Men’s Golf Jumps Three Spots After Round Two of Bahamas Invitational

Men’s Golf Jumps Three Spots After Round Two of Bahamas Invitational

PARADISE ISLAND, BahamasBrady Madsen shot 68 and Jon Hopkins fired a 79 on Saturday in the second round of the White Sands Bahamas Invitational helping the FGCU men’s golf team move up three spots into seventh place. The Eagles posted a team score of 282, the third lowest of the day and six under par, to sit even overall despite a day where the teams also had to battle weather elements moving across the island.
Ole Miss (559) took over the top spot on the team leaderboard followed by host Arkansas Little Rock (567). The Eagles (576) are two strokes behind Jacksonville and six strokes from third-place San Francisco heading into Sunday’s final round.
“I thought we cleaned up some of the mistakes from yesterday and played well,” said head coach Andrew Danna. “We’ll look to put our best round together tomorrow as there are a lot of opportunities to be had with how the course plays.”
Madsen tallied seven birdies on the day to finish with a four-under 68, his lowest round of the season. Hopkins was just a stroke behind with six birdies and nine consecutive par-or-better holes.
Pierre Viallaneix shot 72 again on Saturday for a 36-hole total of 144 to tie for 22nd, while Lucas Fallotico sits tied for 39th after shooting 73 in the second round. Thomas Salanito, who is playing as an individual, is also tied for 39th after shooting 75 for a two-day total of 148.
Rounding out the FGCU contingent is Henry Tschopp, also playing as an individual, entering the third round tied for 50th (150) and Austin Cherichella tied for 55th (151).
The second round saw FGCU take the lead for total birdies, 39, through two rounds among the field. Hopkins and Madsen each have 10 over the two days of competition.
The third round will begin on Sunday morning at 8 AM with a shotgun start. Live scoring will be available through

FGCU Lineup:

T10 – Brady Madsen – 74-68 – 142

T10 – Jon Hopkins – 73-69 – 142

T22 – Pierre Viallaneix – 72-72 – 144

T39 – Lucas Fallotico – 75-73 – 148

T39 – Thomas Salanito (Individual) – 73-75 – 148

T50 – Henry Tschopp (Individual) – 75-75 – 150

T55 – Austin Cherichella – 75-76 – 151

White Sands Bahamas Invitational Field:

1 – #53 Ole Miss – 283-276 – 559

2 – #54 Arkansas Little Rock – 280-287 – 567

3 – #28 San Francisco – 288-282 – 570

4 – #21 South Florida – 283-288 – 571

5 – #24 East Tennessee State – 293-280 – 573

6 – #112 Jacksonville – 288-286 – 574

7 – #68 Florida Gulf Coast University – 294-282 – 576

8 – #114 Lipscomb – 293-284 – 577

9 – #123 Florida Atlantic – 283-297 – 580

10 – #85 Michigan – 288-294 – 582

11 – #87 Lamar – 296-296 – 592

12 – #196 Bowling Green – 306-304 – 310

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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 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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