2017-18 Florida Southern Men's Golf News

  • Florida Southern Captures 2017-18 SSC Men’s and Women’s Mayors’ Cups
    May 22, 2018
    MELBOURNE, FL – Florida Southern College has won the 2017-18 men’s and women’s Sunshine State Conference Mayors’ Cups. The wins mark the 10th time an institution has won both Mayors’ Cups in the same academic year.
  • Second-Round Score of -5 Puts Florida Southern in the Top Tier With One Round of Stroke Play Remaining at National Finals
    May 22, 2018
    MUSCLE SHOALS, AL – With one round remaining in the stroke play portion of the 2018 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championships, there is a little bit of a gap between the top eight teams in the tournament, and the bottom 12. The top eight, of course, move on to medal play Thursday, and the rest will be sent home. Florida Southern is far enough ahead of the curve (25 shots ahead to be precise) that advancement is a near-certainty, but as head coach Doug Gordin continues to remind his team, there is still the need to improve every day no matter the score.
  • Three Moccasins Land on GCAA All-South Region Men's Golf Team
    May 22, 2018
    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.
  • Florida Southern One of Five Teams to Break Par on Day One of NCAA Men’s Golf Championships; Mocs’ -7 is Good For Third
    May 21, 2018
    MUSCLE SHOALS, AL – Florida Southern’s opening round score of -7 was a good start to the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships, though head coach Doug Gordin didn’t call it a great one since another team was still leading. Make no mistake, he’s not playing for second, and it’s that type of perspective that has driven the Moccasins to six previous national titles in his tenure, and has them in position to win another one. Their opening-round score is also a reminder of how good the competition is this year, and it provides a point of emphasis when Gordin talks about what the Moccasins will need to do over the next four days in order for them to repeat as champions.
  • Gordin Named Finalist for Division II National Coach-of-the-Year
    May 21, 2018
    FORT WORTH, TX - Division II finalists for the Dave Williams Award, presented by Golf Pride Grips, have been announced by the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America), and Florida Southern’s Doug Gordin is one of the final five. The Williams Award honors the national coach of the year in Division II men’s golf, and is named for former University of Houston head coach Dave Williams, who led the Cougars to 16 national championships from 1952-87.
  • Defending National Champion Moccasins Open Play at NCAA Division II Men's Golf Finals on Monday
    May 19, 2018
    The 2018 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championships begin Monday morning in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and there is no shortage of storylines for the Florida Southern Moccasins, who are making their 39th trip to the national finals, the most of any D-II team in the country. In addition to the usual title race that every team is running, the Mocs go into this year’s tournament with the label of defending national champion with a five-man roster that is nearly identical to the one that brought home the banner in 2017. The finals will also bring to a close the careers of two of the most decorated players in team history, as well as that of head coach Doug Gordin, who is retiring after nearly 40 years as a college golf coach, including the last 23 at Florida Southern.
  • John VanDerLaan Named Finalist for Division II Jack Nicklaus National Player-of-the-Year Award for the Second Year in a Row
    May 17, 2018
    NORMAN, OK – For the second year in a row, John VanDerLaan has made the list of finalists for the Division II Jack Nicklaus National Player-of-the-Year Award. The senior from Southbury, Connecticut is currently the number one player in the Division II Golfstat rankings and will have one more opportunity to strengthen his case for the award at next week’s national championships.
  • Coultas Qualifies for US Open Sectionals
    May 17, 2018
    WINTER HAVEN, FL – Florida Southern senior John Coultas has qualified for the 2018 US Open Sectionals after shooting a four-under-par 68 on Thursday at the Country Club of Winter Haven. That score was good for second in the qualifying tournament and made him one of four golfers moving on to the next round. There were over 8,500 golfers nationwide competing to be among the 500 who advance.
  • Men’s Golf Team Headed Back to National Finals as John VanDerLaan Goes Back-to-Back for Individual Region Crown
    May 09, 2018
    CONOVER, NC – One day after posting one of the lowest rounds they have ever had in an NCAA postseason tournament, the Florida Southern Moccasins went even lower, and one year after winning his first individual regional crown, senior John VanDerLaan added another. With the Moccasins posting a team score of 10-under-par 274, and VanDerLaan pulling away on the back nine to win by three strokes, Florida Southern finished the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional as runner-up and the defending national champions are headed back to the finals.
  • The Climb Continues as Moccasins Move up to Second on Day Two of NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional
    May 08, 2018
    CONOVER, NC – Just prior to the start of Tuesday morning’s second round of the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional, Florida Southern head coach Doug Gordin stated what he thought the Moccasins needed to do on the front nine of Rock Barn Golf Club in order to make their move. It was more than just a statement, or prediction of what might occur. It seemed more like an emphatic statement from a coach who knew exactly what his team was capable of doing. A minus-three at the turn would put the Mocs in good shape for the rest of the day, and not only did they meet those expectations after nine holes, they continued to exceed them the way all the way through 18, and will head into Wednesday’s final round tied for second place and just two shots from the lead.
  • Late Surge Pushes Florida Southern into Fifth Place After First Round of NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional
    May 07, 2018
    CONOVER, NC – There was much discussion early among the Florida Southern coaching staff about the pluses and minuses of opening the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional on the back nine of Rock Barn Golf Club rather than the front. The consensus seemed to be that it was better to start where they were with a favorable front nine coming later in the afternoon. What a difference it turned out to be and that difference sent the Moccasins soaring up the standings as the sun got lower.
  • Defending National Champion Men's Golf Team Begins NCAA Postseason Play on Monday
    May 05, 2018
    The defending national champion Florida Southern men’s golf team is in North Carolina this week to take part in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional at Rock Barn Country Club in Conover. Lenoir-Rhyne University is serving as host for the regional tournament that features ten teams from the South Region and ten from the Southeast along with eight individual qualifiers. The top seven teams and two best individuals not with one of those seven teams will advance to the NCAA Division II National Finals. Live stats can be found here or through NCAA.com.
  • John VanDerLaan Repeats as SSC Men’s Golfer-of-the-Year and Joins John Coultas as 4-Time All-SSC Selections
    May 04, 2018
    MELBOURNE, FL – For the third year in a row, the Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golfer-of-the-Year is a Moccasin, and for the second year in succession, that award goes to senior John VanDerLaan. Joining him as a First Team All-SSC selection is senior John Coultas, the 2016 SSC Men’s Golfer-of-the-Year. Both are on the All-SSC team for the fourth time in their respective careers.
  • Final Regular Season Men's Golf Poll: West Florida, Florida Southern & Nova Remain 1-2-3 Headed into NCAA Postseason Play
    May 04, 2018
    NORMAN, OK – Florida Southern remained in the number two position in the final regular season Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll released on Friday, May 4. The University of West Florida remained at the top of the rankings, marking the sixth consecutive poll in which the Moccasins and Argonauts have been 1-2.
  • John Coultas and John VanDerLaan Again Named Semifinalists for Jack Nicklaus National Player-of-the-Year Award
    May 03, 2018
    NORMAN, OK – For the second year in a row, not one, but two Florida Southern Moccasins are among the 30 golfers named as semifinalists for the 2018 Division II Jack Nicklaus National Player-of-the-Year Award, which was announced Thursday, May 3 by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Making the list from Florida Southern were seniors John Coultas and John VanDerLaan, and nine of the 30 golfers were from the Sunshine State Conference.
  • Florida Southern Seeded Second for NCAA Division II Men's Golf Super Regional
    April 27, 2018
    INDIANAPOLIS – For the 41st year in a row, the Florida Southern men’s golf team has been selected for the NCAA Tournament with the defending national champions earning the No. 2 seed from the South Region. It will be the Moccasins’ 46th trip to the NCAA Tournament overall, and their 23rd in 23 seasons under retiring head coach Doug Gordin. Serving as host for the South/Southeast Super Regional is Lenoir-Rhyne University, with the tournament being played at Rock Barn Country Club (Jones Course) in Conover, North Carolina.
  • Florida Southern Finishes 15-Under at SSC Men’s Golf Championships but Tournament Scoring Record Gives SSC Title to Florida Tech
    April 24, 2018
    DAVIE, FL – The way Florida Southern was playing Monday and Tuesday at the Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golf Championships, it was going to take something truly amazing to beat the Moccasins, and Florida Tech found a way to do it. The Panthers set a single-round tournament scoring record Tuesday afternoon with a -16, tied the total tournament scoring record at 19-under-par, and came from behind to finish four shots ahead of Florida Southern for the first men’s golf championship in team history.
  • Florida Southern Takes the Lead at SSC Men’s Golf Championships Before Rain Suspends Play in Round Two
    April 23, 2018
    DAVIE – Rain continued to wreak havoc at the Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golf Championships, forcing the teams to start and stop all morning long and into the afternoon. After three separate delays, and with only half of round two complete, play was finally suspended late Monday afternoon, but not before Florida Southern had taken the lead by one shot over Barry.
  • Rain-Delayed Opening Round Wraps up With Florida Southern Third & Coultas Tied for First at SSC Men's Golf Championships
    April 22, 2018
    DAVIE, FL – Day one of the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golf Championships took a little longer to complete than originally planned, but Florida Southern rode it out, and then rode under-par scores by senior John Coultas and freshman Jacob Penny into third place at the end of day. With Coultas tied for the individual lead at three-under par 68, and Penny in the top-10 as well, the 2nd-ranked Moccasins are just four shots back of 5th-ranked Florida Tech, and two behind 4th-ranked Barry.
  • Postseason Play Begins for Men's Golf Team at 2018 Sunshine State Conference Championships
    April 21, 2018
    Following one of the best regular seasons in team history, Florida Southern embarks on its final postseason tour under retiring head coach Doug Gordin this week as the 2nd-ranked Moccasins open play in the 2018 Sunshine State Conference Men’s Golf Championships. This year’s tournament is being played at Grande Oaks Golf Club in Davie with Nova Southeastern University serving as host. The only previous time the SSC Championships were held there in 2010, the Moccasins won the league title with a score of -17 before going on to win the NCAA Division II National Championship.
  • April 20 Men's Golf Poll Has Florida Southern No. 2 with Seven SSC Schools in the Top-15
    April 20, 2018
    NORMAN, OK – There was little change in the top-10 of the April 20 Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll, with only a mild re-shuffling of the order that still has West Florida and Florida Southern ranked 1-2 as they head to their respective conference tournaments this weekend.
  • White Named Finalist for Jan Strickland Award, Given to Nation's Top Assistant Men's Golf Coach
    April 18, 2018
    NORMAN, OK - Florida Southern assistant men’s golf coach Lee White has been named a finalist for the Jan Strickland Award, presented annually to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, or NJCAA assistant coach that has excelled in working with their student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom. Of the six national finalists, White is the only one this year from a non-Division I school.
  • Men's Golf SSC Player-of-the-Week Award Goes to John VanDerLaan Again
    April 09, 2018
    MELBOURNE, FL – John VanDerLaan has added another Sunshine State Conference Player-of-the-Week award to his collection as the senior from Southbury, Connecticut earned that honor for the fifth time this season and the seventh time in his career. This occasion comes following another playoff win at The Battle at the Shores hosted by Barry University, in which VanDerLaan and fellow senior All-American John Coultas led Florida Southern to a one-shot win over Lynn.
  • Florida Southern and Lynn Battle to the Final Hole as Mocs Win Battle at the Shores by One Shot; John VanDerLaan Takes Individual Title in Playoff vs. Coultas
    April 03, 2018
    MIAMI BEACH, FL – In the final tournament of the regular season, last year’s national champion and national runner-up geared up for another postseason run with a back-and-forth battle that wasn’t decided until the final hole. When it was, 2nd-ranked Florida Southern had come out one shot ahead of 7th-ranked Lynn at -13, and two Moccasin senior All-Americans were headed to a playoff for the individual title. On that extra hole, John VanDerLaan edged John Coultas with an eagle for his fifth win of the season.
  • Pair of 66s by John VanDerLaan and Anderson’s Late Eagle Help Mocs go 10-Under and Take Two-Shot Lead Over Lynn in The Battle at the Shores
    April 02, 2018
    MIAMI BEACH, FL – John VanDerLaan turned in a pair of 66s Monday to open up a five-stroke lead for the individual title, and a late second-round eagle by Christian Anderson helped propel Florida Southern to a two-shot lead in the team standings on day one of The Battle at the Shores.
  • West Florida, Florida Southern Still the Top Two in March 30 Men's Golf National Poll
    March 30, 2018
    NORMAN, OK – Heading into their final tournament of the regular season, the Florida Southern Moccasins remained No. 2 in the March 30 Bushnell Golfweek Division II Coaches Poll. West Florida still holds the top position, marking the sixth straight poll in which the Argonauts have been No. 1, and the fourth where West Florida and Florida Southern have been 1-2.
  • Florida Southern Inducts Five New Hall of Famers
    March 23, 2018
    LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College inducted five new members to its Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday evening during its 16th annual Hall of Fame Banquet at Jenkins Field House. The five-member class included Pete Meyer (baseball), Jordan McAfee (volleyball), Matt Stauch (men's golf), Mary O'Sullivan (women's swimming), and David Jenkins (honorary).
  • Second Straight Playoff for VanDerLaan Gives Moccasin Senior Fourth Win of the Season; FSC Finishes Fourth as a Team at Bobcat Invitational
    March 20, 2018
    EATONTON, GA – For the second week in a row, Florida Southern’s John VanDerLaan ended up in a playoff for medalist honors at another tournament where the competition was the best of the best in Division II men’s golf. This one didn’t go nearly as long as the first one did, but it resulted in a win for VanDerLaan who parred two playoff holes to defeat South Carolina-Aiken’s Johnson Holliday for his fourth win of the season and eighth of his career.
  • John VanDerLaan Wins Fourth SSC Player-of-the-Week Award This Season
    March 19, 2018
    MELBOURNE, FL – For the second week in a row, the fourth time this year, and the sixth time in his career, Florida Southern’s John VanDerLaan has been selected as the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week in men’s golf.
  • Top Two Mocs on Monday are VanDerLaans; Florida Southern in Third After Two Rounds of Bobcat Invitational
    March 19, 2018
    EATONTON, GA – With John VanDerLaan putting together two rounds in the 60s, and Michael VanDerLaan carding a pair of 71s, 2nd-ranked Florida Southern finished the first day of the Bobcat Invitational in third place and within striking distance of tournament-leading No. 14 South Carolina-Aiken. The Moccasins’ total score of 564 on the par-70 course at Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee put them seven shots behind the Pacers, and three behind second-place Barry.
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