Player: John Souza

2015-John Souza
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
University: University of Colorado
Area of Study: Economics
Expected Graduation: 2017
Soldier Honored: Robert J. Zangas

  • Earned first-team NJCAA Division II All-American honors, and was awarded the coveted Phil Mickelson Outstanding Freshman Award presented by the Phil and Amy Mickelson Foundation.

  • He claimed medalist honors three times in 2014-15, winning the Firestorm JC Invitational (69-70—139), the Glendale CC Invitational (67-70—137) and the Chandler-Gilbert CC Invitational (69-66—135).

  • Overall, he had seven top 10 finishes 14'-15', including fourth in the Division II Region 1 Championship, and only finished outside the top 10 three times.

  • GolfStat had him ranked him as the No. 1 golfer for the bulk of the year in the Division II and III levels combined (he eventually finished 29th, the 12th freshman).

  • At one point, he was 42nd in the GolfStat Cup, a composite ranking of all collegiate golfers in all divisions, NCAA, NAIA and junior college; he still finished 229th (CU sophomore Jeremy Paul was 219th).

  • His stroke average the season of 14'-15' was an impressive 70.8 and he was 38-27 individually against the nation’s top 100 players.

  • Under Andy Walker, the national coach of the year, South Mountain claimed the NJCAA Division II title in a 15-stroke rout; Souza tied for 38th in that event (294, +6) in the 119-man field.

  • Patriot Podcast with Souza

Honored Soldier: Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Robert J. Zangas

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