11 Oct Men’s Golf Ready For Carolina Collegiate Invitational on Monday and Tuesday
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off a second place finish at the McDowell Invitational to close out September, the FGCU men’s golf team is back in action on Monday and Tuesday, October 10-11, as the Eagles head to the Carolina Collegiate Invitational presented by the BMW Performance Center in Spartanburg, S.C. Wofford and USC Upstate will co-host the event at the Carolina Country Club with two rounds on Monday and the final 18 on Tuesday.
Along with live stats through www.GolfStat.com, the entire match will be streamed live through Gamekast featuring coverage of all 18 holes for each round. The action on Monday will begin at 8:30 AM with a shotgun start.
In their last event, FGCU used a big third round by shooting seven under on the day to jump four spots into second place. Both Austin Cherichella (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona HS) and Brady Madsen (Raymond, Minn./MacCray HS/Winona State) finished among the top 10 going sixth (213) and seventh (214), respectively.
Madsen leads FGCU with a 73.50 scoring average followed by Cherichella’s 73.83 average. Frankie Capan III (North Oaks, Minn./Northwest Christian HS/Alabama) and Thomas Salanito (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) are just behind with 74.33 scoring average.
Playing as individuals for this tournament will also be Lucas Fallotico (Cernusco Sul Naviglo, Italy/Istituto Comprensivo Aldo Moro Seregno) who will be making his FGCU debut. Thomas Salanito (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) will also play as an individual.
Following the Carolina Collegiate Invitational, the Eagles will have two weeks off before heading to the Bahamas Invitational in Nassau.
1. Brady Madsen
2. Austin Cherichella
3. Frankie Capan III
4. Pierre Viallaneix
5. Jon Hopkins
6. Lucas Fallotico (Individual)
7. Thomas Salanito (individual)
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