ATHENS, Ga. – led by Austin Cherichella’s one-under performance, the FGCU men’s golf team sits fourth after the first round of the ASUN Championship at the University of Georgia Golf Course. The Eagles shot 293 as a team and are three strokes out of second place.
“I felt like we did a lot of things well, but we need to be more efficient and get some momentum going tomorrow,” said head coach Andrew Danna. “Tomorrow is a new day and new opportunity.”
no. 39 North Florida leads the tournament after day one with a four-under 280. Lipscomb (290) and Jacksonville State (292) are second and third, respectively.
Cherichella shot a one-under 70 in the first round to tie for second and is just four strokes out of first place. He was one over following the first nine holes of the day, but closed the round strong with a two-under effort on the back side of the course. He shot four under on the final seven holes including birds on three of the last four.
Jon Hopkins and Brady Madsen each finished among the top-20. Hopkins tied for 12th with a two-over 73, while Madsen was three over after shooting 74 on the day. Hopkins had three birds in the round which tied Frankie Capan III (T34) who had three on the back nine. Pierre Viallaneix also shot a 76 in the first round to finish alongside Capan.
Overall, the Eagles had 13 birdies on the day led by Cherichella’s five which tied for the individual lead among the field.
The second round will open up on Monday morning with Viallaneix teeing off first for the Eagles at 9:30 AM on hole No. 1. Live scoring will be available through www.GolfStat.com.
T2 – Austin Cherichella – 70
T12 – Jon Hopkins – 73
T19 – Brady Madsen – 74
T34 – Frankie Capan III – 76
T34 – Pierre Viallaneix – 76
ASUN Tournament Field:
1. #39 North Florida – 280
2. #123 Lipscomb – 290
3. #158 Jacksonville State – 292
4. #53 FGCU – 293
5. #36 Liberty – 294
6. North Alabama – 296
7. #225 Eastern Kentucky – 298
8. #108 Jacksonville – 301
9. #189 Kennesaw State – 302
10. #255 Central Arkansas – 307
11. #220 Bellarmine – 309
12. #232 Stetson – 312
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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 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 GolfStat.com rankings with Danna picking up his second straight ASUN Coach of the Year honor. 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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