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.
Playing in the Moccasins' first tournament of spring, Coultas had rounds of 65, 70, and 66 for his 15-under-par 201 that was just one stroke off the tournament record established in 2013 by another Florida Southern golfer, Tim Crouch. That gave Coultas a 4-stroke win over a pair of Barry golfers and a 6-stroke margin over the rest of the field. It was his first win of the season and seventh of his career. (He was also the top finisher in one round of match play at the National Finals his freshman year.) It was Coultas' second time in the top-five this season, and fourth time finishing in 11th place or higher. He's been in the top-20 of all five tournaments this season and has a 70.40 stroke average.
Coultas' score of -15 surpassed his previous career-best of -14, which he accomplished at last year's Matlock Collegiate Classic. He's now the fifth player in the 37-year history of the tournament to win back-to-back individual titles. He tied teammate John VanDerLaan for the tournament lead with 16 birdies and had just three bogeys in three rounds. Coultas' performance helped the Moccasins win the team title with a -29, their best score ever at the Matlock and the second lowest by any team in tournament history. The 2nd-ranked Moccasins finished six shots ahead 12th-ranked Barry and nine in front of top-ranked West Florida for their second win of the season.
Coultas won his first player of the week award this season back in September after he tied for fourth at the Griffin Invitational hosted by Saint Leo at Streamsong Resort.
Florida Southern, which remained No. 2 in the new national poll released last Friday (Feb. 16) but closed the gap with West Florida, returns to action March 4-6 at the Panther Invitational hosted by Florida Tech.