CONOVER, N.C. - Florida Southern's John Coultas added another postseason honor to his collection here Wednesday evening at the conclusion of the stroke play portion of the 2015 Division II National Championships at Rock Barn Golf & Spa as he was named as the recipient of the Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award presented by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation in Division II men's golf.
Coultas, who is a native of Valrico, Fla., becomes just the second Moccasin men's golfer to take home the Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award as Jude Eustaquio earned the award in 2008.
It was the second honor Coultas received on Wednesday evening as he was also named a First-Team PING All-American by the Golf Coaches Association of America.
"It means a lot to earn this award," Coultas said. "It shows that all the hard work I put into the year, all the countless hours on the range, putting and chipping and getting ready for all the tournaments paid off and it's an honor to be named."
Coultas earns his Phil Mickelson Freshman of the Year Award after after averaging a team-best 71.84 in 11 tournaments and 32 rounds of golf. He had four Top 5 finishes, including taking home medalist honors at the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational during the fall campaign as he shot a 10-under par 203 at the Country Club of Columbus in Columbus, Ga. He has had 17 rounds of par or better on the season, including a team season low round of 66 in the first round of the AFLAC/Cougar Invitational. Coultas, who was named a Second-Team All-Sunshine State Conference selection, was the Mocs top finisher in four of 11 tournaments and tied for fourth at this year's NCAA Division II National Championships.
The Moccasin is joined on the GCAA All-Freshman Team by his Moccasin teammate, John VanDerLaan, along with Simon Fraser's Chris Crisologo, USC Aiken's Axel Ostensson and Nova Southeastern's Priyanshua Singh.
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