NORMAN, OK - Florida Southern College men's golf saw four of its student-athletes earn Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar honors from the Golf Coaches Association of America, the GCAA announced earlier this week. Recent graduates John Coultas and John VanDerLaan each earned the award for the second-straight year, while Christian Anderson and Michael VanDerLaan were named all-American Scholars for the first time in their young careers.
To be eligible for Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least three full years at the collegiate level, participate in 50-percent of his team's competitive rounds, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I, 78.0 in Division II, 78.0 in NAIA and 79.0 in Division III, and maintain a minimum cumulative career grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
Coultas finished the year with a stroke-average of 70.45, posted five top-five finishes and one tournament win (Matlock Collegiate Classic), was named as a GCAA first-team all-American, and earned GCAA all-South Region honors. He helped the Mocs to a third-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Division II Championship, and was also named as a CoSIDA/Google Cloud Academic all-American. Coultas graduated from Florida Southern in May with a 3.88 cumulative grade-point average as a business administration major.
J. VanDerLaan wrapped up his college career by winning the 2018 NCAA Division II individual national championship, earning the Jack Nicklaus Award as the top player at the Division II level, and was a first-team all-American. He also earned Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year honors, was a CoSIDA/Google Cloud Academic all-American, and posted a stroke average of 69.05 while winning seven individual tournament titles, including both the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional and NCAA National Championship. He earned his degree in business administration with a 3.65 career GPA.
Anderson's first career GCAA All-America scholar honors came after a strong season in which he posted a stroke average of 73.58 and finished in the top-15 in two different tournaments. A business major, Anderson also holds a career GPA of 3.33 and is a two-time SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient.
M. VanDerLaan finished the year with a stroke average of 72.78 and posted a season-best fourth-place finish at the Copperhead Championship during the Fall semester. A three-time member of the SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll, he was also an NCAA Division II Academic Achievement Award winner as a sophomore. He boasts a GPA of 3.75 as a business administration major.
A new record number of student-athletes earned All-America Scholar status including 267 in Division I, 126 in Division II and 23 in NAIA. Additionally, 62 honorees were added to the previously released Division III Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars.