MELBOURNE, FL – For the second time this fall and the fourth time in his career, Florida Southern senior John VanDerLaan is the Sunshine State Conference Player-of-the-Week in men's golf. It is also the second consecutive SSC award for VanDerLaan, making him the first player in the league to earn back-to-back honors since another Moccasin golfer, Tim Crouch, did so in the spring of 2013.
VanDerLaan's most recent SSC Player-of-the-Week award comes on the heels of his individual win at the Miami Intercollegiate, his second in as many tournaments to end the fall. Playing in another exclusive field that featured seven of the top eight ranked teams in Division II, VanDerLaan was one of only six golfers to break par and the only one to shoot in the 60s for all three rounds. Playing on the par-70 Red Tiger Course at Trump National Doral, VanDerLaan had rounds of 69, 67 and 64 for a total score of 10-under par 200. That gave him a 2-stroke win over Christian Bosso of West Florida and helped vault him to the number two position in the Golfstat individual national rankings.
The reigning SSC Men's Golfer-of-the-Year is off to another strong start for the Moccasins, ending the fall with a 69.67 season stroke average in four tournaments, with two individual wins. He set the school record last year for lowest stroke average at 71.52 when he had nine top-five finishes and two tournament wins. VanDerLaan has now won six tournaments in his career and on two other occasions has had the best score during a 10-person match play format at the National Finals. His 16 career top-fives are tied for second in team history with Jeff Klauk (1996-2000), one behind teammate John Coultas.
Florida Southern won three of the six men's golf player-of-the-week awards this fall, with VanDerLaan earning two and Coultas one. That accounted for three of the four tournaments in which the Moccasins played. The defending national champions are currently ranked No. 3 in the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll and No. 2 in the Golfstat rankings. They'll resume their season in February when they host the 37th annual Matlock Collegiate Classic.