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

AS A SOPHOMORE (2016-17)… NCAA Division II Academic Achievment Award winner… Sunshine State ConferenceCommissioner's Honor Roll… Member of Florida Southern’s national championship team at the 2017 National Finals in Kissimmee… Played in all but one tournament, missing only the DII National Preview during the fall… After averaging 78.00 strokes per round in the fall, saw that average fall to 74.92 during the spring, and 73.25 during the postseason to finish at 75.69 overall… Tied for 20th out of 108 golfers at the NCAA Division II National Championships with a six-over par 216 (70-72-74)… Followed that with rounds of 68, 78, and 71 during the match play portion of the tournament… The 68 in the quarterfinals vs. Ferris State was Florida Southern’s best score of that round and a new career-best… Had two other rounds during the season of even-par, both of which occurred during postseason play (a 72 in the opening round of the SSC Championships, and a 70 in the opening round of the National Championships)… In addition to a 20th-place finish at Nationals, tied for 38th out of 108 golfers at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional with a matching score of six-over par 222 (74-74-74), and tied for 26th at the Sunshine State Conference Championships with an eight-over par 224 (72-74-78).

AS A FRESHMAN (2015-16)… Sunshine State ConferenceCommissioner's Honor Roll… Played in four tournaments during his first season with the Moccasins, including the NCAA Division II National Finals at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club in Denver… Tied for 74th out of 108 golfers there in his first career postseason tournament… Finished at +9 (80-73-72=225) for his best score of the season… Had a 78 and 79 during match play at the National Finals… Played in two fall tournaments plus the Matlock Collegiate Classic… Had a 76.86 stroke average… Season-best score of even-par 72 came in the final round of stroke play at the National Finals.

HIGH SCHOOL… 2015 graduate of Pomperaug High School in Southbury, Connecticut… lettered for four years in golf at Pomperaug for coach Rich Szymanski… Was a four-time all-conference and three-time All-State selection… As a senior, was named the Connecticut Division I Player of the Year… Was a member of Pomperaug's 2013 Division I State Championship team.  

PERSONAL… Son of Maria and John VanDerLaan… Older brother John is a senior on the Moccasin men’s golf team… Also has a younger sister, Julia (15)… Competed in the 2015 New England Amateur Championships… Likes to play golf, work out and read.

YEAR EVENTS ROUNDS STROKES AVG. LOW PAR OR -
2015-16 (FR) 6 14 1,076 76.86 72 (EV) 1
2016-17 (SO) 14 36 2,725 75.69 68 (-2) 3
TOTALS 20 50 3,801 76.02 68 (-2) 4