Capan Tied for Second after Maridoe Collegiate Invitational First Round

Capan Tied for Second after Maridoe Collegiate Invitational First Round

CARROLLTON, Texas –  Frankie Capan III (North Oaks, Minn./Northwest Christian HS/Alabama) shot a two-under 70 to sit in second-place individually as the FGCU men’s golf team finished round one of the Meridoe Collegiate Invitational in sixth-place on Monday at the Maridoe Golf Club. The event features eight top-25 programs in the 15-team field including 2021 NCAA runner-up Oklahoma which finished day one on top of the team leaderboard.
As a team, FGCU shot 297 to sit two strokes behind fifth-place Baylor and three behind Texas and Arizona State who were tied for third. The Sooners shot 290 to lead the field, while Liberty sits in second after a day one score of 291.
“I’m happy for our team today; we hung in and battled on the back nine. It’s important going into tomorrow that we stay consistent and execute our game plan,” said head coach Andrew Danna. “On a golf course like this, it is important to stay patient. You have to execute your game plan and trust your process as you go through it.”
Capan’s score of 70 was just two strokes behind Liberty’s Connor Polender who finished with a four-under 68 for the day. Capan sits tied with Arizona State’s Cameron Sisk for second.
In his FGCU debut, Pierre Viallaneix (Apopka, Fla./Winter Park HS/Western Carolina) shot a three-over 75 to tie for 26th, while Austin Cherichella (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona HS) and Jon Hopkins (Bishop’s Stortford, England/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) are tied for 34th after shooting 76. Brady Madsen (Raymond, Minn./MacCray HS/Winona State) rounded out the quintet for the Eagles with a score of 78 which tied him for 55th in the 75 player field.
Capan had a strong front nine to start the day with four birdies putting him at four under (32) as he made the turn. He bounced back from a double bogey on No. 10 and a bogey on No. 11 by picking up a birdie on No. 12. After pars on the next three holes, he posted another birdie on No. 16 to take a share of the individual lead at three under. He salvaged a bogey on No. 17 with a par on No. 18 to stay tied for second.
Viallaneix recovered from a five-over on the front nine with a clean effort on the back end of the course. He picked up birdies on No. 13 and No. 17 to finish two-under on the back nine.
Cherichella and Hopkins each finished four-over on the front nine, but each finished even on the back side. Cherichella had three birdies on the back nine, while Hopkins erased a bogey on No. 12 with a birdie on No. 18 to finish the round.
Madsen shot two over on the front side but carded a double on No. 11 and a bogey on No. 13. He stayed par on the next four holes before finishing with a bogey on No. 18.
Overall, the Eagles closed the round on a strong note going one under as a group on the final four holes with five birdies.
The Eagles will resume action on Tuesday morning with Madsen set for an 8 AM CT (9 AM ET) start on hole No. 1 with Hopkins, Cherichella, Viallaneix and Capan teeing off in 10-minute increments afterwards. Television coverage will be provided by Golf Channel once again starting at 4 PM ET.
2021 Maridoe Collegiate Invitational (6/4/21 Rankings)
1 – #2 Oklahoma – 290
2 – #24 Liberty – 291
T3 – #11 Texas – 294
T3 – #5 Arizona State – 294
5 – #34 Baylor – 295
6 – #65 FGCU – 297

T7 – #13 Texas A&M – 298
T7 – #49 Ohio State – 298
T9 – #37 TCU – 299
T9 – #12 Texas Tech – 299
T11 – #18 SMU – 303
T11 – #63 North Texas – 303
13 – #9 Wake Forest – 305
14 – #75 USC – 309
15 – Howard – 342

FGCU Lineup

T2 – Frankie Capan III – 70

T26 – Pierre Viallaneix – 75

T34 – Austin Cherichella – 76

T34 – Jon Hopkins – 76

T55 – Brady Madsen – 78

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