29 Oct Men’s Golf Concludes Fall Season at White Sands Bahamas Invitational
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s golf team will close out the fall campaign in style as the Eagles begin the White Sands Bahamas Invitational on Friday morning at the Ocean Club Golf Course on Paradise Island. The event will run three days for the 54-holes and will feature five top-60 programs in the field.
Hosted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Bahamas Invitational will begin on Friday morning at 8 AM with a shotgun start. Live scoring will be available through www.GolfStat.com.
The Eagles enter the weekend ranked No. 68 in the first GolfStat national rankings of the year. FGCU has finished second in its last two tournaments – The Graeme McDowell Invitational and the BMW Collegiate Invitational.
Austin Cherichella (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona HS) and Brady Madsen (Raymond, Minn./MacCray HS/Winona State) are leading the Eagles overall this year with 73.11 scoring averages through nine rounds played. Lucas Fallotico (Cernusco Sul Naviglo, Italy/Istituto Comprensivo Aldo Moro Seregno) played in the BMW Collegiate Invitational where he averaged 71.33 strokes per round.
Pierre Viallaneix (Apopka, Fla./Winter Park HS/Western Carolina) and Jon Hopkins (Bishop’s Stortford, England/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) will round out the scoring squad for the Eagles. Viallaniex tied for seventh at the BMW Invitational to lead the Eagles and has a 73.67 scoring average this season. Hopkins is averaging 74.11 strokes per round this season.
Henry Tschopp (Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland/Western Texas College/Dodge City CC) will make his first appearance of the season as an individual alongside Thomas Salanito (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic), who holds a 73.67 scoring average this season, who will be playing in his third tournament of the season.
Following the Bahamas Invitational, the Eagles will be off until returning to competition on Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Sea Best Invitational hosted by Jacksonville.
1. Brady Madsen
2. Austin Cherichella
3. Pierre Viallaneix
4. Jon Hopkins
5. Lucas Fallotico
Thomas Salanito (Individual)
Henry Tschopp (Individual)
White Sands Bahamas Invitational Field:
#54 Arkansas Little Rock (host)
#196 Bowling Green
#24 East Tennessee State
#123 Florida Atlantic
#68 Florida Gulf Coast University
#28 San Francisco
#21 South Florida
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Danna just finished his second year at the helm of the FGCU men’s golf program leading the Eagles to a second place finish at the ASUN Championship. One of the best turnarounds in NCAA history saw the Green and Blue, led by Van Holmgren who became the first player to earn PING All-Region honors, jump from No. 257 in the final 2019-20 GolfStat.com rankings to a program-best 65 to close out 2020-21. Before taking over in Fort Myers, he served the 2018-19 season as the assistant at LSU. Prior to that he was the ultra-successful head coach for six years at Lynn University where he led them to the 2018 NCAA Division II national championship and was, subsequently, chosen the David Williams National Coach of the Year. He also led the Fighting Knights to three national runner-up placements, with a third and eighth place finish in his other two seasons.
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