Another Win for John VanDerLaan as Senior All-American Captures Miami Intercollegiate Crown; Moccasins Finish Second as a Team

Head coach Doug Gordin and John VanDerLaan
Head coach Doug Gordin and John VanDerLaan

DORAL, FL – Senior John VanDerLaan won his second tournament of the fall Tuesday by shooting a six-under par 64 in the final round of the Miami Intercollegiate, while Jacob Penny and John Coultas each finished in the top-10 to lead 3rd-ranked Florida Southern to a runner-up finish as a team.

VanDerLaan won the Copperhead Championship in the Moccasins' most recent tournament two weeks ago and followed that up with another title this week. He had rounds of 69 and 67 on Monday to take a one-stroke lead over Nova Southeastern's Juan Jose Guerra, and even with his 64 on Tuesday, still had to hold off a charge by West Florida's Christian Bosso who also shot a 64. Ultimately, VanDerLaan won by two strokes with a 10-under par 200 on the par-70 course at Trump National, with Bosso second at -8, and Guerra third at -5.

The Moccasins also got a 70 from Penny, a 71 from Coultas and a 70 from Michael VanDerLaan for a team score of 275 (-5). Christian Anderson was their fifth golfer on Tuesday with a 74, but all five members of the team finished in the top-20 for the second time this fall. Chase Ibbotson was playing as an individual and shot an 80 on Tuesday after earlier rounds of 73 and 72.

All three of the top teams had their best rounds of the tournament with top-ranked West Florida turning in a 270, Florida Southern posting a 275, and No. 4 Nova Southeastern recording a 277. That kept them in the same positions where they started the final round, with the Argonauts putting up a winning score of -15 (825), followed by the Moccasins at -6 (834) and the Sharks at -3 (831). No. 5 Florida Tech was a distance fourth at +18 (858). Finishing in fifth place was No. 2 Lynn with a score of +20 (860).

In addition to John VanDerLaan winning the tournament at -10, Penny was tied for eighth at +1, Coultas was tied for 10th at +2, and Anderson and Michael VanDerLaan each turned in scores of +5 to tie for 19th. Ibbotson tied for 56th with a +15.

The Miami Intercollegiate concluded the fall portion of the season for Florida Southern. The Moccasins' next tournament is their own Matlock Collegiate Classic at Lone Palm Golf Club, February 12-13.