduate of Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Connecticut… Was a four-year letterman in golf at PHS… As a senior, was named the Connecticut Division II High School Player of the Year… Also earned First-Team All-Conference honors and served as the team's captain… Helped lead PHS to a Division I State Championship as a junior… Earned First-Team All-Conference and was the captain of the All-State Team… Was named a First-Team All-Conference and All-State selection as a sophomore… As a freshman was selected as a First-Team All-Conference honoree.

PERSONAL… Son of Maria and John VanDerLaan… Younger brother Michael (20) is a junior on the Moccasin men’s golf team this year… Also has a sister, Julia (15)… Won the New England Amateur Championship in 2014 and was also the Connecticut Amateur Champion in 2012… In the summer of 2015, competed in the Western Amateur Championship, was seventh at the Monroe Tournament, 19th at the Porter Cup Championships and seventh at the Ike Championships.

YEAR EVENTS ROUNDS STROKES AVG. LOW PAR OR -
2014-15 (FR) 12 33 2,388 72.36 67 (-5) 15
2015-16 (SO) 12 35 2,525 72.14 67 (-5) 19
2016-17 (JR) 15 39 2,740 70.26 64 (-9) 24
TOTALS 39 107 7,653 71.52 64 (-9) 58