Three Florida Southern Moccasins have been selected to the 2018 All-South Region Men's Golf Team by the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America) that was announced Tuesday afternoon. Earning those awards were seniors John Coultas and John VanDerLaan, and junior Michael VanDerLaan. Coultas and John VanDerLaan are all-region selections for the fourth year in a row, and Michael VanDerLaan is a member of the team for the first time.
John VanDerLaan continues to lead Florida Southern in stroke average after playing the first two rounds of the national finals with a 66 and 68 that has him in second place on the individual leaderboard. That's lowered his scoring average to an even 69.00 on the season, the best in team history. He has already won six tournaments this season, including the super regional two weeks ago, and has been outside the top-10 only once in 11 tournaments. His six individual wins have tied the school's single-season record and have helped make the SSC Player-of-the-Year one of five finalists for the NCAA Division II National Player-of-the-Year award.
Coultas, who is also playing at the national finals for the fourth straight year, is second on the squad with a 70.66 average, making Florida Southern the only team in the country with two golfers with adjusted scoring averages of -1 or better. Coultas, who entered the national finals at number four in the Golfstat individual rankings, has had five top-five and six top-10 finishes this season. He recently qualified for the 2018 U.S. Open Sectionals and will go down as one of only three players in team history with three top-five finishes at the national finals.
After averaging a career-best 72.89 strokes per round prior to the national finals, and posting six top-20 finishes, Michael VanDerLaan has dropped his scoring average even lower in Muscle Shoals during the NCAA Championships by posting back-to-back scores of 71 that have him tied for 15th place overall. It's continued a strong postseason run for VanDerLaan, who has a 72.27 stroke average in the NCAA Tournament going back to last year's national finals.