31 Oct Men’s Golf Ties for Ninth at White Sands Bahamas Invitational
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Jon Hopkins (Bishop’s Stortford, England/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) tied for 15th individually as the FGCU men’s golf team closed out the fall campaign with Sunday’s final round of the White Sands Bahamas Invitational at the Ocean Club Golf Course. The Eagles finished the tournament tied for ninth with a 54-hole score of 863 after shooting 287 in the third round.
The Green and Blue will resume the spring portion of the schedule on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at the Sea Best Invitational hosted by Jacksonville.
“This was a great overall experience for our program. The organizers behind this event did a terrific job. It was an incredible experience for our student-athletes – one that they will remember for the rest of their lives” said head coach Andrew Danna. “We made a few mistakes today which cost us strokes. We’ll turn our focus to preparation and training for starting back tournament play in January and February.”
Ole Miss won the tournament with a three-day score of 838 which was 26 under par overall. East Tennessee State took second, while San Francisco and host Arkansas Little Rock tied for third. Ole Miss’ Jackson Suber won the individual title shooting 205 for the tournament.
Hopkins shot 72 on Sunday for a three-day total of 214 which put him two under par for the tournament. Pierre Viallaneix (Apopka, Fla./Winter Park HS/Western Carolina) was just a stroke behind after a one-under 71 in the third round, while Brady Madsen (Raymond, Minn./MacCray HS/Winona State) had a 54-hole score of 216 highlighted by yesterday’s second round score of 68. Viallaneix and Madsen finished tied for 21st and tied for 23rd, respectively.
Lucas Fallotico (Cernusco Sul Naviglo, Italy/Istituto Comprensivo Aldo Moro Seregno) had the low score of the day for the Eagles with a two under 70 as he tied for 34th (218). Austin Cherichella (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona HS) placed 60th after shooting 226 on the weekend.
Playing as individuals, Henry Tschopp (Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland/Western Texas College/Dodge City CC) finished tied for 46th (221) and Thomas Salanito (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic) tied for 53rd (223).
FGCU notched 57 birdies over the three rounds which was just five behind East Tennessee State which led the field. Jacksonville led the 12 teams with 179 total pars, while FGCU had 157 total which was ninth overall. Madsen had 13 birdies individually which led the Eagles.
Hopkins had a strong third round on Sunday with just two bogeys which were negated by a pair of birdies. Viallaneix and Tschopp each had five birdies to lead the Eagles on Sunday.
T15 – Jon Hopkins – 73-69-72 – 214
T21 – Pierre Viallaneix – 72-72-71 – 215
T23 – Brady Madsen – 74-68-74 – 216
T34 – Lucas Fallotico – 75-73-70 – 218
T46 – Henry Tschopp (Individual) – 75-75-71 – 221
T53 – Thomas Salanito (Individual) – 73-75-75 – 223
60 – Austin Cherichella – 75-76-75 – 226
White Sands Bahamas Invitational Field:
1 – #53 Ole Miss – 283-276-279 – 838
2 – #24 East Tennessee State – 293-280-276 – 849
T3 – #28 San Francisco – 288-282-281 – 851
T3 – #54 Arkansas Little Rock – 280-287-284 – 851
5 – #21 South Florida – 283-288-281 – 852
6 – #114 Lipscomb – 293-284-279 – 856
7 – #112 Jacksonville – 288-286-284 – 858
8 – #123 Florida Atlantic – 283-297-281 – 861
T9 – #68 Florida Gulf Coast University – 294-282-287 – 863
T9 – #87 Lamar – 296-296-271 – 863
11 – #85 Michigan – 288-294-288 – 870
12 – #196 Bowling Green – 306-304-292 – 902
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