MELBOURNE, FL – Florida Southern's Max Coutsolioutsos has been selected as the 2019 Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year in men's golf in voting conducted by the league's 11 head coaches. Coutsolioutsos is the sixth Moccasin to win that award since it became part of the men's golf postseason honors in 1997, and also earned a spot on the All-SSC Second Team.
Joining the Moccasins this season from The Out-of-Door Academy in Sarasota, Florida, Coutsolioutsos currently leads the team with a 73.56 stroke average while playing in all 11 events. He is tied for the team lead with two top-five and three top-10 finishes, and also won the Moccasins' dual match with Columbia University with a one-over-par 145. His best performance though came in the Matlock Collegiate Classic where he finished second in a field of 75 with a seven-under-par 209 (66-70-73), earning him SSC Men's Golfer of the Week honors.
Coutsolioutsos also had a ninth-place finish in a field of 90 at the Newberry College Invitational and had another top-20 finish at the Sunshine State Conference Championships. He is now No. 6 nationally among freshmen in the Golfstat individual rankings, though two of those ahead of him played only the spring semester.
As the sixth Moccasin to earn SSC Freshman-of-the-Year honors, Coutsolioutsos is now on a list that includes previous winners Jeff Klauk (1997), Steve Paramore (2000), Greg Koch (2004), Jude Eustaquio (2008), and John VanDerLaan (2015). Florida Southern has had more freshmen-of-the-year than any other school in the conference.
Winning the league's other two major individual awards were Barry's Jorge Garcia as the SSC Golfer of the Year and Jimmy Stobs as a the SSC Coach of the Year.
Coutsolioutsos and the Moccasins are expected to receive word Friday evening that their season will be continuing in the NCAA South/Southeast Super Regional Tournament, which is being hosted by Rollins College in Howey-In-The-Hills, May 9-11.
For the complete All-Sunshine State Conference Men's Golf Team, click here.