Viallaneix, Hopkins Among Top 30 after Day One of Bahamas Invite

Viallaneix, Hopkins Among Top 30 after Day One of Bahamas Invite

PARADISE ISLAND, BahamasPierre Viallaneix (Apopka, Fla./Winter Park HS/Western Carolina) and Jon Hopkins (Bishop’s Stortford, England/Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) each finished the opening round of the White Sands Bahamas Invitational among the top 30 as the FGCU men’s golf team sits in 10th place after Friday’s action. The Eagles shot 294 to finish six over par on the day.

Arkansas Little Rock, who is hosting the tournament at the Ocean Club Golf Course, leads the 12 team field after shooting 280 in the first round. FAU, South Florida and Ole Miss are all tied for second with a day one score of 283.

“We had a few mistakes today which we’ll look to clean up tomorrow,” said head coach Andrew Danna. “We’re excited for another chance to compete and to improve in the next round.”

Viallaneix led the Eagles by finishing an even 72 on the day thanks to a trio of birdies late in the round to tie for 23rd. Hopkins and Thomas Salanito (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic), who is playing as an individual, each tied for 28th after shooting 73. Just a stroke behind was Brady Madsen (Raymond, Minn./MacCray HS/Winona State) who is tied for 36th (74), while Austin Cherichella (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona HS) and Lucas Fallotico (Cernusco Sul Naviglo, Italy/Istituto Comprensivo Aldo Moro Seregno) are tied for 43rd (75). Henry Tschopp (Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland/Western Texas College/Dodge City CC), also playing as an individual also carded a 75 to tie for 43rd.

As a team, the Eagles had 18 birdies which was the fourth most of the day. FGCU finished the day plus-11 on par four holes, but shot six-under on par fives.

The second round will begin on Saturday morning at 8 AM with a shotgun start. Live scoring will be available through

FGCU Lineup:

T23 – Pierre Viallaneix – 72

T28 – Jon Hopkins – 73

T28 – Thomas Salanito (Individual) – 73

T36 – Brady Madsen – 74

T43 – Austin Cherichella – 75

T43 – Lucas Fallotico – 75

T43 – Henry Tschopp (Individual) – 75


White Sands Bahamas Invitational Field:

1 – #54 Arkansas Little Rock – 280

T2 – #123 Florida Atlantic – 283

T2 – #21 South Florida – 283

T2 – #53 Ole Miss – 283

T5 – #28 San Francisco – 288

T5 – #112 Jacksonville – 288

T5 – #85 Michigan – 288

T8 – #24 East Tennessee State – 293

T8 – #114 Lipscomb – 293

10 – #68 Florida Gulf Coast University – 294

11 – #87 Lamar – 296

12 – #196 Bowling Green – 306

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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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