Coultas Wins Medalist Honors at Guy Harvey Invitational, Mocs Place Third as a Team

Coultas Wins Medalist Honors at Guy Harvey Invitational, Mocs Place Third as a Team

PALM BEACH GARDENS - Florida Southern sophomore All-American John Coultas fired a 5-under 67 in the final round here Tuesday afternoon to climb nine spots up the leaderboard and take home medalist honors at the Guy Harvey Invitational hosted by Nova Southeastern University and held on the Champion course at PGA National Golf Club.

The medalist honor for Coultas was his first of the season and second of his collegiate career as he also won medalist honors at last fall's AFLAC/Cougar Invitational. In addition, he is also the first Moccasin men's golfer to win medalist honors at the Guy Harvey Invitational, which began in 2006. 

Coultas, who entered the final round sitting in a tie for ninth place after shooting a 1-under 143 through the first 36 holes, used his final round 67 to finish the 54 hole event with a 6-under par 210 to outpace runner-up Graham McAree from Indianapolis by three shots. McAree shot a final round 71 to push his final total to a 3-under 213 for 54 holes. 

The final round 67 by Coultas was the Valrico, Fla., native's second lowest round of the 2015 season and he fired a 7-under 65 in the second round of the Saint Leo Invitational held on Sept. 28 at Lake Jovita. 

Thanks to Coultas' performance, the 8th-ranked Moccasins jumped six spots up the final leaderboard as they shot an even-par 288 in Tuesday's final round to finish in third place out of 18 teams overall with a 10-over par team score of 874 for 54 holes. The Mocs final round score of 288 was the lowest of the third round of all the teams. FSC fired rounds of 291, 295 and 288 in the event. 

This year's Guy Harvey Invitational featured 10 nationally ranked teams in the latest Bushnell/Golfweek Division II Coaches' Poll. 

Saint Leo, who is ranked 11th, took home the team title as the Lions shot a final round 293 to finish with an even-par 864 for 54 holes. SLU was the leader after Monday's first day of action after shooting back-to-back rounds of 286 and 285. 

West Florida, who is ranked 10th, shot a final round 289 to climb six spots up the leaderboard and finish as the tournament's runner-up with a 7-over par 871 for 54 holes. UWF opened the tournament by shooting rounds of 287 and 295 on Monday. 

Barry, Flagler and Lynn, who were each tied for second after Monday's opening two rounds, struggled in Tuesday's final round as third-ranked Barry shot a 298 to finish sixth with a 12-over 876, while ninth-ranked Flagler shot a 312 to fall into a tied for 10th place with a 26-over par 890 and fifth-ranked Lynn shot a final round 303 to finish seventh overall with a 17-over par 881.

Top-ranked Nova Southeastern and Johnson & Wales tied for fourth overall as they each shot 11-over par 875's for 54 holes. NSU shot a final round 296 and Johnson & Wales fired a final round 294.

North Alabama's Forest Knight and Saint Leo's Joey Savoie, who were the individual leaders in the clubhouse after Monday's action, struggled in Tuesday's final round as Knight shot an 80 to finish tied for 16th overall with a 3-over 219 for 54 holes, while Savoie carded a final round 76 to fall into a tie for sixth place with a 1-under 215 for 54 holes. 

Coultas and McAree were just two of the 12 golfers that shot par or better for 54 holes on the recently redesigned 7,045-yard Champion course at PGA National. 

Along with Coultas, sophomore Jimmy Jones (Tampa, Fla.) followed up his 1-under 143 for 36 holes on Monday with a final round 74 to finish tied for 13th with a 1-over 217 for 54 holes. Jones fired scores of 70 and 73 on Monday. 

The third counter on Tuesday for the Mocs was sophomore John VanDerLaan (Southbury, Conn.) as he jumped 14 spots up the leaderboard after carding a final round 72 to finish with a 3-over 219 for 54 holes. VanDerLaan shot rounds of 73 and 74 respectively on Monday. 

FSC's final counter on Tuesday was freshman Christian Anderson (Ocala, Fla.) as he rebounded with a final round 75 to finish in a tie for 80th with a 233 for 54 holes. Anderson opened the event with rounds of 80 and 78 on Monday. 

Freshman Michael VanDerLaan (Southbury, Conn.) shot a final round 81 to finish in a tie for 83rd place with a 234 for 54 holes. VanDerLaan, who made his collegiate debut at the Guy Harvey Invitational, shot rounds of 76 and 77 in Monday's first two rounds.

FSC also had one individual performer competing at the Guy Harvey Invitational as redshirt freshman Grant Lovell (Ocala, Fla.) shot a final round 88 to finish in a tie for 92nd place with a 241 for 54 holes. Lovell, who was also playing in his first collegiate tournament, shot rounds of 76 and 77 on Monday. 

The Moccasins' will now take nearly two weeks off before returning to action on Oct. 26-27 as they compete at the McDonough Cup hosted by Rollins College and held at Rio Pinar Golf Club in Orlando.