Men’s Golf Wins Coral Creek Club Invitational

PLACIDA, Fla.Austin Cherichella finished second and Jon Hopkins tied for third to lead the FGCU men’s golf team to the Coral Creek Invitational title on Tuesday afternoon at the Coral Creek Club. It marked the Eagles’ second tournament title over the last two seasons after they won the Old Corkscrew Intercollegiate last season.

The tournament win was highlighted by victories over five top-50 programs including No. 18 Texas A&M and No. 27 South Florida. No. 38 North Florida finished second overall at two under – 12 strokes behind the Eagles on the Par 71, 7143 yard course.

“I’d like to thank The Coral Creek Club for hosting such a wonderful event. It’s always fun to be a part of such special event on such a great golf course. The event was first class and such a great experience for the student- athletes. We are so thankful for our Southwest Florida community, “said head coach Andrew Danna. “I’m really proud of our team closing it out today. This victory will give us some confidence for the busy weeks ahead. We are looking forward to our next opportunity to compete this weekend at Auburn.”

Cherichella fired his second 68 in three rounds to produce a career-low 207 for 54 holes. Hopkins was just a stroke behind at 208 to tie his career low. The team’s 838 54-hole score was its second lowest in program history, while its 14-under performance was the fourth lowest effort vs. Par all-time.

FGCU, which finished the two-day event with four eagles and 53 birdies, celebrated Danna’s birthday with the win. The Green and Blue used a strong long game to finish 22-under on Par 5 holes and were even over the tournament on Par 3 holes.

Frankie Capan IIIwho tied for 12th individually alongside Lucas Fallotico who played as an individual, had a tournament-best tying two eagles, while Cherichella led the field with 14 birdies.

On Tuesday, both Hopkins and Capan produced eagles on No. 13 – the same hole that produced Monday’s pair.

Cherichella had five birdies on Tuesday to finish the three under for the third rounds.

Hopkins finished the day even and Capan just missed on a top-10 finish after running into trouble on No. 15 where he went four over.

Brady Madsen tied for 21st (214), while Pierre Viallaneix shot 215 to tie for 24th.

This was the first tournament win of the season for FGCU which had a pair of runner-up finishes in the fall at the Graeme McDowell Invitational and the Carolina Collegiate Invite. Since the Spring portion of the schedule has begun, the Eagles have placed 9th5th and now first.

FGCU will have a quick turnaround as it heads to the Auburn Intercollegiate this upcoming Sunday through Tuesday, March 6-8, in Opelika, Alabama.

FGCU Line-up:

2 – Austin Cherichella – 68-71-68 – 207
T3 – Jon Hopkins – 68-69-71 – 208
T12 – Frankie Capan III – 67-71-75 – 213
T12 – Lucas Fallotico (Indiv) – 72-70-71 – 213
T21 – Brady Madsen – 69-74-71 – 214
T24 – Pierre Viallaneix – 70-72-73 – 215
T58 – Thomas Salanito (Indiv) – 76-73-78 – 227

Coral Creek Club Invitational Field
1 – # 67 FGCU – 272-283-283 – 838

2# 38 North Florida – 285-286-279 – 850
3# 100 South Alabama – 283-284-284 – 851
4# 47 Liberty – 282-284-286 – 852
5# 66 UCF – 285-289-289 – 863
6# 27 South Florida – 289-290-285 – 864
7# 80 Cincinnati – 291-289-285 – 864
T8# 40 Kent State – 285-292-289 – 866
T8# 18 Texas A&M – 289-290-287 – 866
T8# 84 Toledo – 283-295-288 – 866
11# 70 Memphis – 286-288-293 – 867
12# 91 Jacksonville – 294-297-279 – 870
13# 110 Lipscomb – 302-289-284 – 875
14# 124 North Texas – 287-286-306 – 879
15# 108 Illinois State – 298-290-296 – 884
16# 188 Kennesaw State – 309-308-296 – 913

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HEAD COACH ANDREW DANNA:
Danna is in his third year at the helm of the FGCU men’s golf program after leading the Eagles to a second-place finish at the 2021 ASUN Championship and being named the program’s first-ever ASUN Coach of the Year. 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. Holmgren won the ASUN Championship individual title to qualify for the NCAA Regionals. 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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