NICHOLASVILLE, KY - After putting together one of the most successful careers in the history of the storied Florida Southern College men's golf program, former Moccasin all-American John VanDerLaan made a splash in his first PGA Tour event at the 2018 Barbasol Championship over the weekend. VanDerLaan qualified for the event, which was played at Keene Trace Golf Club, by winning the 2018 Barabsol Shootout in June and earning a sponsor's exemption to the Barbasol Championship.
VanDerLaan, who was the NCAA Division II Jack Nicklaus Player of the Year as a senior, carded a 14-under 274 (67-70-67-70) over four round this past weekend to finish tied for 31st among the field of 73 golfers who made the cut.
"It was awesome to be out there competing against some of the best players in the world," said VanDerLaan. "Being able to play the way I did over the weekend helped me prove to myself that I belong out there and can compete at that level. My time at Florida Southern really prepared me for my professional golf career better than I could have ever imagined, and I can't wait for my next opportunity."
In his four rounds at the Barbasol Championship, VanDerLaan finished with 20 birdies and 45 pars. He eagled on the sixth hole of the third round, a par-five hole, and posted an average driving distance of 278.8 yards. His longest drive of the weekend was 329 yards in the first round
Although he did not finish high enough to remain on the PGA Tour for the remainder of the year, VanDerLaan isn't done yet. He plans to play in the Connecticut, Maine, and Rhode Island Open Championships and will participate in Web.com Tour Q-School in the fall. VanDerLaan is also waiting to hear on a possible sponsor's exemption in next week's Barracuda Championship in Reno.