John VanDerLaan may have gotten off to a slow start at the Matlock Collegiate Classic on Monday but, as many golfers slowed during the afternoon round at Lone Palm, the Florida Southern senior got even better.

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LAKELAND — John VanDerLaan may have gotten off to a slow start at the Matlock Collegiate Classic on Monday but, as many golfers slowed during the afternoon round at Lone Palm, the Florida Southern senior got even better.

VanDerLaan set a tournament record, firing a 29 on the front nine. That start helped him soar from 11th to 1st in the individual standings, tying teammate John Coultas at 9-under. That duo helped stake Florida Southern to a 5-shot lead over second-place Barry with the final round set to be played today.

“It just helps playing here every day,” VanDerLaan said. “You know that you can make birdie on every hole out here. I knew that — it was playing easy today, not a lot of wind, good weather — so I needed to make a lot of birdies in order to get myself in position to win the tournament, which is what I want to do.”

While it was VanDerLaan who finished hot for Florida Southern on Monday, it was Coultas who got off to a strong start. The senior opened with a 7-under 65 to take the individual lead after the first round. He finished with with seven birdies and an eagle.

Coultas has a shot at being the third golfer to repeat as the individual Matlock champion. Players on that list include Barry’s Adam Svensson (2014 and 2015), Florida Southern’s Steve Sokol (2001 and 2002) and Florida State’s Bobby Cochran (1993 and 1994).

Former Moccasin Greg Koch won the tournament in non-consecutive years in 2004 and 2006.

“We played a lot