Athlete of the Week: Shawn Coultoff, West Orange boys golf

Shawn Coultoff, a Florida State commit and No. 1 ranked 2025 boys golfer in the state, was lights out on the FSGA Junior tour and for West Orange High in 2023.

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West Orange High junior and Florida State boys golf commit Shawn Coultoff is the top-ranked 2025 golfer in Florida and the 98th-ranked junior golfer in the country, according to the American Junior Golf Association ranking. 

In 2023, Coultoff had three top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish in the Arnold Palmer Invitational Junior, and to start the new year he finished second in the FJT Florida State University tournament. The Warriors golfer also won the Florida State Golf Association Junior Amateur championships in 2022.


Age: 17 

Sport: Golf 

Grade: Junior 

School: West Orange High 

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How does it feel to be named Athlete of the Week? 

It feels good. It’s nice to be recognized. 

What do you like the most about playing golf? 

I enjoy being outside, traveling for tournaments and meeting different players from around the world. And hitting “bombs” with my driver. 

What is your goal for this season, for yourself and the team? 

My goal is to win and see improvement throughout my game. Get myself ready for FSU in 2025. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned from golf? 

I’ve learned patience, etiquette and that working hard is necessary and will pay off.

Who is your favorite golfer and why? 

Joaquin Niemann. We look alike, have similar swings, and we are always in contention.

Favorite golf memory? 

My third shot on the last hole at the FSGA Junior Amateur. I had a big lead already, but there were a lot of people watching, including several college coaches. It felt good to seal the deal.

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What’s your go-to pregame meal? 

Buffalo Chicken Pub Sub.

What is your go-to pregame hype song? 

I put it on shuffle and see what happens.

What is your favorite non-golf hobby? 

Playing tennis or percussion.

What is your favorite subject in school?

Photography. I like the process (and) learning Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Pro.

What are three things you would take with you to a deserted island? 

Depends if I am trying to just survive or if I am trying to have fun. To survive, I would bring a knife, a lighter and some clothes. 

If I am there to have fun, I would bring a massive Bluetooth speaker with my phone, buffalo sauce and a picture of the people I care about.

What is your favorite movie? 

“Cars.” It’s addicting. 

Who is your favorite superhero? 

I’m not into superheroes.

Who is your favorite supervillain? 

Jackson Storm in “Cars” — if you count him as a supervillain.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why? 

Super strength. I could do anything.

If you could have dinner with one person — dead or alive — who would it be?

An ancient Egyptian. I want to know how they built the pyramids.

If you could go back in time to a specific period in history, when and where would you go? 

The Jurassic era. Dinosaurs are cool.

If you could ask your future self a question, what would it be? 

Did I win — in golf and life?

Looking back, what piece of advice would you give your 10-year-old self? 

Enjoy the moment. Try not to dwell on what happens. Try not to predict the future.

If you could travel to three places in the world, where would you go and why? 

Australia, because I want to see a koala. Iceland, because there are puffins. And I want to go to Augusta, Georgia, (to) play at Augusta National. 

If you could be an animal for a day, which one would you be? 

A bear, so my life would be eating fish and sleeping.

What is your most controversial food take? 

I don’t like rice, and buffalo sauce belongs on everything.

Does pineapple belong on pizza? 




Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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