12 Oct Capan Tied for Fifth, Eagles in Third After Day One of BMW Carolina Collegiate Invitational
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Sparked by a five under performance by Frankie Capan III (North Oaks, Minn./Northwest Christian HS/Alabama) on Monday, the FGCU men’s golf team sits in third place after the first two rounds of the BMW Carolina Collegiate Invitational hosted by Wofford and USC Upstate at the Carolina Country Club.
The Eagles led the tournament following a first round score of 282, but dropped down two spots after posting a 285 in the second round giving the Green and Blue a 36-hole total of 567. That score is tied as the ninth-best in program history. High Point leads the field overall with a score of 557 highlighted by a 272 in the second round. FGCU sits two strokes behind UCF and is three ahead of Jacksonville.
“We had several strong efforts today and were fairly consistent overall,” said head coach Andrew Danna. “We”ll work to clean up some of the mistakes going into Tuesday’s final round and are excited for another chance to compete.”
Of the scoring players for the Eagles, four finished among the top-20 on Monday. Capan shot par in the first round and fired a 67 in the second to tie for fifth (139). Pierre Viallaneix (Apopka, Fla./Winter Park HS/Western Carolina) stands tied for 11th (142), while Austin Cherichella (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona HS) and Jon Hopkins (Bishop’s Stortford, England/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) are each tied for 20th (144). Cherichella shot 69 in the first round for FGCU’s second low round of the day.
Both Lucas Fallotico (Cernusco Sul Naviglo, Italy/Istituto Comprensivo Aldo Moro Seregno) and Thomas Salanito (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) are both playing as individuals in the tournament. Fallotico sits tied for ninth (141) in his first collegiate tournament, while Salanito stands tied for 16th (143).
As a group, FGCU tied for the lead among the field with 38 birdies alongside Jacksonville. The Eagles also posted par on 113 holes which were the third most. Capan had 27 pars on the 36 holes, while Madsen and Fallotico led the team with 10 birdies.
Capan finished even in the first round with a pair of birdies cancelling out a pair of bogeys. He picked up in the second round with five birdies including four on his first nine holes.
Cherichella shot three under in the first round followed by Hopkins, who tallied an Eagle on No. 6, who was two under. Viallaneix also finished one under par in the first round to highlight the morning’s play.
In the second round, Viallaneix matched his score of 71 from the morning with five birdies to highlight the afternoon’s action.
Fallotico matched Capan’s low round for the Eagles on the day as he carded a 67 in the second round. He also had the most birdies for either round among the team with seven in second round.
Salanito also finished one under in the first round before finishing even in the second round.
Round three action will being at 8 AM on Tuesday morning with the Eagles set to start playing at 9:30 AM. Along with live stats through www.GolfStat.com, the third round will be streamed live through Gamekast featuring coverage of all 18 holes.
T5. Frankie Capan III – 72-67 – 139
T9. Lucas Fallotico (Individual) – 74-67 – 141
T11. Pierre Viallaneix – 71-71 – 142
T16. Thomas Salanito (individual) – 71-72 – 143
T20. Jon Hopkins – 70-74 – 144
T20. Austin Cherichella – 69-75 – 144
T38. Brady Madsen – 74-73 – 147
Carolina Collegiate Field:
1. High Point – 285-272-557
2. UCF – 284-281 – 565
3. FGCU – 282-285 – 567
4. Jacksonville – 289-281 – 570
5. VCU – 291-286 – 577
6. Connecticut – 289-292 – 581
7. Lipscomb – 294-288 – 582
8. Wofford – 295-293 – 588
T9. Western Carolina – 294-298 – 592
T9. USC Upstate – 299-293 – 592
T11. Charleston Southern – 311-284 – 595
T11. Winthrop – 300-295 – 595
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