Career Best Finish for Salanito, Baker Places Top 20 At Streamsong Invitational

BOWLING GREEN, Fla. – both Sam Baker and Thomas Salanito finish tied for 19th on the player leaderboard to lead the Green and Blue as individuals at the Streamsong Invitational Tuesday.

“Really proud of our guys this week,” head coach Andrew Danna said. “I think they did a great job navigating the golf course and managing their games throughout the week. We are looking forward to the next opportunity to compete.”

Salanito’s (Palm Harbor, Fla.) 19th-place effort marked a career-high finish for the junior. He posted a second round of 68, a career-low, and a final round of 70 to enter the clubhouse at 8-under-par (208) for the event. Salanito connected on a par-5 eagle during round two to highlight his three under-par rounds.

Monday and Tuesday’s action marked the first collegiate rounds of play for the freshman Baker (Cloquet, Minn). Baker shot back-to-back rounds of 68 to tie his teammate Salanito at 8-under, moving up seven positions during the final 18 holes competition.

Both Salanito and Baker were just three strokes back of cracking the top 10 as each posted the 13th lowest three-round score (54-hole total) in program history.

Cooper Hrabak (Medina, Ohio) shot three even-par rounds of 72 to card a three-round total of 216, tying for 51st. Sebastian Frau (Italy) finished the event 3-over (219) to place tied for 55th at his first-ever collegiate tournament.

All four Eagles finished higher than three other fellow ASUN competitors. Virginia’s Ben James took home the individual title at 20-under, highlighted by an opening round of 63.

FGCU men’s golf will be back in action on September 26-27 at the Old Town Invitational team event, hosted by No. 19 Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

FGCU INDIVIDUALS

T19 Sam Baker 72-68-68 | 204 | -8
T19 Thomas Salanito 70-68-70 | 204 | -8

T51 Cooper Hrabak 72-72-72 | 216 | TO
T55 Sebastian Frau 71-75-73 | 219 | +3

TEAM STANDINGS
1 #51 Virginia -56 | 808
2 Lipscomb -49 | 815
3 Jacksonville -41 | 823
4 Mercer -39 | 825
5 Stetson -34 | 830
T6 Texas State -28 | 836
T6 North Alabama -28 | 836
8 Chattanooga -24 | 840
9 FAU -23 | 841
10 USC Upstate +1 | 865
11 Ball State +4 | 868
12 Winthrop +15 | 879
13 Lipscomb B +19 | 883

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