Coultas, Florida Southern win Matlock Collegiate Classic titles – The Ledger
John Coultas led wire-to-wire and repeated as the individual champion as the Mocs won their first Matlock team title since 2008.
Brady Fredericksen @brady_fred
LAKELAND — It was the last time Doug Gordin would ever have to tally up the teams’ scorecards on the wall outside the clubhouse at Lone Palm. It was the last time he’d watch his Florida Southern golfers steadily make their way up the fairway on No. 18.
It was the last time he’d watch one of them claim the Matlock Collegiate Classic title.
Gordin will retire at the end of the season, and when he returns to the Matlock next year, he’ll do so as a spectator.
But on Tuesday, senior John Coultas led wire-to-wire and repeated as the individual champion as the Mocs won their first Matlock team title since 2008 with a 29-under par.
“It’s a great feat to win this tournament and to do it my last year,” Gordin said, choking up as he cradled the glass trophy. “That’s all I’m going to say.”
The championship is Florida Southern’s eighth at the Matlock, its seventh since Gordin took over in 1995. The Mocs trailed Barry after the first round on Monday but regained the lead, behind a big second round from John VanDerLaan.
The Mocs ended Monday with a 5-shot lead over the Buccaneers and were able to add to it Tuesday. VanDerLaan cooled off with an even-par 72, but Coultas surged with a 6-under (66) in the final round.
Walking up the fairway on No. 18, Coultas knew he had it won. The senior finished at 15-under with a 201 — just one shot off the tournament record — as he repeated as champion for the first time since Barry’s Adam Svensson did it in 2014 and 2015.
Coultas is the first Moccasin to repeat as champion