VanDerLaan and Coultas Named First Team All-Americans; Penny Makes Division II All-Freshman Team

All-Americans John Coultas (left) and John VanDerLaan (center) with All-Freshman Team member Jacob Penny (right)
All-Americans John Coultas (left) and John VanDerLaan (center) with All-Freshman Team member Jacob Penny (right)

The postseason awards continue to roll in for the Florida Southern men's golf team as seniors John VanDerLaan and John Coultas were each named PING First Team All-Americans by the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America), and Jacob Penny was selected as a member of the All-Freshman Team. It's the fourth year in a row VanDerLaan and Coultas have been All-Americans, and each was part of the same All-Freshman Team of which Penny is now a member.

VanDerLaan, who is also a finalist for the Jack Nicklaus Award given to the Division II National Player-of-the-Year, has now been a First Team All-American three times in his career, as well as a second-team selection once. Earlier on Wednesday, he became the ninth individual champion from Florida Southern when he closed out the stroke play portion of the national finals with a tournament and Florida Southern postseason record 17-under-par 199. That drops his season stroke average to 68.89, and his seventh individual win also set another school record. He is only the third Moccasin to win both the regional and national tournaments in the same year, joining Jeff Klauk in 2000 and Tim Crouch in 2014.

Coultas is completing his career as not only a four-time All-American, but as the first to be named a First Team All-American in all four of those years. His list of awards also includes both the Phil Mickelson Award as the nation's top freshman in 2015, and the Jack Nicklaus Award as the player-of-the-year in 2016. He's coming off a 12th-place finish at the national finals where she shot a four-under-par 212 with 16 birdies, and has been 12th or higher at every national championship tournament over the last four years. Coultas will take a 70.53 stroke average into medal play at the national finals, the third lowest in school history, and has had 14 rounds in the 60s this season.

Penny is third on the team with a 72.40 stroke average this season, putting him behind only the two senior All-Americans. He was the top freshman golfer at both the conference and super regional tournaments this season, and tied for fourth at the South/Southeast Super Regionals with a four-under-par 209. Penny has been at even-par or better in six of his nine postseason rounds, including twice so far at the national finals.