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.
Now a 5-time winner in his career, VanDerLaan won the Panther Invitational for the second year in a row and set the tournament scoring record with a nine-under-par 207. That gave him a two-shot win over teammate John Coultas, which marked the third time in their careers they've finished 1-2 in a tournament. It was VanDerLaan's third win of the season and the seventh tournament title of his career. He had rounds of 70, 67, and 70 and was one of only two golfers in the field of 68 with three under-par rounds. His play helped the 2nd-ranked Moccasins win the tournament by 15 shots over No. 6 Barry with the best team score in the tournament's history as well. It was the Mocs' largest margin of victory since winning the 2001 SSC Tournament by 17 shots over Rollins.
Earlier this season, VanDerLaan was the SSC Player of the Week on October 23 and November 6. Those honors came following wins at the Copperhead Championship and the Miami Intercollegiate. He is now the top-ranked player in Division II in the Golfstat individual rankings. He has placed in the top-10 in all but one tournament this season and has a 69.44 stroke average. His 69.59 adjusted average that is second in the country.
VanDerLaan and the Moccasins are competing in the Southeastern Collegiate this week in Valdosta, Georgia.