Capan, Viallaneix Post Big Rounds as Men’s Golf Remains Fourth at ASUN Championship

ATHENS, Ga. – Behind strong rounds from Frankie Capan III and Pierre Viallaneix, the FGCU men’s golf team remains in fourth place following Monday’s second round of the ASUN Championship at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The Eagles shot 282 in the round giving them a 36-hole total of
575 heading into Tuesday’s finals.

“I felt like we did a great job executing and making birds today with well over 20 for our team. We’ll continue to focus on the positives and do our best to continue to execute the plan tomorrow,” said head coach Andrew Danna. “Tomorrow is a new day and new opportunity!”

Both Capan and Viallaneix shot 69 in the second round to sit tied for 13th (145) among the field. Austin Cherichella was one over on the day giving him a two-day total of 142 which is seventh overall.

As a team, the Eagles are just one stroke behind No. 36 Liberty and two behind Lipscomb. no. 39 North Florida leads the tournament with a total score of 563. Monday’s round score of 282 for FGCU cut 11 strokes off its opening round performance and was the third lowest total of the day.

The Green and Blue racked up 22 birdies on Monday in addition to an eagle by Viallaneix on No. 12. Capan had a team-best seven birdies, while Cherichella had six. Through two days, FGCU’s 35 birdies ranks second overall while Cherichella (11) and Capan (10) lead all players.

Capan sat at five-under through 13 holes, while Viallaneix finished the round with a three-under performance on the back nine.

Brady Madsen’s two-round total of 146 is just behind Capan and Viallaneix as he sits tied for 20th. Jon Hopkins sits tied for 26th at 148 for through 36 holes.

The third round will begin Tuesday morning with Hopkins teeing off first for the Eagles at 8 AM on hole No. 1. Live scoring will be available through

FGCU Lineup:

7 – Austin Cherichella – 70-72 – 142
T13 – Frankie Capan III – 76-69 – 145
T13 – Pierre Viallaneix – 76-69 – 145
T20 – Brady Madsen – 74-72 – 146
T26 – Jon Hopkins – 73-75 – 148

ASUN Tournament Field:

1. #39 North Florida – 280-283 – 563
2. #123 Lipscomb – 290-283 – 573
3. #36 Liberty – 294-280 – 574
4. #53 FGCU – 293-282 – 575

5. #108 Jacksonville – 301-276 – 577
6. #158 Jacksonville State – 292-290 – 582
7. North Alabama – 296-290 – 586
8. #225 Eastern Kentucky – 298-295 – 593
9. #189 Kennesaw State – 302-299 – 601
10. #220 Bellarmine – 309-302 – 611
11. #255 Central Arkansas – 307-309 – 616
12. #232 Stetson – 312-307 – 619

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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 rankings to a then program-best 65 to close out 2020-21. The Eagles set a new program-best during the 2022 season at No. 47 in the rankings. 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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