White Named Finalist for Jan Strickland Award, Given to Nation's Top Assistant Men's Golf Coach April 18, 2018 NORMAN, OK - Florida Southern assistant men’s golf coach Lee White has been named a finalist for the Jan Strickland Award, presented annually to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, or NJCAA assistant coach that has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom. Of the six national finalists, White is the only one this year from a non-Division I school.
Men's Golf SSC Player-of-the-Week Award Goes to John VanDerLaan Again April 9, 2018 MELBOURNE, FL – John VanDerLaan has added another Sunshine State Conference Player-of-the-Week award to his collection as the senior from Southbury, Connecticut earned that honor for the fifth time this season and the seventh time in his career. This occasion comes following another playoff win at The Battle at the Shores hosted by Barry University, in which VanDerLaan and fellow senior All-American John Coultas led Florida Southern to a one-shot win over Lynn.
Florida Southern and Lynn Battle to the Final Hole as Mocs Win Battle at the Shores by One Shot; John VanDerLaan Takes Individual Title in Playoff vs. Coultas April 3, 2018 MIAMI BEACH, FL – In the final tournament of the regular season, last year’s national champion and national runner-up geared up for another postseason run with a back-and-forth battle that wasn’t decided until the final hole. When it was, 2nd-ranked Florida Southern had come out one shot ahead of 7th-ranked Lynn at -13, and two Moccasin senior All-Americans were headed to a playoff for the individual title. On that extra hole, John VanDerLaan edged John Coultas with an eagle for his fifth win of the season.
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Pair of 66s by John VanDerLaan and Anderson’s Late Eagle Help Mocs go 10-Under and Take Two-Shot Lead Over Lynn in The Battle at the Shores April 2, 2018 MIAMI BEACH, FL – John VanDerLaan turned in a pair of 66s Monday to open up a five-stroke lead for the individual title, and a late second-round eagle by Christian Anderson helped propel Florida Southern to a two-shot lead in the team standings on day one of The Battle at the Shores.
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West Florida, Florida Southern Still the Top Two in March 30 Men's Golf National Poll March 30, 2018 NORMAN, OK – Heading into their final tournament of the regular season, the Florida Southern Moccasins remained No. 2 in the March 30 Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll. West Florida still holds the top position, marking the sixth straight poll in which the Argonauts have been No. 1, and the fourth where West Florida and Florida Southern have been 1-2.
Florida Southern Inducts Five New Hall of Famers March 23, 2018 LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College inducted five new members to its Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday evening during its 16th annual Hall of Fame Banquet at Jenkins Field House. The five-member class included Pete Meyer (baseball), Jordan McAfee (volleyball), Matt Stauch (men's golf), Mary O'Sullivan (women's swimming), and David Jenkins (honorary).
Second Straight Playoff for VanDerLaan Gives Moccasin Senior Fourth Win of the Season; FSC Finishes Fourth as a Team at Bobcat Invitational March 20, 2018 EATONTON, GA – For the second week in a row, Florida Southern’s John VanDerLaan ended up in a playoff for medalist honors at another tournament where the competition was the best of the best in Division II men’s golf. This one didn’t go nearly as long as the first one did, but it resulted in a win for VanDerLaan who parred two playoff holes to defeat South Carolina-Aiken’s Johnson Holliday for his fourth win of the season and eighth of his career.
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John VanDerLaan Wins Fourth SSC Player-of-the-Week Award This Season March 19, 2018 MELBOURNE, FL – For the second week in a row, the fourth time this year, and the sixth time in his career, Florida Southern’s John VanDerLaan has been selected as the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week in men’s golf.
Top Two Mocs on Monday are VanDerLaans; Florida Southern in Third After Two Rounds of Bobcat Invitational March 19, 2018 EATONTON, GA – With John VanDerLaan putting together two rounds in the 60s, and Michael VanDerLaan carding a pair of 71s, 2nd-ranked Florida Southern finished the first day of the Bobcat Invitational in third place and within striking distance of tournament-leading No. 14 South Carolina-Aiken. The Moccasins’ total score of 564 on the par-70 course at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee put them seven shots behind the Pacers, and three behind second-place Barry.
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Unbelievable Playoff Decides Southeastern Collegiate Medalist Honors; Florida Southern Ties for Fifth Overall March 13, 2018 VALDOSTA, GA – It may not have been the national championship tournament, but the 2018 Southeastern Collegiate hosted by Valdosta State sure had that feel to it with all of the top-10 teams in the NCAA Division II coaches poll among the participants. Even when the dust settled after Newberry’s one-shot win over West Florida, it really wasn’t over. Instead, West Florida’s Chandler Blanchet and Florida Southern’s John VanDerLaan embarked on a marathon playoff to decide medalist honors, with Blanchet finally winning on the eighth extra hole.
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Another Player of the Week Award for Men's Golf as VanDerLaan Wins Third of the Season March 12, 2018 MELBOURNE, FL – The Florida Southern men’s golf team added another to its list of Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week awards as senior John VanDerLaan was selected for that honor Monday following his win at last week’s Panther Invitational hosted by Florida Tech. It’s the fourth time a Moccasin men’s golfer has been the SSC Player of the Week this season, and the third time it’s been VanderLaan.
Climbing Two Spots, Florida Southern Now Six Back of Co-Leaders West Florida & Newberry at Southeastern Collegiate March 12, 2018 VALDOSTA, GA – On a day in which only one of 18 teams broke par, 2nd-ranked Florida Southern was able to move up two spots into a fourth-place tie with Barry, and remains in the hunt at the prestigious Southeastern Collegiate at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. The Moccasins and Buccaneers are two of the seven teams within 10 shots of first place, and trail the co-leaders West Florida and Newberry by six.
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Day One in Valdosta Has Moccasins Tied for Sixth at Southeastern Collegiate March 11, 2018 VALDOSTA, GA – With John Coultas shooting a three-under-par 69, and John VanDerLaan adding a two-under-par 70, 2nd-ranked Florida Southern finished the first day of the Southeastern Collegiate tied for sixth place with a team score of 286 (-2). The tournament hosted by Valdosta State features the entire top-10 in the current NCAA Division II national coaches poll along with three other top-20 teams.
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Five Named to Athletics Hall of Fame March 9, 2018 LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College Athletics will place five new inductees into the FSC Athletics Hall of Fame during its annual Hall of Fame Banquet on Thursday, March 22. This year’s class includes three former Moccasin student-athletes, a former head coach, and one honorary inductee.
West Florida and Florida Southern Remain at the Top of Division II Men's Golf Poll; All of the Top-10 Headed to Valdosta for Southeastern Collegiate March 9, 2018 NORMAN, OK – With both teams winning different tournaments on opposite sides of the country earlier this week, West Florida and Florida Southern are still the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked teams in Division II men’s golf, and they are still separated by just seven points in the poll.
Spring Break Cruise for Men’s Golf Team: Moccasins Win Panther Invitational by 15 Shots Behind 1-2 Finish from VanDerLaan & Coultas March 6, 2018 VIERA, FL – Florida Southern went into the final round of the Panther Invitational holding a 10-shot lead over Barry, a not-insurmountable lead, but the way the Moccasins have been playing so far this spring, it might as well have been. After first riding the hot hand of freshman Jacob Penny on the front nine, 2nd-ranked Florida Southern widened the gap over the back nine for a 15-shot win over the 6th-ranked Buccaneers with John VanDerLaan pulling away from John Coultas to win the individual title by two strokes.
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Coultas Has Company at the Top as John VanDerLaan Pulls Even for Front-Running Moccasins at Panther Invitational March 5, 2018 VIERA, FL – Beginning play Monday in the second round of the Panther Invitational, the top three golfers were Florida Southern’s John Coultas in first, Florida Tech’s Max O’Hagan in second, and Florida Southern’s John VanDerLaan tied for third. Those same three golfers are still in the top three spots heading into Tuesday’s final round, and even with both Moccasin golfers shooting in the 60s, VanDerLaan was able to pull even with his teammate to help push 2nd-ranked Florida Southern’s lead to 10 shots over No. 6 Barry in the team standings.
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Leaderboard Filled with Moccasins on Day One of Panther Invitational; Florida Southern Leads Barry by Four March 4, 2018 VIERA, FL – With all four counters in the top-10, and John Coultas at the top of the leaderboard, 2nd-ranked Florida Southern held a four-shot lead over 6th-ranked Barry at the end of round one in the Panther Invitational hosted by Florida Tech.
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Coultas Picks up Second Player of the Week Award this Season, Sixth of His Career February 19, 2018 MELBOURNE, FL – For the second time this season and the sixth time in his career, Florida Southern senior John Coultas is the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week in men’s golf. The award comes on the heels of his near-record performance at the Matlock Collegiate Classic, which he won with a career-best score of 15-under-par.
Mocs Within Seven Points of Top Spot in Latest Men's Golf National Poll; West Florida and Florida Southern Still 1-2 February 16, 2018 NORMAN, OK – Following their victory in the Matlock Collegiate Classic, the Florida Southern Moccasins remained No. 2 in the first Bushnell Golfweek Division II national poll of the spring, but the Mocs gained significant ground on the top-ranked West Florida Argonauts.
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