Welcome to the new and improved official website of Michael VanDerLaan. During the last few weeks, I have been hard at work, revamping and updating all of the information you find here and creating a place that is all things Michael the professional golfer.
For those of you that have been following me for years, welcome back. For those of you who are new to the community and to the team, thanks for coming on board! I am at the beginning of a very exciting chapter in my life that I am so excited to share with everyone. Now that the sports world is starting to come out of its COVID hibernation, I am getting ready to restart my chase for a PGA Tour card.
Since it’s been a while, let me fill everyone in on what’s been happening in my life. Following my victory at the NCAA Division 2 National Championship in 2019, I turned pro. My early days as a professional golfer were met with some success, and I immediately realized that I was doing exactly what I was always meant to do. That was a little over a year ago. In that span, I moved to Florida, began playing a heavier tournament schedule, and knocking on the door to earn my first start on the Korn Ferry Tour. And then COVID swept the globe.
In March I moved back home with my parents. I spent 3 months at home, practicing a bit but more often resting and letting my body heal. During my time in Florida, when I was doubling as both a player and a caddy at Streamsong Resort, I developed a number of minor injuries that required some time and attention. By the time I left home again in June, I was healed up and ready to go.
On June 13th, I began working as an assistant golf professional at Sunnybrook Golf Club in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania. I am still at Sunnybrook now, wrapping up my last few weeks before I head back down to Florida for the winter. At Sunnybrook, I have had the chance to work alongside some wonderful people. I have made new friends, and learned a lot about the golf industry and myself. The whole experience has really helped me to grow.
At the end of October, I will be moving to Jacksonville to work on my game throughout the winter. I will be living with my best friend, Hannah Berman, and basing out of Sawgrass Country Club. It is a 27 hole championship golf facility that hosted the Players before TPC Sawgrass was built.
Moving forward, I will be providing periodic updates to keep you all informed about my life and what I am doing to move toward my goals. If you are interested in becoming a more active member of my team, I am always looking for partners to share my journey. You can find my GoFundMe page through the “Fundraising” tab in the menu, or send me a message via the “Contact” section.
Thanks for following along and supporting my journey, it’s going to be a wild ride!
Michael VanDerLaan is a professional golfer from Southbury, Connecticut. He is currently competing on mini tours throughout the United States and chasing his goal of being the world's number 1 ranked golfer. Michael currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida.