The Dynamic Duo of FSC Men’s Golf
One NCAA Division II National Championship, three All-American awards each, over a handful of individual wins, John VanDerLaan and John Michael Coultas are the ultimate duo for the Florida Southern men’s golf team.
Both players have competed in every tournament of their college career and have won over four individual wins each, including a win at the regional tournament event before nationals by VanDerLaan last year.
Coultas was ranked first in Division II during his first two years of collegiate golf. VanDerLaan was ranked second during his junior and senior seasons.
VanDerlaan said the pair has competed back and forth since freshman year.
“Having the opportunity to play against Coultas every day at practice allows me the ability to measure my game against one of the best, not only in the conference, but in the country,” VanDerLaan said.
Both VanDerLaan and Coultas have finished in the top 20 in all four events this past fall season, including five top 10’s. VanDerLaan finished with two individual wins, finishing five and ten under par in the Copperhead Championship and the Miami Intercollegiate.
“I know if I’m playing my best and helping the team, then all my goals as an individual will take care of themselves,” VanDerLaan said. “I would love another national championship. Back-to-back titles would be an amazing way to finish my college career.”
VanDerLaan plans to move back home to Connecticut in the summer to work on his game, and then he plans to move back to Florida and compete to qualify for Web.com tour events.
Much like VanDerLaan, Coultas plans to utilize this summer to improve his game, all while making the most of his final months at FSC.
“I’m really looking forward to my last semester, competing and playing the best golf I can,” Coultas said. “There’s so much to look forward to for my future after college golf, but this last semester is very important and standing there at the end with the national championship with my team for the second year in a row is my goal.”
Coultas finished second in the NCAA National Championship with a 65 and 69 his first two rounds. Finishing the third round with a four over par 76, Coultas said he was disappointed in himself ; but had to focus on for the match to come against Lynn for the team to win the championship.
Much like VanDerLaan and Coultas, head coach Doug Gordin will also see his career at FSC come to a close following the completion of this season. Gordin has led the program to 13 national titles, and he is looking forward to his final season and chance for one more title.
“My goal is to try and enjoy every moment, good or bad play because I will never have the chance to coach again,” Gordin said. “VanDerLaan and Coultas have been huge assets to the team, and I want them to have the chance to win on the last day of each tournament and enjoy their last year of college golf.”
The men’s golf team is competing in the Matlock Collegiate Classic this week. The team is in first at 20 under par and VanDerLaan and Coultas are tied for first place individually at ten under par after the first two rounds.