Top-20 Finishes for All Five Mocs as Florida Southern Men's Golf Team Places Third at GolfRank Invitational October 10, 2017 PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – With Michael VanDerLaan and John VanDerLaan each shooting a one-under par 71, Jacob Penny and John Coultas turning in scores of 72 and 73, and Christian Anderson adding his name to the list of eagles, Florida Southern wrapped up play in the GolfRank Invitational with a 287 that put the Moccasins third in the final tournament standings.
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Two Second-Round Eagles by John VanDerLaan and Opening-Round 70 by Coultas Highlight Day One of GolfRank Invitational October 9, 2017 PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – Behind a pair of eagles in round two from John VanDerLaan, and a 70 in round one from John Coultas, No. 3 ranked Florida Southern put together a strong day of golf at Nova Southeastern’s GolfRank Invitational, and stands second in the tournament with a two-under par 574 with one round remaining.
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First Regular Season Poll of the Season Has Florida Southern Men's Golf Team No. 3 September 29, 2017 NORMAN, OK – In the first regular season poll of the 2017-18 season, the Florida Southern men’s golf team is ranked No. 3 in the country, sitting behind only West Florida and Lynn. The Moccasins remained well ahead of Barry and Nova Southeastern, which rounded out the top-five in the September 29 edition of the poll.
Coultas is This Year's First SSC Player-of-the-Week in Men's Golf September 25, 2017 MELBOURNE, FL – After playing their first tournament of the fall, the Florida Southern Moccasins already have their first Sunshine State Conference Player-of-the-Week with John Coultas bringing home that award following the Griffin Invitational at Streamsong. The senior from Valrico has now won the SSC Men’s Golf Player-of-the-Week five times in his career.
Florida Southern Places Fourth at Streamsong in First Men’s Golf Tournament of the Season September 19, 2017 BOWLING GREEN, FL – Top-ranked Florida Southern got a 67 from senior John Coultas in the completion of round two Tuesday, and a 72 from junior Michael VanDerLaan in round three to jump two spots in the final standings for a 4th-place finish at the Griffin Invitational hosted by Saint Leo at Streamsong Resort.
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New Season Begins as Men’s Golf Team Shoots 290 in Round One, but Round Two of Griffin Invitational Suspended by Darkness September 18, 2017 BOWLING GREEN, FL – A new season has begun for the top-ranked and defending national champion Florida Southern men’s golf team, but the Moccasins will have to wait a little while longer to see where they stand after the first day of the Griffin Invitational. Florida Southern shot a 290 in Monday’s first round but the second round was suspended due to darkness.
UPDATED INFORMATION ON CAMPUS REOPENING (9/14) September 13, 2017 LAKELAND, FL (9/14/17) - We are pleased to share with you that as of this morning we now have power in almost all buildings across campus. What wonderful news! We are still waiting for power to come on in Colony Arms Apartments, Roberts Academy, and a few FSC houses surrounding the campus. We will continue to communicate updates as they become available and will accommodate any student who lives in one of these locations if power is still not restored when they return to campus.
Defending National Champion Men's Golf Team Begins New Season Ranked No. 1 in GCAA Preseason Poll August 25, 2017 NORMAN, OK – The Florida Southern men's golf team will open the 2017-18 season in the same position it held at the end of last season. Three months after winning the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship, the Moccasins are ranked number one in the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America) Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll.
Gordin to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Ohio Wesleyan August 15, 2017 Florida Southern men's golf coach Doug Gordin has been selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Citation from the Ohio Wesleyan Alumni Association, the highest award presented by that university's organization. It is reserved for those whose achievements in professional pursuits and in public service rise to extraordinary levels, and is presented annually at Ohio Wesleyan's Reunion Weekend in May.
VanDerLaan Named MVP for FSC's National Championship Men's Golf Team July 6, 2017 John VanDerLaan has been named the Most Valuable Player of the national championship Florida Southern men's golf team by Moccasin Head Coach Doug Gordin.
Coultas and John VanDerLaan Named to All-Nicklaus Team June 30, 2017 NORMAN, Okla. – Florida Southern’s John Coultas and John VanDerLaan have been named to the 2017 All-Nicklaus Team that was announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) on Thursday, June 29. The 24-man team honors the best collegiate players in the country from NCAA Divisions I, II and III, as well as the NAIA and NJCAA.
Gordin to Retire Following 2017-18 Campaign June 13, 2017 Has won six national titles at FSC
Coultas Helps USA to Palmer Cup Championship June 11, 2017 ATLANTA, GA - Moccasin junior John Coultas helped Team USA to a championship win at the 2017 Palmer Cup held here at the Atlanta Athletic Club. Coultas was one of just two players from the NCAA Division II competing in the event. Team USA defeated Team Europe, 19.5 to 10.5.
Florida Southern Finishes 16th in Learfield Directors' Cup June 8, 2017 CLEVELAND, OH - Florida Southern College athletics continued its long tradition of success with a 16th place finish in the final standings of the 2016-17 Learfield Directors' Cup, which ranks all athletic programs at the NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA levels based on their success in athletic competition.
Coultas Repeats as Academic All-American, Earning 2017 First Team Status June 7, 2017 Florida Southern men’s golfer John Coultas has been selected as a First Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), moving up from the Second Team of which he was a member in 2016. Coultas earned his spot on the Men's At-Large Team, which covers the sports of swimming, tennis, golf, lacrosse, ice hockey, skiing, wrestling, gymnastics, rifle, water polo, fencing, and volleyball. He is one of two Florida Southern student-athletes on that team this year, joining senior swimmer Diego Gimenez who was also a First Team selection.
On May's Final Friday, the 13th National Championship for Florida Southern Men's Golf is in the Books! May 26, 2017 KISSIMMEE, FL – There were a lot of nervous souls in the audience at Reunion Resort’s Watson course Friday afternoon when Florida Southern sophomore Christian Anderson stepped on to the 18th green. Already down one point in the match, the Moccasins couldn’t afford to give away another one, and Anderson was all square with Lynn University’s Mateo Gomez. For the Knights, it was a chance to drop the hammer. Instead, Anderson delivered for the Moccasins, winning the hole and his individual match by one stroke, swinging everything to Florida Southern’s favor in the process. When juniors John VanDerLaan and John Coultas picked up their own wins a little bit later, Florida Southern had a 3-2 win over Lynn that gives the Moccasins the 13th national title in team history.
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Moccasins Down Top-Ranked West Florida 3-2 to Advance to National Championship Match; FSC to Face Lynn on Friday May 25, 2017 KISSIMMEE, FL – Back in October, 18 teams visited Reunion Resort for a tournament dubbed the NCAA Division II National Preview. A little over seven months later, it turns out that title was right on the mark. Playing on the same course they did more than seven months ago, when they met for the first time this season, the same teams at the top of those standings are all that’s left in Division II men’s golf as 4th-ranked Florida Southern and 2nd-ranked Lynn will go head-to-head one more time on Friday for the national championship.
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Florida Southern Moves Into National Semifinals With 5-0 Win Over Ferris State May 25, 2017 KISSIMMEE, FL – The semifinals of the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships are set and Florida Southern is one of the four teams still alive. The 4th-ranked and 2nd-seeded Moccasins prevailed in their quarterfinal match over 7th-seeded Ferris State (MI) by winning all five individual matches for a 5-0 victory. That sends them into Thursday afternoon’s semifinals where they will face top-ranked and 3rd-seeded West Florida, a 4-1 win over the sixth seed, Newberry (SC).
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Coultas and John VanDerLaan Named PING First Team All-Americans by Golf Coaches Association of America May 24, 2017 One day after earning All-South Region honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America, John Coultas and John VanDerLaan earned another honor from the GCAA when they were each named PING First Team All-Americans. It’s the third All-American award for both golfers, who led Florida Southern to a second place finish in the stroke play portion of the NCAA Division II National Championships and a spot in the national quarterfinals.
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